Who Are America’s Educated Fools?

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.

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America: Free or Unfettered?

Freedom, as understood by America’s founders, meant that freedom for everyone must necessarily be tied to certain boundaries and constraints to work. For over two hundred years, it did work, albeit imperfectly at times.

The Bill of Rights guaranteed all citizens freedom of religion, speech, of the press, assembly, and petition of the Government for redress of grievances. Congress was to make laws that did not infringe on these rights. Laws (boundaries, restraints) were to be passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by the President. Anything not assigned by the Constitution to Congress was to be left to the states. Fairly simple in theory, and with proper enforcement, the country prospered.  America was unified under the Constitution. Its aim was to be “one nation, under God.”

However, America’s unity began to unravel somewhere around 1960 and ever more increasingly since then. Currently the nation is at war from within. It is the most divided since the Civil War.

America’s state of division came about as all deterioration does – little by little, almost imperceptibly. It came with an increasing breakdown of faith and civility over time. It came with a suspicion toward our form of government, with growing disrespect toward our laws, our flag, and our Constitution.

In the beginning and for two centuries, the nation had embraced the principles of Christianity. Every school-aged child in the country knew basic tenets of the Bible through their schools. They knew about the Ten Commandments, and the Golden Rule. They were taught the history of western civilization with its emphasis on the role of Christianity. They were taught how to be good citizens. However, once prayer, the Ten Commandments, and much of history were removed from the classrooms, so were the bases for moral character and good citizenship.

The Scriptures teach that “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraints.” We have seen that happen in America. All boundaries and moral restraints are giving way. Nothing seems to be sacred anymore. No borders and no rules are the order of the day.  Under the guise of tolerance and diversity, we are seeing the unity of America disintegrate.  Will being unfettered be worth the demise of the freest society on earth?

Making America Great Again

Candidate Donald Trump’s slogan in 2016 was “Make America Great Again.”  The words assumed that America was great in the past, but was not so now.  Voters seemed to agree and elected Mr. Trump President.

The idea of making America great again begs the answer to two obvious questions:

  1. If America has been great, what made it so?
  2. What happened to change that?

French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in 1835, “America is great because she is good.  If America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”  He made that statement after visiting American churches, saying, “…not until (I) heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.” In Democracy in America, Tocqueville also said, “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”

For years I and many others have been lamenting the moral decline of America and wondering how we had come to this.  It is most probable that the secular philosophies of progressivism, relativism, socialism, and a jumble of others coming out of our universities bear a great deal of the responsibility.  They determine what is taught and not taught in our schools. It is certain that whatever is perceived as politically correct will make its way into the curriculum.

When prayer, The Ten Commandments, and Christian influence were no longer welcomed in our schools, morality and faith began to decline.  Religion became increasingly powerless to confront evil in the culture.  The question is:  What was really behind it all?

I believe one of the major catalysts was the secularization of the Church.  During the middle part of the twentieth century, many Church leaders were being trained in liberal seminaries that had abandoned the doctrine of Divine Inspiration of Scripture. They began to question much of the Bible’s accuracy and authority. This led inevitably toward churches becoming comfortable with popular movements in the culture.   Many Christians became more and more undifferentiated from the rest of society.

The church no longer accepted the words of James 4:4 that “friendship with the world is hatred toward God”.  Today it seems that many do not even recognize what the term “worldly” means. They don’t know their Bibles. 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 listed the “sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexual offenders, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers” among those who would not inherit the kingdom of God. John, the apostle recorded the very words of Jesus, “Outside (of the city where the tree of life is) are those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” The Bible makes it pretty clear what worldliness involves.

“The Church” was commissioned by Jesus Christ to be salt and light to a sinful world. It was supposed to influence the culture by its righteousness.  That is no longer happening as it should in our nation.  In far too many ways, America has ceased to be good, and it has lost much of its greatness.  If the Church begins to live out its mandate and truly becomes “salt and light” again, it will again change the culture.  Only real revival of the Church and a return to biblical righteousness can really Make America Great Again.