Grow • Devotion 2

Religious Education
Dr. Randy Johnson

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.

This is how many of our laws and our governmental structure were derived.

Not only did they study the Bible, but they wanted that for the generation after them. I am not talking about Christian school like we have today. They felt the Bible should be taught in all schools.

Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 says, “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

Not only was this in the Northwest Ordinance, but the Michigan Constitution Article VIII Section 1 includes, “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

A daily knowledge of the Bible and how to live it is crucial to every life. This is clearly taught in Deuteronomy 6:4-7,“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” I appreciate the directive to “impress” God’s truth on the lives of our children. We are to do this morning, day, and night.

Finally, Ephesians 6:4 adds, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Daily life brings regular opportunities to teach about God and His Word. This teaching is in actions and verbally.

Please do not be swayed by the enemy. Our country was founded by people who studied, taught, respected, and lived the Word of God.

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