Saturday, June 19, 2010
The State is Not Our God
Education (part 45)
Jesus said we cannot have two masters. The God of the Bible is the Lord of all of life, especially when it comes to the education of our children. To place God in the position of irrelevance in the field of education is to deny His Lordship and is the functional equivalent of denying His existence. The unbeliever seeks to explain all things in terms of his philosophy. From this point of view, the Christian faith is merely the product of an outdated and unscientific philosophy. Christianity is irrational because it is opposed to his presuppositions about reality (only silly or ignorant people hold to such myths).
For the Christian, the situation is exactly the opposite. As Christians we understand that life is God-centered and we therefore seek to interpret all things in terms of the purpose God has given in His Word. Since He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, the universe finds its purpose and meaning only in Him. We must concur with God's assessment of unbelievers: "Professing to be wise, they became fools" (Rom. 1:22). Deuteronomy 6:4-9: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."