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Thirteen Years of Secular Agnosticism Produces…Secular Agnostics!

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Justice Souter, in his concurring opinion in Lee v. Weisman, wrote: “When public school officials, armed with the State’s authority, convey an endorsement of religion to their students, they strike near the core of the Establishment Clause.”

But turn Souter’s words around and you have this: “When public school officials, armed with the State’s authority, convey an endorsement of secularism and statism to their students, they strike near the core of the Establishment Clause.”

The effect over time of our schools’ endorsement of secularism and statism for producing secularism in its graduates should be clear, for imagine a home where the parents do not want to “endorse” any religion, where all talk of God is banished and all religious conduct is cast out as impermissible. Over time, what would be the effect of such a home’s policy? To ask the question is to answer it.

This is the case for Christian education. Can Christian kids be “missionaries” in public schools? Indeed. Is it likely that this missional purpose will be what most Christian kids actually do in the public schools? Highly unlikely. What’s most likely is that the lion’s share of Christian kids will come out, wait for it, mostly secular agnostics, even if that’s not how they self-identify. I simply cannot say it enough: An “education” where Jesus is not explicitly and openly acknowledged and worshipped as Lord of absolutely everything is 1) not an education, and 2) dishonoring to Jesus, and 3) a prescription for unbelief. It’s that simple.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

November 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

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