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“The public school, like the Statė, should be absolutely secular and not at all religious in its purposes, and all practical questions involving this principle should be settled in accordance therewith.”
This is the American doctrine,“ without qualification or reservation, as the logical result of the argument.”
“ It excludes the Bible, and declines to inculcate the religion which it teaches." It is the American establishment, by State law, of No RELIGIOUS TRUTH. And can this ever have been God's foundation for mankind even for a single generation?
And now, can we ever afford to exclude the knowledge of the Gospel of the Grace of God in Christ from the whole range of the education of our children? Will our Government, through such wilful expulsion of Divine Truth, become at length anything better than that of Sodom and Gomorrah? What are to be the consequences, and whose the fault and the penalty, if the dreadful work of being left entirely to the government of our own will comes down upon our own offspring ? Who can ever save us from the governmental heritage which we shall have insured for our posterity as a great and dreadful recompense, in kind, for our own disobedience, ingratitude, and unbelief? A generation of our own children that have no belief in God as our Father!
Surely nothing more than this would be necessary for our destruction. For if God and his laws be forgotten, denied and despised, there is no possibility of mercy. It would be mercy to remove such a generation from the earth as speedily as possible.
God's Literature and Laws for our Education. God has given to man a literature both of prose and poetry sufficient for his education both for Time and Eternity. God is Light, and in him is no darkness at all. And God is Love, and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God and God in him. Here are the fountains of man's being and happiness, in mind and heart ; and both are incarnated in Christ for our example and salvation.
What are' THE FOUNDATIONS OF MANY GENERATIONS ?
God himself answers for us this question.
“ Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations, and shalt be called the Restorer of Paths to dwell in; if thou call the Sabbath a delight, the Holy of the Lord, honorable ; and if thou turn away thy foot from doing thy pleasure on my Holy Day: then will I cause thee to ride upon the high places of the Earth ; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it !"
It is no more necessary for religion to keep aloof from politics than for a man to be a monk in order to be a Christian. It was, and is always, our duty to God and man to carry religion into politics as plainly as into daily life. And above all, if the question was, To obey God or man in our national capacity, there could not be a doubt as to God's supremacy or our duty. And it was for the Church of Christ in such a case to have maintained her Christian authority and power, openly, absolutely, and to have applied the Divine Law.
A more wonderful interposition of God has never been known in the world than his compul. sory supernatural destruction of our system of slavery; not since God brought forth the Hebrews from Egypt. No part of this work of freedom was ours, but wholly and entirely God's, and cuntrary to our own will. Instead of being united under God's Law and Government, we were consecrated to a unity of oppression never to be broken.
The Church of God, so called, was in its favor ; the State, business, society, prestige, wealth, Constitution, law, custom, conscience, expediency—all the forces that, without Christ, carry the modern world were its support. Abolition was a leprosy. To say a man was an abolitionist was enough to ostracize him. Every radical began a speech by saying, “I am no abolitionist; I reject all idea of interfering with the domestic divine Institutions of the South. Let slavery alone where it is.”
When Washington declared, that “ of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports,” he added “that Reason and Èxperience both forbid us to expect that National Morality can prevail in exclusion of Religious Principle.” The religion and religious principle here referred to are the Christian Religion, and none other; the religion taught only in the Christian Scriptures; the religion commanded by our Saviour to be taught to all the children in the land, for their education, not for time and this world merely, but for Eternity and Heaven. In the schools of the whole nation, it is the right and obligation of the people to have their children taught the Word of God and the Gospel of our Saviour. Any people who will permit their government to trample upon this universal Christian right of religious freedom, by excluding the Bible and its teachings from the Public Schools, will have ensured the destruction of the nation. The government that will attempt to establish its reign by enactments for producing a famine of the Word of God, will speedily have only dead skeletons to govern.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing of the Word of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it. They shall fall, and never rise up again. Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them; there shall not be one left. Ye have forgotten the law of your God; I also will forget your children.” If such terrible denunciations as these, contained in the prophets, Hosea, Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah, predicted in the laws of God by Moses, have been fulfilled in the history of the Jewish nation, how much more surely will they be demonstrated in the case of a nation like our own! “ How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not ! Behold, your house is left unto you, desolate !"