The Second Historical Device that tears down is called POSTSTRUCTURALISM.
1 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. … 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. … 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” – 1 Corinthians 10:1, 6, 11 NIV
As David Barton in his excellent book, “The Jefferson Lies” states on page XVIII,
“Poststructuralism discards absolutes and is “a-historical” (that is, non-or anti-historical), believing that nothing transcendent can be learned from history. Instead, meaning must be constructed by each individual from his or herself, and historical meanings may shift and change based on an individual’s personal views. Poststructuralism is especially evident in the judiciary, where judges often interpret and ascertain the meaning of the Constitution for themselves, redefining even the simplest words with new and previously unknown meanings that the judge has supposedly discovered for him-or herself.”
In short, Poststructuralism ignores traditional national unifying structures, values, heroes, and institutions and instead substitutes personally constructed ones.
In large part, the Bible is a historical record of God dealing with His Covenant Keeping people. Christianity is based on the historical, verifiable accounts of the past found in the Bible. The Apostle Paul understood this and in his letter to the Corinthians makes certain that the Church of Corinth responded to the historical events from the past history of Israel.
1 “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact,…”
6 “Now these things occurred as examples…”
11 “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us,…”
Just the other day Linda sent me a report of the concern that historians have in regard to how American History is being portrayed. We are seeing right before our eyes that biased anti-American propaganda and reconstruction history is being instituted through the indoctrination of our children. In the following case, the facts of our history are simply being left out! Here is an excerpt from the article:
“Dozens of historians have sent the influential College Board back to the drawing board, after determining that its U.S. history exam for university-bound high schoolers is too heavy on social politics and too light on key events in America’s past.
While the College Board can’t directly dictate what is taught in high school Advanced Placement classes, by writing the test that half a million college-bound students take each year it strongly influences the curriculum crafted by teachers. It also publishes a guide to what will be on the test, which was what raised alarms with 55 historians who signed onto a letter earlier this month criticizing the board.”
What do we do about this?
- Ask your grade school and high school to show you the American History Curriculum prior to the new year starting. Remember, you are the paying customer and the school is there to serve you, the parent. Read the material that students will be reading and vet the information (or lack of information). Upon reading it make sure that certain events in our American History are going to be taught accurately and fairly. You might offer to teach an hour on a particular subject about America.
- You must become educated yourself in order to communicate accurate information. Here are a couple of resources:
Original Intent, The Jefferson Lies, and The Founder’s Bible all by David Barton from wallbuilders. Go to www.wallbuilders.com to order.
- Buy 5-10 copies of The Founder’s Bible and give them to your lead pastor, the youth director and children’s pastors. Ask them to read five articles pertaining to our American History and how the Bible shaped the thoughts of our Founding Fathers. Ask them to develop and teach, and of course you could help teach, a 1-2 month series about subjects from the Bible.
- Perhaps after your pastor reads a few articles, meet with him again and ask if he found several subjects he could teach on from the pulpit.
- If you are part of a small group in your church, read selected articles from the Founder’s Bible and discuss several of them for a month or so. I have been doing this for half a year in my discipleship groups that consist of young Christians and not-so-young, and they have been hugely impacted. Give it a try! If your small group leader does not want to do this subject, do a short-term gathering with those in the group or others that might find the subject informative.