Church Must Call for Exodus from Public Schools

Barb Wire

When are American Christians going to get it through their thick skulls that the public schools are not their friend?

Some years ago, a friend of mine was substitute-teaching fifth grade at one of our local schools. Just in passing, he happened to mention the Ten Commandments. You would’ve thought he’d dropped his pants: the children were appalled. “Ooooh!” they gasped in unison. “That’s religion!” As if “religion” were pornography.

At about the same time, another friend’s daughter came home from middle school prattling about “the spiritual power of the Earth.” Apparently that kind of religion was perfectly all right.

I doubt it’s gotten better in the intervening years.

Case in point, in the news earlier this year: “Teacher Tells First Grader Not to Talk About Bible in School

At an elementary school in Riverside, California, a little girl was fulfilling a show-and-tell assignment to “share your family’s Christmas tradition.” She displayed her family’s “Star of Bethlehem” and started to read the Bible verse explaining what the star is all about—and the “teacher” stopped her cold, ordering her back to her seat. Because she was the only one to address the actual meaning of Christmas—which is, after all, beyond all possible dispute–she was the only child the “teacher” silenced.

When the girl’s parents objected, and anti-discrimination lawyers cruised into the picture, school officials courageously declined to comment.

If you want your kids to be exposed, day-in and day-out, to “gender coaching,” earth worship, the joys of Big Government, coercive redistribution of wealth, and hissing, spitting hatred of Christianity, you can’t do better than the public schools. By all means send them there, if that’s what you want; because that’s what you’re gonna get, and in great big doses.

Why is the Church in America, all denominations (well, maybe not all of them), not crying out for a mass exodus of Christian children from the public schools? Would the churches be just as silent, just as inert, if their congregants were sending their children to Islamic schools? On second thought, don’t answer that. It might turn out to be a “yes.”

The Church in America is timorous, flaccid, pietistic. The Church in America is blah. It can hardly be called a church at all, according to Biblical standards. It sits there like a wax dummy while its children, by the millions, are herded off to the anti-Christian public schools to be taught that homosexuality is a virtue, abortion is a right, Evolution is the truth, government is the answer, and, above all, that the Bible is a hate-filled collection of fictional stories and is wrong, wrong, wrong about everything.

Real churches, faithful churches, wouldn’t stand for that. Real shepherds don’t let their flocks be fed poison.

Real churches would be helping parents by setting up Christian schools, providing assistance in homeschooling, and forcing their congregations to yank their heads out of the sand and see what’s going on. Real church leaders would be leading their people out of Pharaoh’s schools, not standing on the sidelines, wringing their hands, or whistling, grinning, and saying “What, me worry?”

While the churches of the Western world fiddled and faddled, the servants of antichrist took over our culture—especially the schools. It wasn’t done in secret, nor was it accomplished in the blink of an eye, by magic. But Christian parents are in denial because the public schools are “free” and seductively convenient, and the Church has been content to have them so. It’s so much easier than strenuously laboring to feed Christ’s lambs—not on simple-minded fables that tell them what they want to hear, but on the truth. (“We wouldn’t last a minute if we told the truth!”)

Wise up, O men of God. Wise up!

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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