Poetic Knowledge Entry: Social Change

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Everyone’s posts have been great this week, but all I have is a short meditation for the Poetic Knowledge book club.

It all began with this quote on page suddenly hitting me like a ton of bricks:

John Dewey taught that schools are instruments of social change rather than of education, and that is one reason why Johnny neither reads nor writes nor dreams or thinks; but real schools are places of un-change, of the permanent things.

I realized that if we are homeschooling or classically educating or indeed making any of the other social and cultural choices we have made, in order to change the world, then we are actually in league with Dewey.

Now, I’m not saying these things might not change the world, I’m saying that should not be our reason for pursuing them.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Our sole purpose in all social and cultural and life decisions should be honoring, obeying, and glorifying God. Any effect beyond that that those choices might end up having is God’s province, and at His discretion. We are to pray:

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

And then live our lives as the King’s servants, doing His will, not as peddlers of our own brand of change. Jesus repeatedly likens His kingdom to yeast working through a loaf, to a seed growing into a tree. We are each one of those tiny yeast particles, not mini-saviors here to rescue America or Western Civilization from itself. Our concern should be with living faithfully the life in front of us, and being content in whatever way God sees fit to give the increase.

So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.”

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