And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. ~ Acts 20:22-24
God knows every last one of us, believers and unbelievers alike, better than we know our own selves. The God who knew Judas before he was born, when He told Peter and Andrew He would make them fishers of men, knew from that day to this who would be caught and who would not. The same God who loves every last one of us enough to sacrifice His only Son for us, cannot make it any easier for us to make it through the narrow gate than He made it for His own Son. He does guide us through three stages: relationship, fellowship, and discipleship.
We are all born into this world in the first stage of relationship. We are in a mostly non- discriminating relationship with almost anything and everyone in the world around us. Our relationships develop as we do, mostly as the result of our environment and cultural influences…which tragically include something called a public education system. The Communists in our country knew in the 40’s and 50’s that all they had to do was seize control of educating two generations, in the very place where the strongest passions and belief systems are formed and the incubation of fellowship begins. Fortunately for them, a man by the name of John Dewey came along decades earlier to pave the way for them by replacing classical education with a public system tailored to the 2rd industrial revolution geared to produce a nation of compliant worker bees. VOILA! To see the world as man sees it. To understand the world as man made it to be. And to know the history man revised it to be.
In the world of “Classical Education” there is the Trivium to nurture our development through grammar (K-6), logic (7-8), and rhetoric (9-12), to see the world as God sees it. To understand the world as God made it. And to know the history of God working through man over time.
I should pause at this moment to offer two examples of how God has designed this all to be. 1) The natural order in the no pain-no gain image of salmon fighting currents to swim upstream to their spawning grounds. 2) The chosen element…very similar to what most of us may recall from the 1977 movie Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind.
Here’s where it gets very interesting…and I need to set the stage by bringing up the elephant in the room as a very significant player in the very thing they do not want us talking about, 1,291 Side Effects of the Pfizer “Vaccine”, and the 4th Industrial Revolution…what Klaus Schwab & Co refer to as The Great Reset.
God chose for me not to be molded into fellowship through the public education system I managed to endure through my Ramapo Regional High School graduation in 1972. In fact, He lifted me out of relationship with the world and into relationship with Him on a Wyoming mountaintop in September of 2015 via Pastor Kirby and His Word James 4:8, and He has been grooming me for Acts 20:22-24 discipleship ever since. Consistent, contrite, courageous, convictional, committed, and captivated. These are the traits of discipleship as per my John Maxwell leadership devotional read “You Gotta Have Heart” yesterday. Juxtapose these qualities with the three people in the cartoon above, the compliant herd we all went to school with, and a local mayoral candidate…
I asked a very likeable man who has decided to throw his hat in the ring for the local village mayor, “How many genders am I holding up?” To which he responded, “As many as makes you happy.”
As founder of the Augustine Classical Academy, Matt Hopkins, puts it so well. All education is about discipleship. The question is who and/or what are we discipling for? The mayoral candidate may have the most noble intentions, but his willingness to sacrifice truth to obtain office is a wide gate compliant worker bee choice. On the other hand, this teacher who goes the opposite way to sacrifice his career for truth is exactly Acts 20:22-24 material! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbpWr_ORLBw&t=93s