It seems to me that North American culture wants to remove any remnant of God’s standards. As part of our study last week of Ephesians 5:15-24 we wrestled with the text, “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” The question we thought through, from our study, was -How can the truth of the statement that ‘the days are evil’ (v.16) be seen in our society? In Education, In Business, In Law and Government, In the Arts & Entertainment, In Families, In the Sciences.
Do I have to provide illustrations?
I’m a collector of old books. In my collection, I have several from The Ontario Readers collection authorized by The Minister of Education (Price 6 cents) and published in Toronto, May, 1909. Let me give you some direct quotes – Quotes will be in bold font, my comments in italics.
(After the table of Contents) “The year’s at the spring, The day’s at the morn, God’s in His Heaven–All’s right with the world!” Would anyone dare to post a reference to God in a public school textbook today?
(Page 1) MORNING HYMN – Father, we thank Thee for the light, And for the blessings of the night; For rest and food, and loving care, And all that makes the world so fair. Help us to do the things we should, To be to others kind and good; In all we do, in work or play, To grow more loving every day. Singing hymns in school. Aren’t there some children in the classroom who are not believers?
(Page 122) EVENING HYMN – The hours of day are over, The evening calls us home; Once more to Thee, O Father, With thankful hearts we come. Imagine that? Building a world-view around a Judeo-Christian perspective! What harm will this do?
Lest you think I’m exaggerating, here is a picture of the Table of Contents.
I don’t have to go back to 1909 to find proof of change. I have from my own educational history, public school report cards with scripture verses printed on them. I recited the Lord’s Prayer at the start of every educational day as part of a normal school routine.
So what has our culture been doing in recent years, if not a similar activity to the ‘religious people’ in Jesus day. He charged them clearly – “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”
Man or rather people are the measure of everything for many people. We’ve ‘advanced’ so far with our technology, science and progressive social theory, that we don’t need God, or so we think?
I don’t usually post on social issues, but my increasing burden for our own land compels me to pray like never before. Will you join me? And let’s thank God for leaders who are courageously challenging us to repentance, and to engage wisely with those whose culture-shaping world-view clashes radically with our own. We’ll need an approach that includes more than rants against a system which is “letting go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”