Gather • Devotion #1: Schooling
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
The United States of America needs Jesus. It was founded on Christian principles. God has blessed America. We need to make sure people do not rewrite the past ignoring our God. We also need to get our focus back on God. Pray for a revival.
The Bible was important to our founding fathers. In a ten-year study undertaken at the University of Houston, researchers examined 15,000 documents from America’s founders and determined that:
- 34% of their quotations came directly from the Bible,
- 94% of their quotes were based on the Bible,
- 60% used the Bible to arrive at their conclusion.
The founding fathers studied, knew, and applied the Word of God. They knew it was important and that the Bible changed lives. Scripture became a part of primary and basic steps in the formation of our country. The Northwest Ordinance makes sure that children gain an appreciation for God and His Word. Section 14 Article 3 starts, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” New areas needed to have schools. Those schools needed to incorporate religion, morality, and knowledge. Schooling is not just to be of the mind. It needs to involve the heart and soul of our children.
Religious education was encouraged. This is not about whether our kids should go to Christian, private, parochial, or public school. It is not whether or not they should be homeschooled. It is that our children need to be taught the Bible and character development. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” We are responsible for teaching our children about God and His Word. It needs to be a natural and intentional part of our lives.
Ephesians 6:4 adds, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Our homes, our schooling, and our country need Jesus. Our leadership, our children, and each of us need Jesus. Be intentional. Pray specifically.
George Washington said, “What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.” Benjamin Franklin insisted that schools should teach “the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.”