The One Book Your Child Needs to Read Before They Leave the Nest

The One Book Your Child Needs to Read Before They Leave the Nest

Romans 15:13– May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the United States, there is a growing need for students, both in K-12 and at the college level, to engage with the Bible. This proposition may raise eyebrows, given the current intellectual climate that often excludes the Bible from educational curricula. Yet, the consequences of this exclusion have resulted in alarming levels of biblical illiteracy, distorting not only our students’ self-perception but also their understanding of our national history, Judeo-Christian heritage, and the foundations of self-government.

Why is it crucial for our students to have access to the Bible? First and foremost, it stands as the best-selling book of all time, and regrettably, we are witnessing a generation growing up with little knowledge of its contents. Beyond its sales figures, the Bible is the primary document in Western history, shaping the very fabric of our world.

The Bible’s influence on Western culture is profound. It has left its mark on our art, literature, philosophy, education, and justice system. It has even shaped our notions of government and family, while profoundly impacting humanitarianism and philanthropy.

Consider the Bible as a cultural key that unlocks the rich vocabulary, symbols, images, and metaphors found throughout Western culture. Biblical references are abundant in literature, from Shakespeare to Steinbeck, and resonate in the speeches of leaders like Lincoln and Martin Luther King. Surveys conducted among U.S. high school English teachers confirm that a knowledge of the Bible provides students with a distinct educational advantage.

Moreover, understanding the Bible is pivotal to comprehending American history. Early America was deeply influenced by Christianity, and the Bible provided the moral and ethical framework for society. Our nation’s founders not only read the Bible but also frequently quoted from it. It played a fundamental role in both the Declaration of Independence (“all men are created equal”) and our Constitution, which can be seen as a national covenant. Figures like John Adams and Benjamin Rush endorsed Bible education in schools, emphasizing its role in awakening moral sensibility and preparing young minds for self-governance.

Not too long ago, the Bible was an integral part of public education. Students participated in activities that included reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer, and Bible readings, often with the Ten Commandments posted in classrooms. This practice was less diluted than what is seen today, exemplified by school books like The New England Primer and the McGuffey Readers.

The Bible fundamentally shaped our understanding of law, freedom, and a myriad of narratives, from the creation story to the tales of Moses and Jesus. It introduced us to a theistic perspective, affirming the existence of a sovereign God and a purposeful life—a stark contrast to contemporary nihilism. It instilled the idea that human nature is a mixture of good and bad, as opposed to the notion that it is entirely malleable. The Bible also highlighted the concept of two types of freedom, one of which is disastrous, where everyone does what they deem right in their own eyes. It stressed the importance of loving and respecting our neighbors and demonstrated the compatibility of faith and reason. Moreover, it taught us about covenants, provided insight into the concept of a nation, and offered lessons about the qualities of both good and bad national leaders.

One might ask, “But isn’t it unconstitutional to teach and read the Bible in schools?” Such concerns only began to surface in mid-20th century America, with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Everson vs. Board of Education, which established a new interpretation of the separation of church and state. Prior to this shift, even President Roosevelt spoke of our nation’s ideals being rooted in Christianity and democracy. Subsequently, rulings in cases like Engle vs. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District vs. Schempp (1963) prohibited school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading.

However, these rulings do not ban the Bible from our schools outright. It is entirely permissible to incorporate Bible readings when they are approached academically, as literature, history, or as part of the study of religions. The Bible can be examined as a historical resource, as long as public schools refrain from using it devotionally or to promote specific religious beliefs. Nevertheless, it remains a viable text for teaching students about its content and its profound influence on our civilization.

While public schools are subject to certain restrictions, parochial and religious schools, as well as faith-based universities, enjoy more latitude when it comes to teaching the Bible. Institutions like Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish university, are committed to teaching the Torah, while Colorado Christian University, an evangelical Christian institution, requires Bible classes as part of its general education curriculum.

In advocating for the inclusion of the Bible in American education, the goal for public institutions is clear. We should mandate the teaching of the Bible as a foundational document of Western civilization, recognizing its significant impact on our national history. This instruction should be approached from an academic perspective, exploring its literary aspects, narratives, and its status as a formative religion in our nation’s history. Importantly, this doesn’t necessitate that every individual must believe in the Bible, but it acknowledges that every educated person deserves to be familiar with it.

The reality is that we are witnessing the consequences of a society without the Bible. It’s not merely a matter of biblical illiteracy; it’s the sense of purposelessness among many young people, the alarming suicide rates, the mental health crisis, the erosion of character formation, the confusion surrounding gender identity, and the emergence of a new form of anti-intellectualism that questions the very concepts of truth, wisdom, and reason. Simultaneously, there has been an ideological shift in our schools, transitioning from a focus on liberal democracy to a more divisive and fragmented landscape influenced by woke neo-Marxism. In light of these challenges, our recent reluctance to embrace the Bible in education may indeed have had disastrous consequences.

In conclusion, the Bible is a vital part of our cultural and historical heritage, and it is essential for the education of American students. By teaching it academically and as part of our national history, we can equip our youth with a deeper understanding of our society, our values, and our heritage, ultimately fostering a more informed and enlightened citizenry.

Famous Lines from Bibles Verses About Fear

Romans 8:31 – What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, or the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Famous Lines from Bible Verses About Possibilities

Mark 10:27 – Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’

Matthew 19:26 – But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’

Luke 18:27 – But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

Genesis 11:6 – The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

Famous Lines from Bible Verses About Faith & Strength

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love

Proverbs 31:28 – Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her

Famous Lines from Bible Verses That Celebrate God’s Love

Psalm 107:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; his love endures forever.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Nehemiah 8:10 – Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared; for today is holy to our Lord. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord is your strength!

Psalm 96: 1-3 – Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Ingrid Mueller

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