Education is a highly debated topic in our country – even across the globe. People dispute the role and authority of education. Should it be controlled by the government? What about home schooling or Christian schools? It matters little what the Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, or other groups say about education. What is important is what the Bible says.
“Founded Upon a Rock” examines both the Biblical mandates regarding education and the foundations of the Christian and home school movements. As Baptists, we should not only be concerned about how education is implemented, but we should also be aware of how the foundation was laid.
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Dr. Scott Hanks, Heritage Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS
Dr. Ron Comfort, Chancellor of Ambassador Baptist College
Dr. James Beller, Arnold Baptist Tabernacle
Separation of Church and State
The issue about the separation of Church and State has been, and continues to be, a pressing and misunderstood matter. It is my plan in the next several weeks to post articles pertaining to this issue. In this post, I am starting from the beginning: the letter from the Danbury Baptist Association to the President and then the letter of his reply to them.
When Thomas Jefferson wrote his letter to the Baptist congregation in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1802, eleven years after the Bill of Rights had been ratified, he said that the First Amendment errected a “wall of separation” between Church and State. Even though Jefferson was a brilliant man and an important force in helping to establish many of our early laws and traditions, his statement was simply not true.
Anytime you hear the concept of the separation of church and state being talked about these days, it is never in regard to maintaining the restraints on government; instead, it is always talking about what Christians and churches cannot do. (D. James Kennedy, “Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul,” p. 50)
The Bible NEVER gives the responsibility of education to the government. NEVER! God has given the primary responsibility of education to the child’s parents. The Bible also gives command for the churches to teach in spiritual matters as well as assisting in “carnal” or “natural” things (education, among others, such as food, clothing, etc.). Neither the church nor the state has the right to take the parents’ role of educating their children; however, the parents may choose to seek outside assistance with their responsibility.
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