Larry Ray Hafley
Our country is beset and besieged with numerous problems--drug use, broken
homes, unwed mothers and fathers. The list is endless. Many politicians believe
the answer is improved education. Many problems will dissipate and disappear if
we educate our youth.
Is this true? If so, to what degree? Are educated people immune to drug
addiction, broken homes, and immoral behavior? Obviously not!
The answer is not math, science, history and English. The moral and spiritual
education of the soul and spirit is what is needed. If knowledge found in books
and in Internet libraries was the answer, the Lord would have said, "I will
build my university." He would have said, "Go ye into all the world and preach a
liberal arts education to all the nations."
God has made foolish the wisdom of this world (1 Cor. 1:18-21). Our nation's
experience agrees with this affirmation. We are, perhaps, the best educated, the
most highly trained and skilled culture that has ever existed. We have access to
more information than any era in history. Yet, we have raised a generation of
moral morons. Despite our educational emphasis, spiritual ignorance abounds.
Character, integrity and principled behavior are victims of a humanistic system
gone mad. Result? Police are in school hallways and eleven year olds are
shooting one another in the streets over a pair of sneakers.
If one would be truly wise, let him become a fool in the eyes of the world (1
Cor. 3:18-21). However, today, those who have "doctorates in degeneracy" are
dispatching diplomas of depravity. Homosexual AIDS victims, Hollywood whores,
and Prime Time TV drug addicts are celebrated like returning war heroes used to
be. This is not wisdom. It is not education. It is a blot, a blight; it is the
dunces of indecency that now run many of our sterile, morally neutral values
Yes, genuine education is the answer. It is in the school of Christ--"Take my
yoke upon you and learn of me" (Matt. 11:28-30). "Let the word of Christ dwell
in you richly in all wisdom" (Col. 3:16). In Christ are all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge (Col. 3:2). Seek after divine wisdom as you would for fine
gold (Prov. 2:4-14). It will educate you with the only knowledge that really