“…thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them (idols)…”
There has been much made about when life begins, protecting the unborn, and raging against trafficking in children. Those discussions provide a convenient outward-pointing distraction from the great active sacrificing of children going on every day in the name of education.
Sacrificing their children to the god Molech was in vogue in the prophet’s day. The goal was to bring the blessings of the god upon the land. The blessing was not confined to the parents. The sacrifice was for the good of all—the entire nation was to prosper from the beneficence of the appeased Molech.
Is that so different from loading unguarded children into a bus or car and delivering them to the popular poison that passes for classroom instruction? Feed them to the appetite of the village if you will, but God will not turn a blind eye to the parental abdication of His command to train up a child in the way they should go.
Christian, you—and you alone, bear responsibility for the minds and hearts of your children. That does not mean that they must adopt your faith or heed your teaching. It means only that you must provide that teaching and stand in the gap between the innocent and the secular indoctrination.
We don’t need prayer or moral instruction in schools. We need them at home. Home is where critical thinking must be taught. Home is not a place for pat answers. It is the place to instill young minds with a willingness to question everything—even the faith of their parents.
Thinking is quietly being abolished in public education in favor of compliance with mandates from above. Ironically, the very thing for which those outside the faith ridicule Christians.
Christianity places a high value on obedience to God. However, contrary to some, it is not, and never has been blind obedience. It is obedience gleaned from experimental practice and much closer to science than what society touts as science than the money-driven drivel spouted by “experts”.
Yet, Christians and churches daily feed their children into the gospel of the State. Can God possibly be happy with that? I suppose it’s possible since He was pleased with the closing of church doors at the command of the State. The example we set in doing so was certainly not lost on the young.
The best lessons are those taught by living models and personal experience. Children do not need to go to school or pick up a book to learn. They have instructors all around them every minute. That is why training is committed to those who are supposed to love and value them the most.
Training up a child comes with no guarantees except that they will recall what they see and hear. They will do what they have seen done. Commit to them, then a thirst for truth and a love of freedom.
“…keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: which some professing have erred concerning the faith.”