"An Inside Perspective"

May 2004


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Imagine moving into a new neighborhood with your family and immediately having your children invited to the neighbor’s house on the corner. Everybody in the neighborhood raves about this family. One day you take time to visit this family and discover that they are actually pretty nice. Not only that, you notice that almost all the kids in the neighborhood come to their house on a regular basis, so after some consideration you finally agree to let your children spend some time there like everyone else.

The first few visits seem to go nicely. Your children come home all excited about the fun things they got to do and the really neat playmates your neighbor has. They talk for hours about what they did, who they met and how much they like the neighbors. But after awhile you begin to notice a change in your children. It seems that after each visit with the neighbors, your children come home a little more morose and a little bit withdrawn.

Eventually, the time you used to spend together in the evening is spent alone. Your children’s free time is taken up working on projects your neighbor has asked them to do. Even your weekends are interrupted by games and parties your neighbor has planned for them without consulting you. To make matters worse, your neighbor has begun to ask you to chip in for the expenses he has had as a result of your children’s visits.

One day you are having a meal with your children, and you remind them of church the next day. Suddenly, your son blurts out, “I don’t want to go to church anymore. Our neighbor says there is no God. He says people who believe in God are morons and that they will believe in anything, even leprechauns!”

You are shocked and cannot believe what your child has just told you. You then ask, “Just what else is our neighbor filling your heads with?” So for the next two hours they tell you.

Your neighbor doesn’t believe in creation; he believes that people evolved from slime. The earth, according to your neighbor, is a living, breathing god that must be worshipped and cared for at all costs, even if it inconveniences or hurts the human population. He believes that there is no right or wrong, no absolutes and no such thing as judgment. He has told the children that they alone must make their decisions and choose what is right or wrong in their own eyes, no matter what anyone else thinks, including you, their very parents!

He believes being married is an old fashioned concept and that sex apart from marriage is the sensible approach. “How else,” he argues, “can you be sure that you are compatible?” He even believes that sex is fine with anyone, anytime and anywhere. If that isn’t enough, he has been telling your children that men having sex with men and women having sex with women is perfectly acceptable. He has even encouraged your children to think of it as a viable option for themselves! When your children express opinions contrary to your neighbor’s belief system, he informs them that they are narrow thinkers and intolerant.

As a matter of fact, during several of their visits, your neighbor was kind enough to use a banana to demonstrate to your sons and daughters how to use protection when on a date. He has offered counseling, free products and finally, his generosity overflowed as he offered to drive them to an abortion clinic and get them an abortion if ever the protection broke.

What would you do if you were the parent? Would you ever let your children go near his house again? Of course not! Right?

Then why are we sending our children to the public school? The very scenario I described takes place every day in the public school system. We are subjecting our Christian children to a daily dose of ungodly “neighborly” kindness.

I am convinced that parents love their children, so why would they tolerate this abuse of not only their children, but their family autonomy and parental authority? Is it because they have gotten used to the free time they have had while their children are at “the neighbors?” Having our children visit this neighbor daily provides some undeniable benefits. Parents can use this time to shop, go back to school themselves and even get a job to bring in some extra money to by a bigger TV. Have we offered our children on the altar of convenience?

I got a surprise for you too, your neighbor has a twin and he’s in your living room preaching the same “doctrines of demons.” Yes, public schools and the TV are the devil’s pulpits! Isn’t it something that we love his sermons? Is his pulpit (altar) in your very bedroom? How snuggy! With the advent of the Internet, correspondence and satellite schools and hundreds of curricula to choose from, we are without excuse.

(partial credit to another brother, can’t remember who)