Public education, governments, and love of self

Let us look at some historic governmental documents and consider a path down which our society has gone.

“A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.” – Article 7, Section 1, State of Texas Constitution

What is the purpose of public education? According to our state constitution, it’s about preserving the liberties and rights of the people. This is in line with our nation’s Declaration of Independence which states that the very purpose of government itself is to secure our God-given rights:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…” – Declaration of Independence

In contrast to these great governmental documents, it seems to me that the pursuit of education in modern society has grown to be about gaining knowledge or a diploma so that I can get a better job, make more money, and buy myself more “stuff”. What do we hear often? “Little Johnny, you need to get a college degree so you can get a good job and afford the things you want.” The focus has been taken off of educating oneself or one’s children in order to help preserve the liberties and rights of others. This world encourages me to have my potential future children get a bachelor’s or master’s degree so that they can ensure a prosperous future for themselves and their families. Can anyone see that the focus here is on self? “What can I get?” “How can I buy more?” “How can I have a nicer home and better car?” And instead of trusting God to provide what we need (as he told us plainly to do in his word), we are focusing on self-reliance. The focus isn’t on giving but on getting. Getting for self. Self. Self. Self.

Could it be that the corruption in our public school system is the same reason for corruption in politics and other areas of society? Could it be this love of self which has polluted so many things?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves…” – II Timothy 3:1-2

This scripture goes on to list a host of other symptoms of a sick society, but it starts with love of self.

May we get our priorities in the proper order: Jesus, Others, Yourself, which brings true JOY. Right now, our society as a whole has YOJ, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. May we each as individuals seek our Lord wholeheartedly and seek to serve others, dying to self daily as scripture instructs us. To God be the glory!

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