If you are in college, and maybe more aptly, have a child in college or about to go to college, you owe it to yourself to read a blog posted earlier this week by Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the post, “And Then They Are All Mine” — The Real Agenda of Some College Professors, Mohler exposes the ideological agenda of some of our educators; namely, to separate young people from the moral convictions of their parents’ religion.
Here is a sample of the post:
The college experience, the argument goes, is the best (and perhaps last) opportunity for someone to break students’ commitments to the moral convictions of their parents’ religion.
Similarly, writing in a Seattle newspaper, a teacher of English and college adviser at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois reveals this ideological agenda in even more shocking terms. Bill Savage reacts to the fact that the so-called conservative “red” states are “outbreeding” the “blue” states, which are more liberal in their voting patterns. Identifying himself as a political liberal with no children of his own, Savage acknowledges that he and his fellow liberals have a lower fertility rate than conservatives. Nevertheless, he insists that educated urban liberals need not despair. He expresses confidence “that blue America’s Urban Archipelago can grow larger, more contiguous, and more politically powerful even without my offspring.” How?
“The children of red states will seek a higher educations,” he explains, “and that education will very often happen in blue states or blue islands in red states. For the foreseeable future, loyal dittoheads will continue to drop off their children at the dorms. After a teary-eyed hug, Mom and Dad will drive their SUV off toward the nearest gas station, leaving their beloved progeny behind.”
Then what? He proudly claims: “And then they are all mine.”
I shudder at the present and future of education is our nation. If ever you needed a warning to “long for pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Pet 2:2) now you have it. If ever you needed a reminder that, as a parent, you must “bring [your children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph 6:4) there it is.
I suspect this teacher at Northwestern is absolutely right about the trend of “blue” growing. Political affiliations aside, however, the more important threat is to the spiritual welfare of our sons and daughters. In the time of Jesus someone who is currently college-aged was already full-on into manhood. In the 21st century adolescence all too often extends into the mid-20s, thus, the time a father and mother have authority of their children is extended. The responsibility to keep training is longer and longer.
Be on the alert, as the Scriptures say. Your children aren’t theirs, they’re yours! Know what you and your children are up against with the educational system of this country, from kindergarten to the doctorate level. Be proactive and sacrificial in teaching your children the Scriptures, and in the way the Scriptures tell us to teach.
You can read Mohler’s full blog here: “And Then They Are All Mine” — The Real Agenda of Some College Professors.