MANDELA, THE MINISTRY, AND OUR EDUCATIONAL MESS
Like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung and their ilk, Nelson Mandela is a hero to, and lionized by, Leftists. But he, like the proverbial broken clock that still gets the time right twice a day, sometimes expressed some profound truth, as for instance when he said, "Destroying any nation does not require the use of atomic bombs or the use of long range missiles. It only requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating in the examinations by the students." How true.
What Mandela said about education is applicable, and a warning to us. Education here now generally operates as a culture of “cheating” — cheating and being cheated at every level; obsessed with an entitlement mentality and dedicated to the systematic dumbing down of the American people. Mandela went on to say that because of this kind of education, “Patients die at the hands of such doctors, buildings collapse at the hands of such engineers, money is lost in the hands of such economists & accountants, humanity dies at the hands of such religious scholars and justice is lost at the hands of such judges. The collapse of education, “ he said, “is the collapse of a nation."
American education has, practically speaking and with rare exception, collapsed. Consequently our nation is rapidly collapsing. Wherever it exists, irresponsible, incompetent, and inferior “education” needs to be rejected for the farce, betrayal and danger that it is. The education of people, secularly and spiritually speaking, should (1) be entrusted exclusively to those who demonstrate exceptional competence and integrity of character and appreciation, while (2) support of and for such educators is expressed in very real ways.
What is tragically true in the secular arena is more tragically true in the spiritual arena of education. The Gospel ministry has its share of incompetents, self-servers, hirelings and deadbeats. Pulpits and pastorates are now glutted with men who though perhaps well-intentioned and talented, have no specific divine calling to do what they're doing. They have “run” without being divinely “sent,” and have no sense, such as Paul had, of being “put” by God into the ministry (Jer, 23:21; 1 Tim. 1:12).
Principles set forth in the Old Testament and qualifications outlined in the New Testament for pastors are shamelessly and increasingly ignored. Consequently, the Spirit that empowers churches for their spiritual education and equipping and produces a spirit of excellence in their educating and equipping ministry is diminished and diminishing; and this, more than anything else has contributed, and is contributing, to the collapse of our Republic. If this isn’t recognized, repented of and rejected the spiritual collapse of individuals, churches and our nation is inevitable. (Read Jer. 23; 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Hosea 4:6).