film) and to hear of the many ways God
had blessed the Exodus Mandate over
But the highlight of the evening was
without a doubt the keynote speech by Mr.
Thomas. Unapologetic in his views, he delivered a very strong message to Christian
leaders, pastors, and parents regarding the
importance of a Biblical education. Cal is
a man who writes carefully and speaks extemporaneously. And boy, is he funny!
A few days after the event, I had an opportunity to talk with Cal on the phone and
ask him a few questions.
Joaquin: Why are you so passionate about
Cal: A friend of mine said, “Our children
are letters to the future,” and I say we need
to decide whether we want to send them
first class or postage due. A good education
is foundational to a successful life. A real
education teaches not just information, but
gives a child a moral foundation and a recognition of his or her place in the universe
and God’s scheme of things, and you can’t
get that in the government schools, no matter how good they are.
The integration of knowledge with wisdom was always thought to be fundamental to a real education. It was the founding
principles of some of our greatest schools—
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth—all
founded on a Biblical foundation, all of
which have pretty much abandoned that
I’m not so much concerned with what
the unbelievers do with their children—
although I would be happy to have them come
to Christian schools—but I’m more concerned with what Christian parents do with
their children. Why you would send them
into a secular school environment where
they learn that they evolved from slime?
They learn that that’s why they like bananas
in their cereal, because their nearest relative
is down at the zoo, and their faith is attacked!
it’s a form of child abuse, frankly.
Joaquin: How did your family get involved in Christian education?
Cal: I used a lot of the excuses everybody
else did. You know, I was a product of the
public schools, but my public schools were
OK back when I went to them. I wasn’t a
committed believer back then, but they
certainly didn’t undermine what the Bible
teaches. But as I was growing as a believer,
my wife and I got a note from the local elementary school in suburban Washington,
D.C., inviting parents to a special meeting
to discuss the growing drug problem in
the elementary school. I looked at my wife
and said, “Look, I don’t care if I have to bag
groceries at the local supermarket to make
a little extra money. We’re getting our kids
out of these things.” And we did and never
Joaquin: What is keeping more Christian
parents from taking their children out of
the public schools?
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