How could this nation, founded on the solid foundation of Judeo-Christian traditions that produced personal freedom, political stability, economic prosperity and cultural unity, slide so far from those roots? Is this indeed just the “end times” or the “last days” pre-ordained by God and described in His word as a great falling away from Him with its resulting fruits of moral anarchy?
Perhaps. However, we would be foolish if we do not recognize that just as we were given a “Christian Manifesto” with life principles providing guidance by God for every aspect of our life – contained in the New Testament, built upon the Old Testament – other manifestos have had significant impact. Tragically, they may have had even greater impact on our nation than His in recent generations.
In 1933, a group of influential and committed leaders gathered to craft a bold, new agenda for society and to develop a long-term plan for implementing that agenda. The statement when completed was titled, “A Humanist Manifesto,” and through the passion and influence of its signers and adherents, it became a driving force in reinventing this nation.
The most notable signer was John Dewey, known as the father of modern “progressive” education – a pillar of government schools for the last 80 years. Dewey and his co-signers of the manifesto expressed several critical viewpoints, such as:
- “While this age does owe a vast debt to the traditional religions, it is none the less obvious that any religion that can hope to be a synthesizing and dynamic force for today must be shaped for the needs of this age. To establish such a religion is a major necessity of the present.” (emphasis added)
- Comment: Secular humanism IS A RELIGION.
- “Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created. … Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process.”
- Comment: The physical universe somehow created itself and man evolved through a biological accident followed by random mutations, a la Darwinian evolutionary theory.
- “We are convinced that the time has passed for theism, deism, modernism, and the several varieties of ‘new thought.'”
- Comment: All religions that profess a supernatural God are passé and human reason is the highest authority.
- “The humanists are firmly convinced that existing acquisitive and profit-motivated society has shown itself to be inadequate. … A socialized and cooperative economic order must be established to the end that the equitable distribution of the means of life be possible.”
- Comment: Free markets, private property and private enterprise must be replaced by a “socialized” system … forced redistribution of assets.
The reality is that every child who passed through the government schools since then has been influenced by this philosophy. When children are taught that there is no God, there are no moral absolutes, they are biological accidents and that it is perfectly appropriate for them to take by the force of government as a matter of “fairness” what others produced … is there any other logical outcome but to act out on what they have been taught?
Many have heard the statement by President Abraham Lincoln that those who control the classroom in one generation control the government in the next. The fact is that since education is the “… bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners … enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth,” it shapes the thoughts and beliefs of an entire society, not just the government.
That the worldview expressed by the shapers of our government school system is a completely opposite worldview than those who adhere to almost any semblance of traditional Christianity should have sent red flags flying and warning bells ringing decades ago. In fact, leaders such as Phyllis Schlafly, Marshall Fritz, Ray Moore, Joseph Farah and many others have raised that alarm; Christian and parochial schools as well as homeschooling have grown consistently – and yet 90 percent of Christian children in the U.S. are still being submitted to a spiritually, morally and even academically bankrupt system of education dominated by adherents of “A Humanist Manifesto.”
Pastors must once again preach that it is the primary responsibility of parents to assure an education for their children that reveres God, acknowledges His creative hand and teaches the absolutes of moral and intellectual principles. It is time to take our children back from Caesar, whether by getting government out of schools or by getting children out of government schools – if we wish to restore a nation under God that reflects His goodness, justice and blessing.