Sunday, October 18, 2020

Christian Politics – Part 10: Education

 

Christian Politics –

Part 10: Education

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

 

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the following issues and shown where the bible stands.

Ø  Jesus, if a U.S. Citizen, would vote in elections to fulfill citizenship duties

Ø  What about the matters of life and death?

o   Healthcare – Miracles, modern medicine & personal control over decisions (not government/insurance/doctor control)

 

o   Suicide & Euthanasia – for reasons other than defense of self, family, property or country, the intentional killing of one’s self, or another is murder, and wrong according to God.

 

o   Abortion & Stem Cells – Abortion too is the intentional killing of an innocent, and considered murder since scripture show that life truly begins at the moment of conception when God begins to knit you in the womb where He also names you.

Ø  Crime and punishment and how the Lord would approve of the death penalty for certain offenses

Ø  War, defense, and national security

Ø  Guns and matters of defense

Ø  Immigration and matters of national security

Ø  Marriage

 Ø  Education

Economy, budget, trade, campaign finances

Ø  Green Values

  

SCRIPTURE READING

Hosea 4:6

 

“my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

 “Because you have rejected knowledge,

    I also reject you as my priests;

because you have ignored the law of your God,

    I also will ignore your children.”

 

                  I.            TWO TYPES OF EDUCATION, BIBLICAL AND SECULAR

a.      Biblical education and the parent’s duty

                                                                         i.      Scripture warns that those who belong to Him are “destroyed” in this world because they lack knowledge

1.      What knowledge is God speaking of? Scripture, His Word

 

                                                                      ii.      “Because you reject knowledge (the Word of God)

1.      “I will reject you as my priests.”

a.      By the way, we (believers) are priests

b.     1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

2.      “Because you ignored the law of your God…

a.      What does the Old Testament Law accomplish?

b.     Reveals our sin and need for a savior!

3.      “…I also will ignore your children”

 

                                                                   iii.      Why are the children ignored?

1.      Because their parents ignored God

2.      Meaning, they also did NOT teach the law of God to their children

3.      And what happens if the law is not taught? They grow up not knowing they need a savior

4.      Without sin being revealed, there is no understanding of their need. Without that understanding of need, there is no searching. Without searching they do not find.

 

                                                                    iv.      Matthew 7:7Seek and you will find…”

 

                                                                       v.      1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

 

                                                                    vi.      Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,”

 

                                                                 vii.      If we do not teach the laws to our children, they will not know what sin is.

1.      If they do not know what sin is, they cannot seek God to confess and repent.

2.      If they do not confess and repent, God cannot forgive them, and they are in turn ignored!

 

                                                              viii.      John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.”

1.      What is God’s will?

2.      Confess your sin, repent and be forgiven, then you will be considered righteous and godly!

 

b.     Secular education and the parent’s duty

                                                                         i.      We are also instructed to teach things of the world and every day life to our children as well

1.      Discipline

a.      Proverbs 23:13-14

b.     Proverbs 22:15

c.      Proverbs 29:15

d.     Proverbs 29:17 “Discipline your child, and he will give you rest; he will bring you happiness.”

 

2.      Teaching both worldly education as well as God’s teachings

a.      Ephesians 6:4 Parents, do not anger your children, but rear them in the discipline and in the teaching of Our Lord.”

 

 

c.      It is our responsibility to educate our children when possible

                                                                         i.      In worldly ways as well as the Lord’s teachings

                                                                      ii.      The BIGGEST teacher of all is OUR example!

                                                                   iii.      1 Corinthians 8:9

                                                                    iv.      Matthew 5:15-16

                                                                       v.      Through discipline, teaching and example we are to raise our children in the teachings of the Lord as well as things of the world so that they will grow in the Lord, understanding and be able to live successfully in this world.

                                                                    vi.      Then they too will be a light unto others.

 

 

 

               II.            WHICH IS A PARENTS DUTY AND WHICH THE GOVERNMENTS?

a.      When is it OK for government to teach biblical education?

                                                                         i.      Never

                                                                      ii.      Many who oppose religion misuse “separation of church and state”

                                                                   iii.      Not fully understanding that it is actually in SUPPORT of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom originally signed by Thomas Jefferson.

1.      This is the act that inspired and shaped the guarantees of religious liberty eventually found in the First Amendment.

                                                                    iv.      In short, the act affirmed what we should recognize in every era: the right to practice any faith, or to have no faith, is a foundational freedom for all Americans. This right is also behind what Jefferson meant when he spoke of a “wall of separation” between the church and the state.

                                                                       v.      WHY is this important?

1.      Because it states the government cannot chose or dictate religion to the people. (One of the problems we had in England)

                                                                    vi.      It is OUR responsibility to attend and assemble with believers for worship, and our responsibility as a parent to teach the Lord’s teachings to our children. Never the governments.

 

 

 

b.     When is it OK for government to teach secular education?

                                                                         i.      In some cases

                                                                      ii.      Unless you are an educator, teacher, or instructor, or if you happen to have an understanding of the materials needed for your child to be able to make a living for themselves when they mature, you may want outside help.

