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Proponent of Public School Exit Strategy Stresses Christian Parents' Responsibility

By Allie Martin
October 27, 2006

(AgapePress) - Resolutions supporting an exit strategy from public schools have been submitted in every Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) state and regional convention in the continental United States. The resolution is based on a recommendation by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler.

Mohler wrote in an article that because of the spiritual, moral, and academic decay that increasingly characterizes U.S. public schools, Southern Baptists should develop a plan for taking their children out of government schools. Roger Moran, a member of the SBC Executive Committee, helped draft the resolution based on the seminary president's suggestions.

Moran says Christian parents must recognize that they are responsible for planning and overseeing their children's education. "We will be held accountable, and we have just shrugged our shoulders as though it doesn't matter," he asserts; "but it does matter, and it matters supremely."

The SBC official believes an exodus from government schools is indicated because of the moral, social, and intellectual dangers prevalent in public education — dangers that are increasingly evident to Southern Baptists. "We're losing our own families," he contends. "We're losing our own children to the culture, and if this is the one place that we can break into this cycle and begin to change the course of history for God's people this country," then Christians obviously need to take action.

An exit strategy resolution will be introduced in some form for the SBC's 2007 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Moran says the issue is being raised not only to call attention to the deplorable moral state of the public schools but also to highlight the need for Christian education and "to get American Christians to reevaluate this stuff."

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Allie Martin, a regular contributor to AgapePress, is a reporter for American Family Radio News, which can be heard online.
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