Idealistically having an hour everyday to read the Bible and study Gods Word sounds great. What better way for your child to spend one of his or her classes learning about Christianity and developing their faith, sounds great right! Sandwiched in between a secular biology class and say art history, your child could have an oasis in their day learning about Jesus Christ and what he means to them. Right? I say wrong.
As a practicing, professing, Christian this statement sounds downright insane – I do not want the Bible taught to my children at school.
And here’s why…
1. If you grew up in the same church you now attend, you will not understand the horror of relocating and finding a true, biblically sound, doctrinally strong church. Moving here I first attended an Apostolic Church. I loved the praise and worship, the Pastor was outstanding, the church stage was always open for those to be prayed for and I loved how openly they moved in the Spirit. Yet, I could not commit myself to the long dresses and hair ordinance. Not that I think it’s wrong at all, if I did it though I feel I would be doing it to fit in with them, not in obedience to the Lord. I do not believe God cares about your hairstyle or if you occasionally wear pants. Next I went to a Church of Christ with a family member, I went a total of 4 times, 2 of which the Pastor never got to preach because he and I got into heated debates about the doctrine he was preaching. I never went back. Not to say all Churches of Christ believe in the same things as he, which only serves to illustrate point number 1. On what doctrine, or even from what Bible would this class be taught?
2. When your child comes home an insists that today they learned that there wasn’t anything called a Trinity, or they tell you Jesus was actually Archangel Michael (Jehovahs Witness) or that we will become angels or that God the Father used to live on earth as a man named Joseph Smith (Mormonism), what could you do? Spend your evening unindoctrinating your child from false teachings? To me personally this seems to be a nightmare more-so than a great idea. I am picky about what goes into my children’s minds especially when it comes to their spiritual teachings. What if they are heavy on works and light on faith? What if they have no biblical foundation at all in Christianity? Which leads to point three.
3. Who would teach this class? A Pastor? Again of what denomination in the 28,000 different ideas of what leads to salvation in America. There are literally that many denominational beliefs, and you only get a new denomination one way, to have a split over what we call an “issue of salvation”. What if it’s not a Pastor, what if it’s just a liberal, politically correct teacher, who omits certain truths because they do not align with theirs? Or maybe it would be the worst case scenario, what if it’s an Athiest or and Agnostic which are just non-practicing satanists according to the Bible. Imagine the terrible situation that would give birth too, an entire hour for a spiritual skeptic to bash, pick apart and demean the very book we base our faith upon. Imagine undoing that every single night.
I would rather the teaching and training up in the Word of God happen right here in my house at my kitchen table. Where I know I can speak truth, answer questions honestly, and do what the Bible says IS my responsibility anyways to train up a child in the way he should go. Plugging your kids into a good church and leading them in the Lord is a parents responsibility not the public schools. It’s one of those things that sounds great on the surface, but I don’t have trust in anyone with such a delicate and important issue as my children’s faith. In fact, seeing the wickedness that seems to be inseparable from our government at times, it scares me to think of them controlling anything about who Jesus Christ is or why he came.
That’s just my personal opinion on the matter. I have seen a couple articles as of late saying certain states will begin teaching the Bible in public schools. I guess we may only pray that Gods Will be done and that if it comes to pass that God will anoint teachers for it that preach truth and the true Gospel of Jesus Christ!