We often hear talk about the war in Iraq, the war on drugs, the coming war with Iran or the final war of Armageddon. We are quite comfortable with war. In all the years that I have lived, I am closing in on 56 years of age and my country has been at war for over half of those years.
In my opinion, the most important war of my lifetime has been the cultural war that has brought division and decimation to the lives of many Americans. Much of our society is in disarray as a result of the battle wounds of the culture war. Fifty million unborn infants have been sent to early graves. Multitudes of our youth are gender confused. People of all ages have bought into the deception that substances, legal and illegal, can bring some sort of healing into their torn lives. The war on drugs has been a fatal failure. The war on poverty has been laughable. Rather than eliminate poverty government dependency has increased the numbers of the poor.
The clash between Christians and secularists will continue until a victor rises from the bloody pit. Perceptive Christians are saddened because they know they are losing the culture war, losing badly. Despair never overcomes us because we serve the King of Kings and he promises one day to split the eastern sky and conquer the enemies of his holiness. But until this event takes places we are instructed to “occupy until I come”. (Luke 19:13)
Some will say that the real culprit in corrupting our youth is the entertainment industry. Who wouldn’t agree that Hollywood and the modern music industry’s celebration of immorality is a cancer eating away at American values? Others will blame the government. More will point their finger to the church which is no longer willing to offend anyone for fear of losing members or reducing the money stash even though the word of God says that Jesus himself was a Rock of Offense and compares the scripture to a sword of offense. No one is offended by the truth anymore because we are willing to tolerate any amount of sin. A disciplined life of holy living is a foreign concept to many because they are being fed a cotton candy theology that continually affirms that God loves them no matter what kind of lifestyle they live. It is true that God is love but when we fail to balance his love with his justice we develop a misperception of the reality of his full identity.
I think the culture war is not only being lost in the church, it is being lost in the public schools. Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” The common vehicle through which we pass on truth to future generations is the school. We must be asking the question, “What is my child learning in school?” Sadly, there is a certain level of apathy among many who just don’t care about the education of their children.
Christians are not permitted to be apathetic about their offspring. The word of God instructs us “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” (Joel 13) Let’s come to terms with just what our children are being taught in government schools. They are taught reading, writing and arithmetic but not very well. 77% of American parents believe the schools in their neighborhood are doing a good job educating their own children. (Gallup Poll) But the national test scores show that our children are not doing so well. 70% of high school students arrive in college unprepared and they are required to take remediation courses just to get up to par.
The great lie that the public believes is that the more money we spend on education the more improvement we will see. We have sunk billions of dollars into a black hole and we’ve received nothing in return for our investment. Jay Greene, author of "Education Myths," laments the fact that "If money were the solution, the problem would already be solved ... We've doubled per pupil spending, adjusting for inflation, over the last 30 years, and yet schools aren't better." (http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Stossel/story?id=1500338)
Government schools in the United States are a monopoly. Mediocrity is tolerated because the unions are more interested in caring for the paying customer rather than the children in the classroom as was affirmed by Al Shanker who served as the President of the American Federation of teachers (1964-1997) “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of schoolchildren.” The price of education skyrockets where there is no competition and the quality declines because every teacher will have a captive audience every day in spite of how they perform as an educator.
Our children have become pawns on the political chess board, they are willingly sacrificed in the culture war. It is no longer about academic achievement, it is about social engineering. It is about recruiting future foot soldiers to fly the banner for homosexuality, socialism and evolution. Consider Arne Duncan, a Chicago crony who was nominated by Barack Obama to be the U.S. Secretary of Education and confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009. Perhaps Duncan is best known for promoting the Social Justice Solidarity School, a high school exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered students. This isn’t about academic achievement. This is about recruiting youth into a homosexual lifestyle.
Consider also Kevin Jennings who served as Assistant Deputy of Education from 2009 to 2011. When Jennings was a teacher at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, he served as the first faculty advisor to the nation’s first Gay-Strait Alliance. In 1990 in founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. (GLSEN) Why are American Christians willing to sit back and allow our schools to be used as recruiting centers for a sexual lifestyle that is clearly condemned as a perversion of God’s plan in the Word of God? (Romans 1, Jude 7, 2 Peter 2:4-9)
Reforming public schools has been a monumental failure. Parents who can afford to home school or enroll their children in Christian schools should take advantage of a viable alternative to government schools. Parents who have no choice but to send their kids to government schools must aggressively enquire what is being taught to their children and they must provide a structured Christian response to the secular world view their children are being indoctrinated with by provided strong Christ-centered, Bible-centered instruction in the home.