Wednesday, January 16, 2013

'More Laws' may not be the Answer



On hearing President Obama's speech today about further gun control, I cringed in thinking that many are going to continue to be led astray by this agenda. The liberal's, and possibly some conservative's, solution to the recent epidemic of school shootings, is more laws; This time, more laws about what type of guns Americans are allowed to purchase. Is this really the problem?

That has been the answer to many problems that exist today. More laws. Is it possible that the liberals, and again, possibly some conservatives, are missing the boat completely? Not seeing the bigger picture and the heart of the issue?

More laws were imposed on the schools: Laws on removing God and prayer from schools; Laws on mandating certain test scores to show student achievement. Has that made the schools any better? 

Consider what our schools would look like if we were still teaching values, at the primary level, such as the Golden Rule to all students: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Luke 6:31).

Consider what our schools would look like if we were teaching a fear of God to all students:  'Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the Lord your God' (Leviticus 25:17).

Certainly, children could choose to reject the teaching, but they might think twice about shooting up a school, turning the gun on themselves and the eternal consequences of their denial of God's principles.

Consider this, administrators and political leaders: What would your schools and our country look like if you ruled with a fear of God? "The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: 'When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.'" (2 Samuel 23: 3-4).

Consider what our schools would look like if all students were taught the ten commandments: You should love your neighbor as yourself; You should not murder; You shall not steal; You should not lie; You should not commit adultery, etc. (Exodus 20: 1-17).

Has our government 'thrown out the baby with the bathwater' in eliminating all religious teaching in schools? My answer is "absolutely".

The teachers were instructed at a school I taught in, to teach only subject matter. Nothing else. All affective parts of a child were to be left to the counselors of the school. This is not what I learned in college, however. We learned that we are supposed to teach the whole child and were, by law, 'In loco parentis', which means 'in place of the parent' when a child is in school.

I expect that the teachers of my children (who happen to attend a public school), teach and model values and ethics. I don't expect them to be robots. I expect there to be diversity, even among the teachers. If one teacher is a Christian, great. If another teacher is not, my child will learn from that experience as well, and perhaps, grow stronger in their faith.

I am deeply disappointed in what I have seen in the last 20 years: The agenda to create more laws and restrictions on our people, both our teachers and our citizens in general. We have rights and a Constitution in this country that were intended to allow us freedoms that are slowly being taken away from us. We had the freedom of speech in the schools, to be true to our faith. That is gone. We have the freedom to bear arms. Is that going to be gone next?

My call to action, is to stand and speak up against this movement and take a serious look at the heart of the issue. What would our schools look like if we taught biblical principles to our children again? Might we offend some who don't believe exactly the same things? We might. But consider the benefits. Even more so, pray, for the God of the Bible, to be restored to our nation.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance." Psalm 33:12


 


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