Have you wondered what is happening to our country? Why are we so angry with each other?
- Why are we having violent riots in our cities?
- Why are people tearing down monuments and the portraits past leaders?
- Why are the attacks that our leaders launch against each other so venomous?
- Why do some people insist upon forcing their beliefs upon others?
Every society engages in a constant tug of war over what people believe. Why? Each of us wants others to believe what we believe. We feel better when others affirm our beliefs and behave the way we want them to behave. Since what we believe about God usually defines how we came to be, what it means to be human, our purpose for living, and what we each believe about good and evil; we primarily struggle over our beliefs about God.
Consider, for example, America’s last great civil war. Christians in the North led the abolitionist movement. So, Christian churches divided between North and the South. Those theological divisions went deep into the heart. Because of slavery the division between the North and the South became A GAP TOO WIDE AND TOO DEEP TO BRIDGE. That is, because of slavery the cultural beliefs of the South diverged significantly from those of North. Similarly, the cultural beliefs of Secular Liberal Democrats have diverged widely from those of Conservative Christians, but why?
In the United States we have invested state and local governments with the primary responsibility for education, from kindergarten through advanced degrees. This has been a huge mistake. Why? Because it effectively makes politicians responsible for what children learn, and parents should be responsible for that. Parents love their children, but politicians are more likely to love power and influence. In fact, politicians have sold access to the minds of our children, and they have allowed various interest groups to indoctrinate our children in various “isms” and ideologies including.
- Socialism/Marxism. We have traditionally had a republic which stands in direct opposition to a statist regime. Why? Americans use to think government existed to protect their rights, not to give them other people’s stuff.
- Environmentalism/Animal Rights. Americans use look upon themselves as stewards of the Earth, that God gave us the Earth to keep and protect it. Environmentalists would have us see ourselves as an unmitigated disaster for the Earth.
- Multiculturalism/Human Secularism. Multiculturalism is a trick that proclaims all religious beliefs equally valid. Yet, all religious beliefs cannot be equally valid. Each religious belief declares a truth that excludes the others. That means that all religious beliefs must be equally untrue. Hence, if we accept multiculturalism as true, we are left with Human Secularism by default.
- Tribalism. Identity politics is suppose to be about inclusiveness, but think about the definition: “politics in which groups of people having a particular racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity tend to promote their own specific interests or concerns without regard to the interests or concerns of any larger political group (from merriam-webster.com)”. When we are obsessed with our race, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and so forth, we stop seeing other people as human unless they are part of our own particular identity group. That is, instead of concerning ourselves with the content of each other’s character, we start judging others based upon superficial characteristics. Instead of protecting the rights of Americans, we start furthering the interests of our identity group at the expense of our countrymen. That is why some people want open borders, for example. They don’t care about what is best for the country. They just want more people who look like them.
So, what should we do about this? Is there anything we can do? Yes. We can fight for school choice for parents. We must make school choice the civil rights issue of the 21st Century.
Each of us should look in horror upon the indoctrination of our children by people we don’t know teaching our children things we don’t believe. In fact, we should be ashamed we have allowed politicians manage the education of our children for so long.
Proverbs 22:6 Good News Translation
6 Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.
Because we cannot trust our political leaders with such immense power, we must put parents back in charge of the education of their children.
If we put parents back in charge of the education of their children, will we still have our differences? Yes, but we will have the opportunity work out our differences in the marketplace. Parents will choose what they want their children to learn, not have someone else impose their beliefs upon their children. Then we will have the opportunity to learn in practice why it is more important to protect everyone’s religious rights than it is to impose our beliefs upon someone else.