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Teaching the Truth

February 01, 2016
By Sharon Pruett, Elementary Principal
I recently had the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. for an education conference and we stayed a couple of extra days so I could visit some of the places that I had been teaching about for years. There were two things that really impacted me about this visit.

 

First, as we were walking down the streets and as we visited various federal buildings it was interesting that everywhere I looked there were Bible verses, Biblical principles, and references to God etched in the granite, stone or marble.

  • “In God we trust” is displayed in both the House and Senate chambers.
  • “America! God shed His grace on thee” is inscribed in a corridor of the Capitol building.
  • The Ten Commandments is in bronze on the floor of the National Archives where the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence are kept.
  • There is a bronze statue of Moses in the main reading room of the Library of Congress.
  • The Washington Monument has verses and phrases carved on memorial blocks in the walls; things like “Holiness to the Lord” and “Search the Scriptures.”
  • There is a Latin inscription engraved on the Washington Monument capstone that translates to “Praise be to God.”
  • The Jefferson Memorial has Jefferson’s own words carved that begins with “God who gave us life gave us liberty.”
  • On the left side of the Lincoln Memorial is his Second Inaugural address that reads more like a sermon than a speech.

It is blatantly obvious that our nation was established on Godly principles and unless they intend to take a jackhammer or sand blaster to these buildings or completely tear them down, that fact cannot be denied.

 

Secondly, we visited the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History and in every exhibit, on nearly every display, it talked about the age of things as billions or millions of years old. They explained how some big explosion created the earth, how an asteroid destroyed the dinosaurs and there is even an “Evolution Theater” where you can see and hear how we all came from some ooze. What hit me was the fact that these things were not being spoken of as theory but as absolute fact. This is a National institution run by one of the most respected organizations in our country, the Smithsonian.  (See their website:  "Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Smithsonian" which addresses the conflict between science and religion as they see it.)   I looked around at the variety of school groups on field trips and my thought was “Who’s going to tell them the truth?” Thousands of school age children are being exposed to this every year and believing it to be fact. I wanted to run to each one and say “That’s not true. Here’s what the Bible says.” (See resource for a Biblical explanation of the origin of man..."The Human Race" -Note:  this website is not associated with New Covenant Academy and is being used solely as a resource.) 

 

I came back with a greater appreciation for the work we are doing here at New Covenant but also a more intense conviction to make sure our students know and understand the truth according to God’s word. Our duty to prepare our children for the lies they will see and hear is critical if they are going to take a solid faith into their adult lives. I have always known the importance of Christian education but now have a deeper urgency to reach more and more students with the truth and  point them to the Bible when they are faced with “facts” that are really only theories.