“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Creation and the Public Schools

(Please read Ephesians 6:1-4 and Proverbs 22:6)

December 19

Now and then we hear of some new development regarding the continuing controversy over what the schools should be allowed to teach about the world’s beginning. After various court verdicts, many people have assumed that the long battle which began with the Scopes trial in the 1920s is finally over. But it appears that each decision is only a skirmish and the battle itself will continue until God decides to settle it. And he moves in his own good time to bring about his will in the affairs of humanity, despite our anxiety and impatience.

We cannot depend on schools to teach our children everything they need to know about spiritual matters such as our belief in the creation. With few exceptions, we are not scientists, and that’s all right because we don’t have to provide scientific explanations for our faith. We should inculcate that faith in our children so they can hold on to it in spite of what they may be taught in science classes.

People who believe in the creation are, after all, more consistent than those who do not. We have to offer only one “explanation” of how the world came into existence, while they offer many and change them repeatedly. Our children should understand that there is no shame in being unable to explain every detail of creation to our opponents’ satisfaction, since they certainly cannot satisfy us with their explanations of how things came to be.

Our suggestion is that parents and the church be diligent in teaching about the creation. If so, some good will have come out of the recurring controversy.

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