I’m stunned by the “fundamental changes” that have transpired in America in only a few short weeks since we began looking at government and the Kingdom of God. It’s for you to decide what to make of it all, but I encourage you to review the relationship between civil government and self government before asking yourself, “Have we stepped forward into fresh freedoms and responsibility, or deeper into the path of slavery and increased government control?”
Since Truth is the defender of freedom, and education is the guardian of Truth, this is probably a good time to ask what the sphere of education might look like in a Kingdom context. Jesus told us in John 8:31-32 that if we would continue in His word, we would “know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It’s no accident that God’s plan to deliver the Israelites out of slavery to the Egyptians involved both the exodus into the wilderness and the giving of His law on Mt Sinai. And then He charged them, “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so that you will faithfully do everything written. Only then will you prosper and succeed.” (Joshua 1:8)
Truth is the foundation for prosperity and success. All success. Whether it’s music, mining, mentoring, or mathematics, the degree to which we honor truth will determine the success or failure of the operation. It’s like the two trees below. Imagine the tree on the left is watered with kerosene and fertilized with salt. That’s not a “true” environment for a tree, and the result is certain death. But the second tree grows in an environment of truth, watered by the rain, and fertilized with compost and nitrogen. Truth invariably produces life, and anything short of truth results in death and decay.
God has not left us wondering about truth, but has revealed it plainly in His word, His world, and His Son. And though Truth is intended to be the focus of education, it has sadly been relegated to secondary status behind information, opinion, and power. We’ll pursue some of the problems and possibilities next post.
On a personal note, I went to see Alice in Wonderland last night and caught myself spontaneously cheering at some of the Kingdom moments. (I just can’t help it. Kingdom Truth makes me happy.) “Sometimes, (Alice said), I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” All Truth is God’s truth, even in Wonderland.