Drs. James Dobson and Gary Bauer wrote a powerful book in the early 1990s. It was titled, Children and Risk. In this book they explained how a new civil war was raging in our country. This war is a war of values and whoever wins gets our children. Since this book was released, studies show that more and more of children from Christian families are leaving the church. It appears that the world has been winning this war of values.
How has the world won? It has won by fulfilling Dobson’s and Bauer’s predictions. They claimed that this war of values had as its major target the younger generation. They further explained how the main front of the battle will be waged on educational turf. Ken Hamm and Greg Hall understood this when they wrote the book Already Compromised. In this book, they stated,
We have looked at the destructive agenda and teachings that permeate secular education throughout Western society. This past week my oldest son shared another example of how secular education is becoming increasingly bolder in waging war for the hearts and minds of its students. He shared with me some passages from a book he was reading by Erick Erickson, You Will Be Made To Care: The War on Faith, Family and Your Freedom to Believe.
In his book, Erickson tells the story of young student wanting to live out her faith in college. This student was summoned to the Academic Dean of the Liberal Arts’ office at a major university during her sophomore year. The dean told her “you’re asking too many questions and you are here to listen and learn.” That alone should be enough to send chills down our spines. However, he went on to tell her this.
…students have been indoctrinated for the first eighteen years of their lives by their parents and by their churches, and we only have four years to undo the damage.
It is encouraging to note that this student was not intimidated by the dean’s confrontation and continued living out her faith in her everyday life. However, it must be noted that it appears she was the only student in her classes that took a stand for truth. The dean’s statement is not really accurate because the vast majority of young people, including those from Christian homes, have been indoctrinated by secular education at the elementary and secondary levels prior to attending the university.
In other words, it is far easier for secular universities and their professors to undo the damage done [to students] by parents and churches when the students have already had more than 14,000 hours of secular worldview indoctrination in secular schools from kindergarten through grade twelve.
Once again, we see that secular education is not so much about discovering truth and learning facts as it is about indoctrinating its students with a secular mindset. Students are expected to just be quiet, listen and learn when attending these schools of secular humanistic teaching. When something is said that goes against biblical truth, you are not to even ask questions.
It is time for Christian parents, church leaders and educators to wake up before it is too late. The world has painted a huge target on the minds of our children. Secular education is intentional in its mission to instill a secular worldview into every student’s mind before they go out into this world as adults.
If only Christians were that intentional in wanting the next generation to think and act from a biblical worldview!