Russell and Duenes

Our Children Are Ensnared To Follow Them

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A16306.jpg“When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’”  ~ Deut. 12:29-30

You’ll forgive me if I see applications to education just about everywhere. It seems clear that educating one’s child or children is the major undertaking when it comes to raising them. Nothing else comes close.

God commands the Israelites to tear down the alters of the false gods in their new land, to utterly destroy all the places where the Canaanites worshipped their false gods, and to obliterate the names of the idols from their midst. God permits them no accommodation. Why not? Because the Lord does not want His people to be “ensnared to follow” the pagan gods. And they will be ensnared if they merely leave the pagan infrastructure in place, much less if they allow their children to be inundated by its teachings and socialization.

The government schools are a place where our children “inquire after their gods,” for the true God cannot be named or given any of the credit and honor He deserves. To not inquire after Jesus, to not teach fealty to Him as Lord and King, everyday, in all of the curriculum, is to allow the sacred pillars of secular agnosticism to remain in place. Somehow we think this was only a problem for the Israelites. Our children will fare better.

Yet R.C. Sproul Jr. says that we “don’t lose” our children, “we give them away.” The “salt and light” argument for keeping Christian kids in public schools “is not working,” says Sproul. “If we send out evangelists and they become unbelievers, we’re not following a biblical strategy. But to proclaim the lordship of Jesus Christ in the government schools will get you thrown out, whether you’re a teaching, an administrator or a child.”



Written by Michael Duenes

October 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm

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