Is it Time for Churches to take over our Children’s Education?

Almost every day, I either read or hear about a further deterioration of our public education system.

From its inception and for many years thereafter, our public schools were Judeo-Christian oriented. And the Bible itself was a natural part of the curriculum. Children were led to believe marriage could only be between one man and one woman. And homosexuality was deemed an abomination Scripture says it is.

Schools taught Communism as the anti-God failed system practiced by the former Soviet Union that no one wanted to be a part of. And Islam was regarded as the anti-Christian anti-Jew barbaric religion of a backward Middle-East people still living in the 7th century.

But, with an immigration policy run amuck where foreigners both legal and illegal have been pouring across our borders for decades, some looking for a better life, others to do us harm, our culture has been so altered that our founding fathers would not even recognize it.

Our public school system today is anything but Judeo-Christian oriented. In fact, Christianity is outlawed. The Bible is banned from the classroom. Students are even denied prayer. Every single value once considered an absolute necessity for a civilized society has been removed.

And what do we have now? – Communism and Islam. Our government says there is no place for God in education, that there has to be a separation between church and state. So, what does that mean? It means Communism must be taught because Communism is totally anti-God.

But there is one exception to the so-called “separation of church and state” mandate – although Islam is a religion (and more), it is being taught in our schools. And not only is it being taught but our schools hold Islamic days when non-Islamic students are required to take on Muslim roles to include names and dress. Christianity and Judaism are forbidden but Islam is practiced.

But, are students informed that Islam is dedicated to a world-wide Caliphate and the purging of all Christians and Jews? No! Students are taught that Islam is just another peaceful religion not unlike Christianity.

Sex education is now taught in kindergarten with role-playing. Students are told it is perfectly normal for boys to play with dolls and girls to engage in boy things. In fact, homosexuality is not only condoned but actually indorsed.

My neighbor wrote an excellent article on the subject that recently appeared in a local newspaper. He expressed concern over what his children are being exposed to in school; and so should every other parent.

So, what are we to do – can we change the present system? Can we bring public education back to where it began – back to a time when the underpinning of all Western education was the Judeo-Christian Bible?

While many will say yes, the answer is an emphatic no! We cannot change the present public educational system; it is simply too far gone. It has taken 50 plus years of constant assault to bring it to where it is today. Can we afford another 50 plus years for restoration? Can our children wait that long?

Today, local schools receive financial support through the state from the federal government. The federal government sends funds down to the state, which in turn funnels them to local schools.

And therein lies the problem. As long as federal tax dollars either partly or wholly fund local schools, the federal government will be telling schools which textbooks are approved and what they can and cannot teach. And under such federal guidelines, it is wishful thinking to believe circumstances will ever improve.

If we wish for a better school system, we must have a NEW SCHOOL SYSTEM. It is just that simple.

So, how do we get a new system? We can get it through our churches. Church schools are the only answer – at least for the interim. For the most part, churches are vacant during those hours when schools are in cession. So, with a little preparation some of our churches could fill a double role.

About the only freedom we still have left is that of worship. So, it behooves us to link our children’s education to our faith. And if we don’t soon do it, my concern is that one day we may not even have churches to go to.

It will not be a simple task, but it is doable. However, there must first be a meeting of those people interested in a new education system. In other words, an initial meeting is needed to discuss both goals and obstacles.

Remember, if we wish to get something accomplished, we must start – and the initial meeting will be a start.

The Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven

The kingdom of God is one of the most important doctrines in the Bible. But it is also one of the least understood. And one reason it is misunderstood is because it is often confused with kingdom of heaven. The truth is that kingdom of God and kingdom of heaven are distinctly two different things.

For clarification, let’s take kingdom of heaven first because it is easier to understand. Literally, kingdom of heaven refers to Christ’s kingdom on earth, when the Lord will rule the world from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. In other words, kingdom of heaven is a physical place of the future.

We see this plainly in Matthew 8:11 which reads, “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.”

In the above passage, Jesus had just finished conversing with a centurion, a Roman military officer who had trusted in Him as his God and Savior. Being impressed with the centurion’s strong faith, Jesus was saying that many with such faith from all over the world would be joining Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in His physical kingdom.

So naturally, to get into the kingdom of heaven one must first become a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. And that is what we realize when we read, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). And the will of the Father is to believe or trust in His Son Jesus Christ.

On the other hand we also read, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). To comprehend this passage we must understand that Jesus lived and conducted His ministry in the time of the Jews. And they knew nothing of the upcoming church age or age of grace.

Therefore, when Jesus said “the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” He was skipping over the church or age of grace, which would not begin until Pentecost or fifty days after His death, burial and resurrection.

If that sounds strange, it must be remembered that up to the very end of His life on earth, even His own disciples failed to grasp that Israel’s ministry would be set aside and temporarily replaced by the church. So, even though it may seem that Scripture blends the two terms, kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God are different.

Another misconception regarding kingdom of God is that it refers to a certain conduct on the part of Christians, i.e., doing good things unto your fellow man – what some people refer to as being Christian. But displaying a so-called Christian attitude to others is not the kingdom of God.

So, what is the kingdom of God? The easiest way to understand kingdom of God is to think in terms of someone who has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ; that person resides in the kingdom of God. In other words, kingdom of God is associated with eternal salvation.

This we see when we read, “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15).

Jesus was saying that those who repented, or changed their mind about Him (believed in Him) would be saved or would enter into the kingdom of God. That is why He also said, “And if thine eye offende thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire” (Mark 9:47).

Further proof comes to us through a dialog between a Pharisee named Nicodemus and Jesus. Responding to Nicodemus, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

In the above words, Jesus was making it clear to a very religious Pharisee that physical birth as a Jew and believing one lives according to the law was not sufficient for salvation or entering into the kingdom of God – for, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Salvation comes from believing or trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. And when that happens, one enters into the kingdom of God.

Kingdom of heaven refers to a future physical place, whereas kingdom of God refers to a spiritual condition, i.e., eternal salvation.