When we leave the education of our children to the welfare state, we should not complain or be shocked when they claim ownership!
Obamacare, and it's requisite insidiousness, has been much discussed of late, especially, but not solely, among our Christian population. Just the latest outrage that has been foisted upon the American people by a government that 'only wants to help', and is 'doing it for our own good', this plan, which, in part includes forcing everyone to get health insurance, is socialistic to the core, but should not surprise us in the least, being the logical progression of state-ownership, a farce to which many well-intentioned, maybe, but ignorant Christians have subscribed.
For the past hundred years or so ( at least ), ignorant stewards, both Christian and otherwise, have slowly given their right of stewardship over to the welfare state who says, 'we'll give your children a good education and prepare them for a life of servitude; you just go and serve your gods of selfish comfort and prestige!' Actually; no statist official that I know of would admit to that, but when you really think about it, that's exactly what they're saying! Don't think too hard about it, though, because you'll get a headache!
Recently, a story was related to me, and this is not uncommon ( or shocking ) about a couple who birthed a child, and while hoping to deliver the child at home, to avoid certain complications, were forced, because of other complications, to deliver the child at a statist hospital. The staff at this hospital dutifully assigned the child a Social Security Number, against the express wishes of the parents, because they realized that, according to their own indoctrination, this child belonged to Molech, or the god-state, and would forever be indebted to it for its very existence!
While we may disagree with this doctrine, many Christians have accepted this doctrine, if not in theory, then in practice. Although and especially as followers of Jesus Christ we should abhor and repudiate it, we have marched our children, our stewardship from God, often kicking and screaming, off to the state-run and almost totally anti-Christian public schools, for 8+ hours a day, where they receive indoctrination antithetical to the spiritual training that they are receiving at whatever church they attend with their parents once, maybe twice every week!
Besides the fact that Scripture passages like Deuteronomy 6:7 tell parents to 'teach them diligently to your children' ( speaking of the Law of God ), it only makes sense, especially since the statist government-run schools are, to somewhat differing levels maybe, totally anti-Christian, that even if parents DO diligently train their children in the admonition of the Lord, when they send them off to these houses of indoctrination, they are almost completely, if not totally, undoing the training their children are receiving at home. To be fair; we must readily admit that this is not always the case, but more often then not, children who are educated by the state, and this, also more often than not, includes their spiritual education, turn out to be statist to the core, having swallowed 'hook, line and sinker' the doctrine of Molech, or the king ( state ) as God!
As we saw above; if we cede our rights, nay, our duty, as the stewards and educators of those whom God has entrusted to our tender loving care, then we really can't complain when the statist federal government, 'the nanny state', comes along and says 'you must immunize your children', or, 'you must have healthcare'. These children, like many of our rights and freedoms, which have been entrusted to us by God for our stewardship and care, are slipping from our grasp, and will continue to do so, until we, as a nation, repent of our sinful idolatry, and, focusing more on the gifts that God has given us, rather than that which we want and really don't need, begin to firmly hold onto the gifts that He has given, educating our children ourselves, bringing them up wholly in the fear of the Lord, rather than freely giving these rights, these duties, over to a God-less, statist, and nationalistic government, one that is determined to retain their status as gods!
May we, as the people of God, in the Strength of our Creator, take our stand, and diligently teach His statutes to the children with whom God has entrusted us, and bring them up in the training and admonition of our Lord!
Charles Haddon Shank