For decades Americans have been taught to believe that education is the panacea for everything. We are told, “If we can just get everyone sufficiently educated, all of our problems can be solved.” But, is that true?
As the recipient of both bachelors’s and master’s degrees, as well as an additional thirty-six credit hours beyond that, I assumed I was sufficiently educated. Although, I knew education was a life-long process, I figured my preparation should allow me to debate with credibility on most issues of the day. It took several years for me to realize my education wasn’t sufficient to make me wise. There is a big, big difference between the two.
One thing that finally struck me was the problem of pride, including my own. It causes the educated to have a “smarter than thou” attitude, which blinds us to the “wisdom factor.” Many less educated people have that wisdom, especially those who have spent a lifetime studying the Bible and great Christian thinkers. Many well-educated people have also attained it.
Education itself does not lead us to morality, character, sensitivity, or compassion. One only needs to look at the condition of our society to see that truth. Highly educated people cheat, lie, steal, and destroy others with the same abandon as the uneducated. Many of those same people tout their compassion, but they are willing to destroy those they see as “evil.” That would be anyone who disagrees with them or gets in the way of their agenda.
So, who are the educated fools? They are the ones who deny God in their hearts. They deny his sovereignty, his created order, and his laws. They see themselves as the measure of all things, with the right to determine good and evil. They call evil good and good evil. Their ultimate goal is to create a new world order and return humanity to Babel. They are more than willing to use the education system to get there.
May God deliver us from them.