Yesterday a good friend kindly shared an article by a Reformed Scottish Christian chap known as ‘the wee flea’ entitled “Religion in Scots Law and Education.” (see link at the bottom of the page.) I applaud the fact that the folks in contemporary Reformed and Evangelical churches, (the ‘laymen,’ I think, to use that anti Biblical concept, at least) are actually speaking out on relevant issues. This warms my heart, or that could just be the residual effects of the deworming medicine I am taking, I was hit by nasty bugs and a nasty bug a few days ago. It warmed my heart, but…. it left my head confused. I hope that this brief and I hope clear and direct article will help cast some light on the rather convoluted and self defeating article heroically penned by the Wee Flea.
This is not a point by point analysis, it simply highlights the most confused parts that are of interest to me. I hope you find this edifying.
Dearest amigo in real life not just a random Facebook personage, I appreciate you sharing this article, I welcome the fact that you are thinking through the crucial issues that may soon affect your own covenant bairns (children).
I am compelled to shine a light on the brief article, however, as this may help further clarify the issues involved.
A rough summary of the
- The article is addressed against self identifying humanists and statists.
- The author identifies as trying to take over what he maintains are a basically self consciously Christian institution.
- The marks which he identifies as tell tale signs that the schools are indeed essentially Christian are the presence of prayer and cultic acts of worship, plus the presence of clergy on the school boards.
- The author further maintains that Humanists don’t build the key institutions of life, the schools, hospitals and mercy ministries, Christians do.
- He calls for reform, and if necessary, a new beginning where the state would pay Christians to start Christian schools.
I have sympathy for the author’s position, but it is full of gaping holes, false diagnoses and self defeating prescriptions. In response to the five points I have arbitrarily taken from Mr. Flea’s essay.
- The real percentage of functional humanists in Scotland is more like 99.9%. Only those who are self-consciously informed by another religion, such as Christianity or Islam in all the matters of life, are by default humanists. By the very fact that he assumes the role of the state as preeminent in education, and cannot think of a solution outside of this earthly god of humanism. This is especially true of evangelicals and Reformed folk who actively deny and resist any claim of the Christian Reconstructionists that the Bible gives us a blueprint and a mandate to govern ourselves and institutions in every arena of life under Christ the King and his rule, paid for by his tithe where appropriate, or free market transactions. The modern Evangelical and Reformed version of Christianity if an almost exclusively cultic one, a worship hobby, which vehemently refuses to act as a religion, that which is the structure of one’s whole life.
- It is only because of the radical redefinition of Christianity as a cult, and a great degree of wishful thinking and perhaps wilful ignorance that allows the author to make the breathtaking claim that Scottish schools are self-consciously Christian. And yet he conceded that the Churches gave the schools away into the hands of the state 140 plus years ago, the then nascent and now blooming, secular humanist state. The political controllers of the schools are humanists, the textbooks are humanists, the teacher academies teach humanistic views of the child and learning, from the great and the not so great humanist educators. The curriculum is pure humanism. Indeed, it was the atheists and unitarians that militated for the state control of Christ’s schools, aided and abetted by the Scottish clergy who gave Christ’s portion to the state, in the name of a new religion, pietism, which excluded the Lord Jesus from all but the human heart, the realm of experience.
- He makes sacerdotal whitewashing the essence of Christianity, where is Christ in the textbooks, how is he honoured and acknowledge openly in History class, in Maths, in Science? Utterly depressing
- This is schizophrenia, which seems to be endemic when Reformed people think on issues of education. The Church built these institutions, ran and controlled them, wrote the textbooks, and most importantly paid for them. And yet, he moves to point 5.
- Having acknowledged that he who pays the piper calls the tunes, the calls upon the state to fund Christian schools. Pure Schizophrenia. I don’t think the author is stupid, I think he is in the thrall of what for him is his sine qua non of action, the divine state. I think he can’t see the state, because he, like so many of us, lives and moves and has his being in it. Which is kinda the attitude we should have towards God, the real God.
The author is correct on many individual points. However, if we are to get out of this impasse, we must realise where we are and where we ought to be. By default we are all humanists and statists, by our education, seventeen plus years of systematic statist humanist indoctrination, reinforced by the media and by other members of our society. It is only by the systematic tearing down of every one of the intellectual/spiritual strongholds of this religion in our life and the systematic sanctification of our thinking in every area of life with Christian thoughts that we can ever hope to move forward towards freedom in Christ and a true enlightenment, in the glow of Christ, the Light of the World.
The original article is here.