June 21st was World Humanist Day.
Hmm, "So what?"
Nearly 30 years ago there was an article in a magazine called The Humanist. Here is a segment from this publication.
I am convinced that the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level - preschool day care or large university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new - the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism. - J. Dunphy, "A Religion for a New Age," The Humanist (Jan-Feb. 1983): p.23,26.
|In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Gen 1:1|
This humanistic RELIGION has been sprinkled throughout every subject taught from preschool on up and have now infected just about every area of American life. These are thoughts that are raised up against the knowledge of God and are planted over and over in the minds of our youth and culture. One definition of humanism reads, "A system of thought that rejects religious beliefs and centers on humans and their values, capacities, and worth." I believe the rejected religion here is that of a biblical world view because most all other religious beliefs are tolerated and accepted.
There is a war, a battle going on for the souls of our children, teenagers and college students. The Message version of Ephesians 6:12 says, "This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the devil and all his angels."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a warrior against evil in his generation. A man who didn't sit by and do nothing. He had his life taken for fighting the evil that reigned. He is quoted to say, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
May the watchers become warriors, let the men of God arise...."Courageous" by Casting Crowns