So the idea being put forth is that 33 states are now looking at providing optional, elective bible classes in public schools. I kind of like the idea, so I’m going to remain optimistic here.
(Oh dear Lord, one in ten kids can’t even read, our schools teach that you can just pick your own gender, and how to put rainbow colored fruity flavored condoms on a banana is a real thing. What’s going to happen to the bible in their hands???)
Sorry, I was just hyperventilating for a moment. All better now. Optimism, optimism….
A couple of things come to mind right off the bat. First off, people should home school. But even if you don’t, faith is still our responsibility. You can’t just hand the job off to a secular school system. It’s kind of like how people complain about how, “we’ve kicked God out of public schools!” Well, how many of you actually read the bible together and pray together at home??
“In Him I have my breath and being.” So in theory anyway, you can’t technically kick an Omnipotent Being out of anything. That doesn’t even rise to the level of a logical fallacy, which more people would fully understand if they had actually been home schooled, but I digress.
This whole idea that we can just dump every social problem we have on our public schools and they can just magically indoctrinate all these problems right out of the next generation is precisely why we now have classes learning how to put rainbow colored condoms on bananas and selecting which one of 23 genders they’d like to self identify as.
Bear with me, I have a greater point. I don’t believe you can actually “teach” the bible. True, I am a total autodidact by nature, but I genuinely believe you cannot teach people what they do not want to learn. People actually teach themselves. You can provide resources, facilitate learning, and spark some critical thought, but you can’t really “teach.”
In our faith, this truth is even more critical, because the Holy Spirit teaches us. I can link to a dozen theologians right now, degrees and all, and every last one of them an atheist. Do they know the bible? Well…… sort of. They know the words anyway, they are familiar with history and doctrines, but they deny the existence of the Author.
Their understanding of the principles and prophecy put forth in the bible is… really odd. It would be kind of like me trying to translate a Japanese video game. “All your base are belong to us.” They be speaking biblical Engrish.
The bible just doesn’t make much sense if you don’t have some kind of a relationship with the Author and Finisher of our faith. You can’t just read the bible, and poof, now you’re singing that old song from the Monkeys, “I’m a believer.”
Well, it may happen just like that for some people, but what I mean is that the Father first draws us to Himself.
In fact, it actually says something about that in the bible. John Six:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Or Jeremiah 31:3, “The LORD appeared to him from afar: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving devotion.”
“We love because he first loved us.” That’s also in the bible. You can’t really “teach” love, love must be experienced and reached for.
We actually don’t need to be “taught” the bible. We just have to read it. Don’t get me wrong, there are all kind of wonderful resources and studying it with other people can give you fresh eyes to see things in different ways, but the very notion that it can be “taught” as if you can just download data into a human computer brain and magically fix all the viruses is just wrong.
But I do think we seriously need to change this culture. People must be supported, nourished, loved, encouraged to read the bible, to pray, to have a relationship with the Lord. Children especially, because they are far more vulnerable to social pressure, and they are being robbed of their opportunity to be in faith by the amount of hostility and rejection being directed towards anything Christian. And it is just brutal out there.
So, I’m going to remain optimistic here. The very fact that we are even talking about how there might be a need for elective bible classes in public schools is a potentially good thing. If nothing else it provides some push back against a culture that has done everything it can to try to instill shame and social disapproval against all things Christian.