The Underestimated Power of Silence

We think this short blogpost by Dr. Christian Overman, President of Worldview Matters, is very powerful. It only takes about a minute to read…let us know what you think! Dr. Overman was our mentor during the three-year Worldview Pilot Project that helped us increase the quality and quantity of our biblical integration efforts at Isaac Newton Christian Academy.

Christianity was divorced from state schools in the U.S. during the 1960s. “Religion must be separated from education!” was the message from The Bench.

But don’t smart judges know it’s impossible to separate religion from education?

If it is a religious position to teach—or imply—that the Truths of Scripture are relevant to math, science, history and language, is it not also a religious position to teach—or imply— that these Truths are not relevant?

If it is a religious position to say, “Jesus is Lord of all, and by Him and through Him all things exist,” is it not also a religious position to say—in so many words, or lack thereof— “Christ is not relevant to our discussion of biology, business or Macbeth?” Are not both statements religious positions?

To teach students that the Bible is irrelevant to biology, literature and math can be done very effectively without telling them this directly. A teacher does not have to stand in front of a class and say, “the biblical worldview has nothing to do with our subject” to communicate the message that the Book is irrelevant.

All they need to do is never mention how any subject relates to the Book that is above all other books, and give students the impression that the secularist worldview and postmodern paradigms of our day are true by never saying otherwise.

This is the underestimated power of silence.

For schoolchildren, this silence is far more effective than speech. Multiply it by 13 years, and in just 3 generations you’ll see a much different nation come forth than Noah Webster envisioned, and Alexis de Tocqueville observed. Welcome to 2017.

If we think state education is religiously neutral, we must think again. Today, millions of children are being indoctrinated into John Dewey’s self-described “Common Faith” (a non-theistic religion), under the guise of “neutrality.”

How’s this working out?

When teachers don’t place a single academic subject into the context of a biblical frame-of-reference, are those teachers really being “neutral?”

Is it any wonder that our youth are leaving the Faith? The Book is irrelevant to anything of real importance! If it were relevant, why are its overarching Truths never mentioned in relation to a single academic subject for 13 years, and these Truths are not on any test?

They used to be self-evident. But no longer.

The underestimated power of silence.