The War for Your Children

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Not a few Christian folk are beginning to worry. They’re thinking that they may be losing the culture war. The strongest evidence they see: their young people are abandoning the faith in droves.

You know, you are up against one set of problems when you are dealing with people who believe that there is a God, but whose conduct is wrong. They are intentioned, and they can be brought back to that God. You have a whole different set of problems when you are trying to reach people who no longer believe that God is. How on earth did we get to this place?

Well, how long has it been since God was banned from the schools? Can you trace it back in your mind? Do you know when it was? Because when I was in high school, you could pray at the beginning of a football game (and they commonly did over the speaker system). When I was in school, you could actually pray in the school. People could talk about God, a teacher could have a Bible on his desk if he wanted to have it there. But that was when I was in high school. When did it change?

Well, there is an elephant in the living room that few were willing to talk about. It is the system of public education in this country—a system that has been corrupted by a series of lawsuits designed to eradicate God from public life. I can say with near certainty that there is no hope of turning public education around. It’s just too involved, too ingrained, and it can’t be done. For one thing, it will take too long. Changing the court system is the work of a generation—no, two generations—and the lawyers and judges of tomorrow are being educated by that same system we want to change right now. If there’s to be any hope at all, it has to be in private education. And be warned: Private education will be fought every step of the way by the education establishment. The only reason the battle has not been joined more vigorously is because private education is not seen as a threat…yet. But there is reason to believe right now that some of those things are changing…


Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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