A Biden-Harris Administration – What it Would Mean for Christian Education in America? – J. Van Der Brink

A Biden-Harris Administration – What it Would Mean for Christian Education in America? – J. Van Der Brink

November 3 is past, the voting is over, and the outcome is still being debated. But unless something very unusual happens, we will have a new administration that takes office in Washington come January 20. With it will come a very different set of policies that will fundamentally change America, and it is to be feared away from Biblical values. These policies will reach into every area of life and will most certainly have a negative impact on the freedom on religion and on the cause of Christian education in America. Below is a list of concerns that will directly affect our church and school community.
a. The Biden-Harris platform is supportive of views on abortion which are the most extreme in the history of America. Senator Harris is the most liberal of all 100 senators on this issue and supports abortion rights up to the day of birth. Abortion advocates see November 3 as a victory for America.
b. Throughout the campaign Biden and Harris have openly supported and promoted groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa. The constitution of BLM is decidedly un-Christian and Antifa has been behind many of the violent riots that have taken place across America.
c. Both Biden and Harris have been outspoken supporters of the LGBQT movement in America. The so-called equal rights of this group reaches into the way people run their businesses, what they are allowed to say in public, what we are allowed to teach in school, and even what is preached in church. Once this ideology gets entrenched in the public arena, it will influence practically every private institution as well.
d. The new administration promises to promote a comprehensive sex education program for our nation’s schools that normalizes the gay and lesbian lifestyle. Religious opposition or dissent to this program will not be tolerated.
e. Education Secretary Betsy de Vos will be replaced with a more liberal secretary. Betsy de Vos has been an ardent advocate of School Choice which provides support for low income students to choose alternatives to traditional public schools including charter schools and Christian schools.
f. The American Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra will also be replaced. Ambassador Hoekstra has also been a proponent of international Christian policies and has also been supportive of groups which advance traditional values.
g. Efforts are abroad in America to develop state approved textbooks that line up with leftist ideologies including a re-visioned history, re-defined moral values, new views on sexual identity etc. The Biden-Harris administration will almost certainly promote this development.
h. The new administration will promote more of an open door policy to immigration from countries who do not hold to traditional American values. We have already seen America fundamentally change due to these poli-cies, and this is likely to increase. 
i. A Biden-Harris administration will promote an entire worldview that purports to be unifying to all opinions and viewpoints, but which leaves no room for people with historic Christian values or moral absolutes. 

The freedoms to believe and confess as we now know them are under attack. Supreme court Justice Samuel Alito recently gave a speech before The Federalist Society in which he expressed concern about the stress that the pandemic is having on our constitutional freedom of speech. Many gatherings, including religious gatherings, are being restricted due to the pandemic even though we have a constitutional right to assemble and speak. In other words, Americans are being asked to give up their rights to speak for the sake of the pandemic. By the same token, we are asked to be silent about our religious convictions about marriage and homosexuality although it is our con-stitutional right to speak and be heard. But our right to be heard may be soon taken away. 
One of Justice Alito’s critics quipped, “He’s upset because, like so many conservatives he is ‘losing’ his coun-try.” Yes, we are losing our country. We are losing the values and morals that have been with us for many genera-tions. Now our students, our children, and young people, are growing up in an America which is not the same America envisioned by our fathers. Are we going to help our children understand the world they will live in? Per-haps there is a time of persecution coming. Are we prepared for that? Are we preparing our students for that? 
One thing remains stable in an ever-changing world. God is, was, and will forever be the same. He is a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The Psalmist had a blessed place to hide in the midst of all the turmoil and confusion of the day. That is our hope also for tomorrow, also for a rising generation. May the Lord grant to each of us such a place of refuge. We are not the first generation that faced dark days ahead. Some of the darkest days for the church have been the time for their greatest growth. So, whatever the future brings, may it bring and keep us in the right place before God. 
Here are links to two insightful resources: 
Judge Alito’s Speech or google Judge Alito’s speech (49 min) 
Albert Mohler Analysis (check out commentary provided on November 17, 2020) 
Original: NRCS Communicator