Two weeks have passed since the landmark Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage; and since that time, writers by the thousands have weighed in on this nation-changing, unconstitutional, government overreach. Extreme vocalness from both sides and personal devastation for my children and my nation make me reluctant to throw in my two cents. What can I possibly add to the discussion at this point that would be productive? How can I offer hope to a nation that is floundering? How can I help parents who feel like I do?
If you’ve read this far, it is clear that I align myself with the minority of justices; but for now I don’t have much to say about the actual ruling. However, I do want to discuss how parents and families with traditional Judeo/Christian values can respond. I’ll skip all the exhortation about loving our neighbor while hating the sin. Others have encouraged us in this area and many have done so quite eloquently. Thus, my focus will be on the following: First, we have to understand how this happened. From that we can find a solution.
How did this happen? The answer is simple, propaganda. The left has been feeding us well organized, well branded propaganda for decades – and not just concerning the same-sex marriage issue. Liberals have been working to tear down the traditional Biblical family on all sides. They’ve been successful in doing so through entertainment and education.
From kids shows like Sesame Street, where kids learn about how wonderful the United Nations is, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George, where parents are trained alongside their children that kids are in charge and adults should never say “no”, to adult programming where homosexual couples are celebrated and portrayed as more loving and “normal” than the hateful, idiot Christians or heterosexual married couples, daily television has flooded us with liberal thinking. Some of it has been covert and subtle, while more and more of it is belligerently in our faces.
The other major push from the left has come through public education. You need not look beyond the Department of Education’s Facebook page to see that they immediately posted a new rainbowed logo as their profile pic (They since have changed it back.). Need I say more? Our biggest entitlement program’s alignment and agenda is clear! The public schools in America have spent decades revising our history and changing our origins so they could promote socialism and morally bankrupt ideas. Given these problems, the questions then becomes, “What is the answer?”. Although I have many ideas, I will focus on dealing with the education issue where we have a couple of options.
Our first priority is for every Bible believing family in America to withdraw their children from the public school system immediately. You either have to home-school them, which isn’t as hard as most people think; or you have to enroll your children in a Bible believing private school that is not also inundated with teachers and administrators who have been certified by the secular school system. Now many people would say, “Oh, no (panic and pandemonium), you can’t withdraw all the Christian children from the public schools. You’ll leave a gaping hole, and there will be no one to speak truth and demonstrate the love of Christ to those who are left!” I once would have agreed with that argument. The problem with that thinking is that young children are simply not yet equipped with the knowledge or the boldness/confidence to speak up to their peers much less the teachers and administrators who will be feeding them liberal propaganda for eight hours a day, five days a week …
Which brings me to addressing everyone’s second reasoning for keeping their children in public school. “I’ll just make sure to correct at home all the things that I don’t agree with.” If you only get a couple of hours a night with them, you simply don’t have time to correct all the error they are fed during their eight hour school day. And to say that you will opt-out of sex-ed and such will not protect your children from the word problems in their math classes that will now promote same-sex marriage in addition to the socialist ideals they already endorse. I want to be clear that I am not suggesting that we isolate our children from these tough issues. I just believe that you as the parent ought to be the one to discuss these issues with your children first. You lose that opportunity if they are in public school.
Our second priority and step of action is to get involved in our public schools even though we choose to pull our children out. Home-school and private school families have this right given that we are tax payers. We can be very effective in doing this, too. Just look at the uproar that erupted over Common Core. The people and organizations who are leading the charge on this issue are actually homeschool families and homeschool legal and family organizations. We need to run for places on our local school boards. We need to voice our concerns about curricula changes that are debated at our local school board meetings. We need to volunteer in the classroom. Perhaps those with the education and know how can create curricula based off truth. Or we could create foundations that would train teachers and administrators to be more effective in the classroom.
Whatever we do, we, as parents, need to stay involved while we raise up well educated, insightful children who understand the profound values that made our nation great.