Where the Ten Commandments Really Belong

By: Steve Huston

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Louisiana made headlines last week for becoming the first state to require the Ten Commandments to be posted in every classroom at schools receiving state funding, from kindergarten through the university level. They must be in “large, easily readable font” and to be accompanied by a four-paragraph “context statement” describing how the Ten Commandments “were a prominent part of American public education for almost three centuries.”

Though not required by this law, it does authorize the display of other important, historical documents, which include: The Mayflower Compact (signed by the Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower in 1620 and often referred to as America’s “First Constitution”), the Declaration of Independence, and the Northwest Ordinance.

On the heels of Gov. Jeff Landry signing House Bill 71 into law, civil rights organizations promised that lawsuits would follow. To this, the governor stated, “I can’t wait to be sued.”

The removal of God from the public education system started long ago. It was the “death (of true education and, in many senses, America) by a thousand cuts.” Each one moved the student’s mind to hold the word of God and His principles as less dear, thereby violating the command to “keep (guard and treasure) the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.” (Duet. 8:6) And each cut opened an entrance for theologies and ideologies that would run contrary to that which America’s founding was based upon and that gave her the prosperity she enjoyed.

Eventually, prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments were taken from the halls of education and with them went their direct influence over and within those institutions. Not being watchful over the heart gates of Proverbs 4, we neither kept our heart with all diligence nor taught our children the difference between the holy and the profane. In so doing, our light is growing dim, our salt is losing its saltiness, and we are faltering on every hand. The path we have chosen leaves allies shaking their heads in astonishment and our enemies grin with glee. The removal of these sacred commands allowed for burgeoning, leftist political activism: teaching teachers and students Marxist and LGBT ideologies.

Getting the Ten Commandments posted on classroom walls is a great start, but there will be no societal change for the better until those same Ten Commandments are posted on the students’ heart wall. For that to happen, they must be taught that they are created by God for a purpose, accountable to Him, and that objective morality is truth rather than oppression.

Of course, this won’t happen as long as we have a majority of teachers and nearly all our current textbooks spewing Marxist ideology and promoting leftist political activism. Even teachers who truly care about their students and are “good” people are forced to teach from these textbooks which ignore and attack the God of the Bible while instilling a foundational humanistic religion that takes root in various forms. So, what can be done?

John Daniel Davidson, senior editor at The Federalist and author of Pagan America: the Decline of Christianity and the Dark Age to Come, has a novel idea in a recent Federalist article:

If you really want students to learn about the importance of the Ten Commandments — to say nothing of Christianity, Western philosophy, or the American founding — then you’d better be ready to take on the teachers unions and dismantle the teachers colleges and credentialing programs.

All of those things are of course well within the mandate of state legislatures. If the GOP-controlled Louisiana legislature has enough votes to mandate the Ten Commandments be displayed in every classroom in the state, surely they have enough votes to shut down the teachers colleges and repeal the laws requiring that every public school teacher be credentialed from such colleges.

He continues later, “…Conservatives who actually care about such things are in the minority in America. They don’t wield a lot of institutional power. But Republicans, who count at least some conservatives among their ranks, currently control state legislatures and governors’ mansions (trifecta control) in 23 states. If the GOP in those states really wanted to fight back against the left’s control over public schools, it could push for the abolition of teachers colleges, or of credentialing requirements, or change them so that public school teachers need not be indoctrinated in Marxist ideology to teach in a Republican-controlled state.

That’s a tall order and it’s not likely to happen without a lot of people pushing on their elected officials, reminding them that they were elected into office and can just as easily be elected out of office. Beyond and above all this, God must rule and overrule; we must be a righteous people praying effectual and fervent prayers. As Jesus told his disciples who could not cure the son who was a “lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water,” “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matt. 17:15, 21)

We didn’t get to this position overnight and there’s such a strong Marxist/atheist stranglehold on the public education system and its children, that it must be a fight whose opponents are filled with godly courage, holy determination, and whose faith is strongly grounded in the Lord. In the meantime, don’t abandon your children to those who (both knowingly and those who ignorantly have good intentions) will attempt to teach your child to not fear the Lord, to not know who they are by God’s grace, and to deny reality.


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