If you’re like me, you’ve already heard the news that President Trump is pushing for “Bible literacy classes” in public schools. If it was not shocking news, perhaps it was perplexing. How in the world are we going to expect school teachers, many of whom are leftists, to teach the Bible honestly and accurately?
It was a question I myself turned over in my a head a few times before thinking about our Lord as he encountered the man with the unclean spirit in the Gerasenes.
You might recall it.
Jesus and His disciples just reached the opposite side of the sea of Galilee, following the calming of the storm (Mk. 4:39). This man was possessed beyond what many of us could imagine today. But what did Jesus do?
Despite the man’s condition, Jesus gave His words to the possessed man. He said, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit (Mk. 5:8)!” The demon replied by urging Jesus, as if desperate, not to send the legion out of the country. It was then Jesus gave Legion permission to enter the herd of soon to be cliff-jumping swine (Mk. 5:12, 13).
I say all this to say, there are at least three good reasons to favor the idea of putting Bibles back in schools.
First, No Man Can Degrade the Word of God
Our Confession states:
The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the author thereof; therefore it is to be received because it is the Word of God.2LBCF 1.4
As with the Gerasene demoniac, there is nothing a liberal school teacher can do to thwart the power of God’s Word as it’s applied by the Spirit. The Bible is composed of heart-piercing words, dangerous to any anti-Christian establishment. Men have been converted simply by reading books like that of Paul’s letter to the Romans (think Augustine and Luther).
Second, the Church Cannot Control What the State Does
This may seem a little… off from my purpose in this article. But hear me out. A leftist school teacher is unqualified as a teacher according to Scripture. But the church cannot censure a disobedient heathen outside its walls. Beyond protests and votes for legislators, the church cannot change what the state does with their public school curricula. But, here’s the kicker…
… the gospel can.
The disciples, at the Gerasenes, were standing helpless. But the Word of God was not. Paul says that the gospel is the power of God revealed for salvation (Rom. 1:16). It is the instrumental means by which the Holy Spirit changes people. Where, therefore, the gospel is present, a heavenly Trojan Horse awaits command. Where the gospel is present, so to is the weapon against sin, death, and the devil.
What the leftist school teacher will not and cannot understand is that when they open the Bible and scoff, they begin taunting the lion. It would be like Hitler offering the Allies a room in his Wolfsschanze hideout—a true misstep in the game of strategy.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Heb. 4:12
If the secular state wants to adopt its own demise, let them. It would be the poorest decision they could make—a great benefit to the elect.
Third, Because Public Education Is an Unbiblical Program to Begin With
If the public education system is run by a den of vipers and is, as some have called it, an unbiblical operation, then what better solution could the church hope for? I mean, a sinful operation includes the very indictment of their program in their curriculum? Sure, we’ll take it.
If the public education system in this country is sinful, then there could be nothing better for them than to read why. Remember, we are dealing with an indicting document that depends not upon the testimony of any man, but upon the efficacious work of the Holy Spirit; not upon an earthly judge, but upon a heavenly One, who puts His enemies under His feet.
If the public education system is unbiblical, who better to tell them than God Himself?
As Christians, we encourage unbelievers to read and hear the Scriptures all of the time because we understand it as God’s primary means of drawing sinners unto Himself. It’s time we be consistent with that logic. A liberal teacher is only as powerful as their words. But their words carry no weight when set alongside the Word of God. If the demons couldn’t thwart the Word of God, then neither can a leftist school teacher.
Let them have the Bible. Let them read their own demise.