December 13, 2012
“Spirit! Are they yours?” Scrooge could say no more.
“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit… “And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware of them both… but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom…” -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
I know a bright, friendly boy, eleven years old, who never heard of David and Goliath. He has never been to church or Sunday school. But he does know that “Communism has a lot of good ideas,” because his unionized teachers in public school have taught him so. He also knows a lot about zombies and snipers, learned from video games; and he knows whatever else he’s picked up from movies and TV.
No one has ever read to him from the Bible. He doesn’t pray. His father took off when the boy was born. His mother lives in a fog of self-absorption. She hasn’t taught him anything.
Most of the children born in this nice, middle-class suburban neighborhood, these days, are born out of wedlock and grow up without fathers. There’s one, a year and a half old, who can’t even toddle yet. That’s because he spends his entire day in a car seat while his mother works full-time and his (ha,ha) father plays video games and watches sports. The two adults in this scenario are not married. We can hardly recognize this alleged man as any kind of father. Besides, he’s already deserted one child in another state. How many more states will he visit, before he’s done?
How many millions of children in America grow up with no god but the government, no hope but a handout, no suspicion that anything exists but the social chaos and the moral void which everywhere surrounds them?
Ours was founded as a Christian country—but is it, anymore? I mean, to be a Christian country, don’t you kind of have to have a lot of Christians in it? And where do those Christians come from? What happens to a Christian country if the children are never taught to be Christians? And what’s the point of teaching them a little bit of Christianity when they’re young, only to pack them off to schools and colleges that tirelessly teach them not to be Christians?
But our children’s ignorance extends beyond an ignorance of Christianity. In addition to not knowing the God who made them or the Christ who redeemed them, not knowing why they’re here, not having even the vaguest notion of why right is right and wrong is wrong, they also don’t know how their country came to be, how it’s supposed to work, or what the Constitution says. They have no idea how wealth is generated. They truly don’t grasp the fact that the government has no money of its own, but only what it can suck from the wallets of the people, and that their freebies cost their neighbors—but having been made ignorant of morality, they really don’t care how their Obama phones are paid for, as long as they get them. But—to paraphrase Dickens—these are but drops of water in the comprehensive ocean of their ignorance.
These untold millions of ignorant children will grow up to be ignorant adults, who will cast votes based on ignorance. The Voter Fraud Party will see to that.
A republic of ignoramuses will not stand. A nation of moral imbeciles will perish.
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The United States is the biggest and most crucial missionary field on earth. The country was founded to be a shining city on a hill—but have you had a good look at our cities lately?
Ignorance breeds ignorance, and we’re raising up a bumper crop. Can we find a way to teach these fatherless, neglected children to know God? Can we break the chain of ignorance? Where are the missionaries who will teach America?
Oh, but who needs all that religious stuff? Our kids don’t need to know that. Why, look at all the things they do know!
That’s what I’m looking at, sport. That’s exactly what I’m looking at.
© 2012 Lee Duigon - All Rights Reserved
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com