To the editor:
I used to be an alcoholic. Once arrested for drunk driving, arrested many times for public drunkenness, I once busted a hat badge off a police officer and was hospitalized once having my stomach pumped to prevent alcohol poisoning. Although it’s been almost 40 years since I’ve touched a drop I’m still reaping some of the consequences of my foolishness. Oh, I used to hug my toilet too. It wasn’t a pretty sight or a pleasant experience.
I often heard the words, “He was under the influence.” The final stages of alcoholism are insanity and then death. Consequences follow our actions. Psalm 18:4-5 would describe my early life experience.
“The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.”
There has been a huge shift in America’s education over the years. Our children were once “under the influence” of a godly education system, but that’s no longer true today.
Did you know the educational accomplishment of America education dropped, on average, one year per decade throughout the 20th century? That means that if you have a college diploma, you have about the same education a sixth-grader had in the first decade of the last century.
George Washington said, “We cannot expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Hitler believed that too much education was dangerous. One should ask, what kind of “education” and “influence” was Hitler’s youth under? How much moral and ethical education are America’s children receiving today in our public schools, in our homes, and for that matter, in our churches?
There has always been opposition to our Founding Fathers and the God-centered, moral-centered education system that they embraced. The erosion of our morals and integrity started when we replaced creation with evolution and the removal of God’s word, the Ten Commandments, and prayer from our public schools.
America was once No. 1 in the world when it came to the educating of our children. Today it ranks 17th in overall educational performance.
When we look at mankind, what do we really see? We see factions, war, divisions, pride, slavery, racism, crime, exploitation, child abuse, indulgence and extravagant spending without the means to pay off our indebtedness.
You say, Such a gloomy picture you paint, Ted. Yes, but an honest evaluation of fallen humanity, the consequences for turning our backs on God.
But God offers grace to all who repent and receive and believe in Jesus Christ. And to those who accept his offer and receive his gift, he promises eternal life. What a sunny picture! What a wonderful future hope! Oh, that all of us would become acquainted with the Scriptures that are able to make us wise unto salvation.
Toilets were made to sit on! Our children’s education should bring glory to our heavenly Father. Let us once again return to the education system our forefathers embraced. (Proverbs 22:6).
Ted Roberts, Princeton