                                                                   iii.      This does not always mean government-controlled learning, though it may.

                                                                    iv.      When homeschooling is not enough, or you just do not understand calculous, you may want other education.

                                                                       v.      The dangers of government education are many, from poor quality of instruction (Common Core), to misguided and ungodly beliefs in health to political views from instructors which may not even be on the curriculum.

1.      I have seen people say they are homeschooling, and their 10-year-old cannot read.

2.      Or they say they are homeschooling and instead of structured lessons with educational value they walk around the yard looking at bugs.

                                                                    vi.      It is sad that a parent would think it was OK to rob their children of a real education.

                                                                 vii.      All you are doing is setting them up for failure in life.

                                                              viii.      It should be our goal to have our children’s lives at least one step better than ours.

1.      If each generation would do this, we would see the world change for the better!

 

c.      Take responsibility to your children’s education

                                                                         i.      Psalm 78:1-7 “My people, hear my teaching;

    listen to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth with a parable;

    I will utter hidden things, things from of old—

3 things we have heard and known,

    things our ancestors have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their descendants;

    we will tell the next generation

the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,

    his power, and the wonders he has done.

5 He decreed statutes for Jacob

    and established the law in Israel,

which he commanded our ancestors

    to teach their children,

6 so the next generation would know them,

    even the children yet to be born,

    and they in turn would tell their children.

7 Then they would put their trust in God”

 

                                                                      ii.      Teach your children the ways of the Lord, and ensure they are receiving the best education in all things as possible.

 

 

 

            III.            WHAT HAPPENS IF WE ALLOW OTHERS TO FULFILL OUR DUTY?

a.      The result of government teaching religion

                                                                         i.      I do not believe in a religious government, and neither did Jesus.

                                                                      ii.      Mark 12:17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

1.      Jesus just stated the separation of church and state, NOT the eradication of state for church!

                                                                   iii.      What happens when we have a government controlled by religion instead of a government run by holy people? This is called theocracy.

1.      Sanhedrin

2.      Iran

3.      The Vatican (Pope considered God on earth)

4.      Ancient Egypt (Pharaohs considered gods)

5.      China

6.      Persia

                                                                    iv.      When the government uses religion to control the people, they use the people to do their evil under the guise of “faith” in whatever god they invoke.

1.      Edward the I of England expelled Jews in 1290, hundreds of Jewish elders were killed

2.      The Catholic church forced 250,000 Jews in Spain to convert to Catholicism expelling between 40,000-70,000 who refused.

a.      Many of which continued practicing Judaism in secret which led to the Inquisition

3.      Parts of Ireland were seized by the English Crown expelling the Irish for English colonies

a.      My ancestors fled religious persecution of the Catholic church because they were protestant, fleeing to America, some of the Shields family dying on the way here.

                                                                       v.      The list goes on and on.

                                                                    vi.      Religious RUN governments are not what Christ is seeking.

                                                                 vii.      But governments run by faithful followers of Christ IS!

                                                              viii.      Government must never teach faith, or choose which faith is allowed. Government can never tell you what faith to have, or if you have any at all. And they can never dictate what you do or do not do, THAT is the TRUE meaning of Thomas Jefferson’s “separation of church and state”

1.      NOT that there are no faithful people in office, but that the government does not control religion.

 

 

b.     The result of government teaching secular education

                                                                         i.      We must also stay on guard with governmental education systems as well

                                                                      ii.      Schools have become the indoctrinating grounds of secular life, liberalism, and agenda’s which are anti-religious and sometimes even satanic.

1.      Teaching falsehoods (including scientifically false information)

2.      Teaching scientific “theories” as fact

3.      Or ignoring facts all-together to teach an anti-religious agenda, such as there are many genders, when scientifically speaking, there are two genders, even though there may be deformities or medical anomalies that are induced by outside influence.

                                                                   iii.      Sometimes education from outside our homes is necessary, however, there are many Christian schools, homeschooling groups, etc., that will teach facts rather than misinformation.

 

 

c.      Choose wisely what your impressionable children absorb

                                                                         i.      Teach them the Lord’s instruction and Word of God

                                                                      ii.      Teach them discipline

                                                                   iii.      Educate them in the truth of science, history, math, etc…

                                                                    iv.      Live as an example to them

                                                                       v.      Correct any falsehoods they may be taught

                                                                    vi.      And as I Corinthians 8:9 states, do not become a stumbling block

CONCLUSION – How would Jesus vote on education?

 

According to scripture, Jesus would vote against allowing religion (ANY) from ruling as a government. Remember, Jesus doesn’t want religion running government, but faithful people running government.

 

In the same token, He would vote against restricting or preventing people of faith from serving in the government, because as Jefferson stated, the separation of church and state protects people of FAITH as well as those who do not want faith dictated to them BY government.

 

I also believe that Jesus would vote against anything that places government education as the only viable system, and against anything that restricts or prevents homeschooling for our children.

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK: Part 11 – Economy

 

 

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