What is worse that being ignorant? Ronald Reagan | The White House put it this way.
Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.A Time for Choosing Speech, October 27, 1964 | Ronald Reagan (reaganlibrary.gov)
Because we are all human, we are all somewhat ignorant. In addition, to some extent we are all miseducated. Most human beings are not very wise. Like sheep, most human beings are not courageous either. Am I an exception? No. I just believe what the Bible says about us. Sheep. Sheep depend upon their shepherd.
What does a shepherd do? A shepherd cares for his sheep (Psalm 23 NASB – The LORD, the Psalmist’s Shepherd. – Bible Gateway). Because we are born so ignorant and helpless, human beings require a comprehensive education. We can die of ignorance and miseducation. Unfortunately, our education system is a mess. It often leaves out any attempt to appropriately answer fundamental questions.
- Who made us?
- What is the difference between right and wrong?
- What is the purpose for our existence?
- What happens to us when we die?
Do we know the answer to those questions? Some say we do. Some say we don’t. Since the people who run the public schools and most of the mass media either provide secular “answers” or don’t address these questions, most Americans know little about what the Bible says. Hence, we are in what seems to be a desperate mess right now. Desperate mess? Yes. Unless we know the Bible, we don’t know how the people who founded the United States expected our country to work.
Undoubtedly, some will not agree. Many will point to different problems. Still, those who see different problems will agree about miseducation. Only they will say Conservatives know so much that isn’t so.
Is there a quick solution for miseducation? No. Just as it took decades to reach this point, it will most likely take decades to fix it. Consider the ramifications. Whereas George Washington | The White House was once regarded by almost everyone as an admirable hero, generations have been increasingly miseducated to regard Washington as an evil white supremacist, a slave owner. Now, over 200 years after his death, silly people want to tear down his statues. Instead of measuring the man against his contemporaries, silly people want to measure George Washington against themselves. They cannot see the arrogance of thinking themselves better than George Washington just because they have never owned slaves.
Does such seeming arrogance result from miseducation? Yes. When we don’t know enough history to empathize with George Washington, to understand we would have found it difficult to do any better than he did, that’s a big problem.
Why the miseducation? Is it all some great, evil plot? It may be something Satan had in mind, but human beings? Is Satan real? Is that another one of those fundamental questions our secularized education system has neglected?
Why are so many Americans are ignorant of how their government is supposed to work? Why do so many think their government is supposed to work in ways the framers of the Constitution never wanted it to work? We can speculate, but that’s why Reagan included that funny line in his speech, A Time for Choosing Speech, October 27, 1964 | Ronald Reagan (reaganlibrary.gov. Unfortunately, that line was good for a laugh, but the fact it is true is not funny. It is far more difficult to disabuse people of untruths than it is to educate them from scratch.
Consider the view of a people we have no doubt were miseducated.
When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it.The Mis-Education of the Negro Quotes by Carter G. Woodson (goodreads.com)
Before the Civil War and during the Jim Crow era, those leading the South spent enormous resources to convince blacks of so much that isn’t so. With the end of slavery and Jim Crow, those who would miseducate — propagandize and brutalize — others did not suddenly fade away. So, one more quote.
Someone will say: Yes, Socrates, but cannot you hold your tongue, and then you may go into a foreign city, and no one will interfere with you? Now I have great difficulty in making you understand my answer to this. For if I tell you that this would be a disobedience to a divine command, and therefore that I cannot hold my tongue, you will not believe that I am serious; and if I say that the greatest good of a man is daily to converse about virtue, and all that concerning which you hear me examining myself and others, and that the life which is unexamined is not worth living — that you are still less likely to believe.Socrates – Wikiquote
The unexamined life is not worth living? What does that mean to us sheep? It means we must be careful who we follow and believe.
We each need to examine the assumptions that provide the foundation for what we believe. We each need to ask ourselves who is our shepherd. Are we following the Good Shepherd or a hired hand, perhaps a servant of Satan?
Consider this list. Are you guilty of these bad assumptions?
- Most Americans think they know what is in the Bible, but they have never read, much less studied, the Bible. Are you one of those people?
- We have a moral code that is still largely shared by most Americans that differs significantly from the moral code that people in other parts of the world practice and what people 2000 years ago would have upheld. Are you one the people who think there is an American moral code? Is it possible that America’s moral code is actually a Christian moral code? Consider “Why You’re Christian” | See, there’s this thing called biology… (wordpress.com).
- Are you one of those people who think The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription | National Archives is our nation’s founding document? We celebrate the 4th of July. Why? Is it possible that the Declaration of Independence: A Transcription | National Archives is our nation’s founding document? What is the important difference between the two documents? What is the difference between the rules and the principles use to construct those rules?
- Are you one of those people who has never considered the morality of taxation? Consider how we punish people who refuse to pay their taxes. What makes it moral to use the government to tax our neighbors to support the government even when some of them vehemently protest? Also consider when using the force of government to punish people becomes wrong. From what source do you derive your arguments? Your self? Or God? Is the difference important?
- Are you one of those people who thinks the Bible has nothing to say about government? Why did Jesus refer to much of the Old Testament as the Law?
Do I have all the answers? No. None of us do. Perhaps that is one reason the founders of this country sought to limit the power of government as much as possible. Do sheep really have the wisdom to rule other sheep?