Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life (Prov 4:13)
Being instructed is hard. It rubs against our pride by forcing us to admit that there is something lacking in us, and everything in our society tells us that we are complete and adequate in ourselves, just as we are. There is nothing in us that requires instruction, at least not morally; men are basically good in themselves. If there is a flaw, society will take care of that through its Department of Corrections.
The emphasis in public education upon “self esteem” undermines real instruction. No longer does a student have to master a certain body of material; he is given passing marks so that he will feel good about himself. As a result of this unbiblical philosophy, larger numbers of our society are having to be “corrected.” [Read more…]