Creepy Spend a few moments perusing this website, dedicated to the proposition that Christian parents have an obligation to remove their kids from Godless, government-run schools. Thier feature item is a lengthy resolution enumerating their grievances with the public schools. Here are a few of the whereases:
Whereas, teaching our children everything that Jesus commanded involves their learning to think biblically about all the spheres of human thought, activity, and life (Dt. 6:4-9) so that they take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
Whereas, our thinking is not to be conformed to this world's way of thinking, but our minds are to be renewed and sanctified by the truth of God's Word (Rom. 12:2; Jn. 17:17).
Whereas, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Pr. 1:7) and in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3), any instruction that does not begin with the fear of the Lord, teaching the centrality of Jesus Christ for understanding all of life cannot properly be said to impart wisdom or knowledge to children.
Whereas, Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters” (Lk. 11:23), the government school system that claims to be “neutral” with regard to Christ is actually anti-Christian, so that children taught in the government schools are receiving an anti-Christian education.
Whereas, the Bible says, children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior (Ps. 127:3-5), we must understand that children are weapons (arrows) to be aimed for the greatest impact in the kingdom of God. Just as it would be foolish for the warrior to give his arrows to his enemies, it is foolish for Christians to give their children to be trained in schools run by the enemies of God.
Whereas, the millions of children in government schools spend 7 hours a day, 180 days a year being taught that God is irrelevant to every area of life.
The resolution contains many other provisions along the same lines.
Take every thought into captivity to the obedience to Christ? Children are weapons to be aimed? Creepy.
When I read this sort of extreme rhetoric I am reminded of just how fragile fundamentalist faith really is. The things they believe are in such defiance of all facts, logic and common sense, that merely being exposed to differing viewpoints at too young an age is enough to damage their faith forever. The burden of being a fundamentalist parent must be almost too much to bear. When I was a child, if I told my parents I thought they were wrong about whatever they would just shrug and laugh it off, maybe correcting my grammar along the way. But if the child of a fundamentalist decides his parents are wrong, those parents live with the knowledge that their ineptitude has led to the eternal damnation of their child's soul. Parenting is hard enough without further burdening yourself with such responsibility.