PLEA TO SOUTHERN BAPTISTS: HELP SAVE OUR CHILDREN!
June 21-22, 2005 may be one of the most important dates in the history of our nation. It could very well determine whether our nation will continue to descend exponentially into her moral free fall, or spark a revival and reformation which could save our nation. In Nashville Tennessee, the Southern Baptist Convention will consider a resolution addressing the issue of pro-homosexual materials in public schools and encourage parents to seek alternatives to public school education. How can a simple resolution at a meeting with a bunch of Baptists impact America and the history of our republic? Please do not underestimate the importance of this event.
The resolution is designed to make Christian parents and pastors more aware of the aggressive homosexual activism being sponsored by many public schools. The resolution is co-submitted by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr., a prominent Southern Baptist lecturer, preacher, and author of The Ever-Loving Truth and Bruce N. Shortt, a Texas attorney and co-sponsor of the 2004 Christian Education Resolution and author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools.
According to Exodus Mandate, the Baucham-Shortt resolution also: (a) commends Christians working in government schools, (b) asks Baptists to make a greater effort to provide and support Christian educational alternatives to government schools, especially for the benefit of children from low income and single parent families, (c) calls upon Baptists to pray for homosexuals, and (d) rebukes homosexual advocates for slandering minorities by claiming that homosexual behavior has any authentic connection with the civil rights movement.
We should applaud the efforts of Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr., and Bruce Shortt for standing valiantly and courageously to rescue our children from our modern day government schools which have become parochial schools for humanism and every other kind of �ism imaginable.
I have a deep and abiding affection for the Southern Baptist denomination. At age 26, three and a half years ago, in a Southern Baptist Church, I followed that Holy Spirit tug down the aisle to repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I currently attend an SBC church in Central Ohio. I love the SBC because Baptists are soul-winners. I would speculate that many people have come to faith in a passionate Spirit-filled Baptist Church. Additionally, the SBC has undergone an unbelievable battle in the past few decades to wrestle the reins away from the liberal invasion that so permeates every denomination. The SBC is standing strong as so many denominations have allowed the culture to be the salt to the church.
Can one denomination have an impact on the future of our nation you may ask? Consider that since its formation in 1845 in Augusta Georgia the Southern Baptist Convention has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States. Imagine the financial impact that 16 million tax-payers to government (public) schools could have if each family decided before God that they were going to give their children a Christian education either through home education or Christian schooling. It is breathtaking to consider the profound impact we could have if we were obedient to the second part of the Great Commission to not only make disciples but to teach our children to obey all that Jesus has commanded us.
In Church, we have AWANA, Vacation Bible Schools, Sunday Schools, Upward Basketball and other wonderful programs to model and teach our children. We definitely care about what our kids are learning in Sunday school. How much more should we worry about Monday-Friday school! Parents do not understand the urgency of the crisis in our educational system. Schools are having a nervous breakdown. Kids are being disciplined for holding chicken bones in a threatening manner, and dodge-ball is being replaced with more �multi-cultural� and �diverse� programs such as dress up day as the opposite sex.
If you don�t think public schools are centers of indoctrination consider this quote from a prominent Humanist publication:
�The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new-the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of love thy neighbor will finally be achieved.�
The other side understands the battle for the hearts and minds of our precious children. Brethren, we have already lost the war in the public schools. They must not be reformed and cannot be. Public Schools are enemy territory and we must rescue our children as if they were POW�s in a concentration camp. We cannot reform an institution that is not ordained of God. The family is the God ordained vehicle with assistance from the church, not the state. We would never allow the government to baptize us or give us communion but we freely offer our children.
We may win the right to have a sticker on a science text book here and there but, for every moment that we waste in deciding whether the public schools are fit for our children, we will lose more of our very heart, soul and freedom as a nation. It won�t take but ten or twenty years before all 11 constitutional amendments passed by values voters protecting marriage, are erased by a new batch of indoctrinated, �tolerant� voters deciding to overturn them. If you want to wait and find out whether or not your local school indoctrinates your precious child before you remove them I can save you the effort.
I grew up in small upper middle class town in Ohio. You were frowned upon if you did not go to college. We have had several students get perfect scores on achievement tests. I certainly became a well educated, knowledgeable enemy of Christ with my diploma in hand, 3.9 GPA and 9th ranking in my class. I was Phi Beta Kappa in college. (I�ll cover higher learning in a later column.) Sadly, I am now learning the U.S. Constitution which I did not learn in public school or through public university. We cannot rest while our children are sacrificed on the altars of humanism and Darwinism. Our children are being intellectually, spiritually, and morally asphyxiated despite passing proficiency tests with flying colors.
We indeed live in perilous times. We live in a time that will require uncommon valor. Can we rest our hopes solely on the SBC? Could 16 million SBC members withdrawing from government schools be the impetus that leads our nation back towards the Bible in all areas of faith and practice? Only time will tell. There are other movements however, developing within the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America). Pockets of prominent people are beginning to awaken to our biblical responsibility to educate our children, and the SBC may very well lead the way.
This is why I adjure you with all godly sorrow and pleading SBC, please be our Moses and deliver our children from Pharaoh�s schools.
� 2005 Nicholas Jackson
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Nick Jackson is a physical therapist from Ohio who assists pro-life and pro-family ministries in the Central Ohio area. He is executive director of Reform America, a Christian Activist organization based in Columbus. For more information on Reform America go to www.reformamerica.com
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The other side understands the battle for the hearts and minds of our precious children. Brethren, we have already lost the war in the public schools. They must not be reformed and cannot be. Public Schools are enemy territory and we must rescue our children as if they were POW�s in a concentration camp.