Christian Ministries Weak on K-12 Christian Education in Exodus Mandate Report Card
Contact: E. Ray Moore, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) USAR Ret., 803-714-1744, 803-237-8680 (c); www.exodusmandate.org
COLUMBIA, SC, Feb. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- Chaplain E. Ray Moore issued a Report Card at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) in Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb 10, 2009, at a news conference, on how effectively major Christian ministries and organizations support K-12 Christian education or home schooling. Nine organizations were rated, many of which have actively engaged in the cultural war in the US for the past several decades. Moore said, "Even though these organizations have been valiantly fighting the culture war, they have suffered terrible defeats. They have not been able to arrest and reverse the moral and cultural slide by protests, lobbying, voting and legislative remedies. It's time for these ministries to revisit their methodology and ask themselves if there is a biblical model for spiritual and cultural renewal." The nine criteria used to rate the organizations in the K-12 Christian education Report Card included: promoting a Christian worldview and not promoting K-12 public schools as morally equivalent to Christian and home schools. To view the Report Card, visit the following link: http://www.exodusmandate.org/2009-reportcard/exodus-report-card.pdf.
The nine ministries generally earned high scores for promoting a Christian worldview, for promoting K-12 Christian education or home schooling and for warning about the dangers of public schools, but they received poor grades for wasting their efforts on public-school reform, on justifying keeping Christian children in public schools to be salt and light, and on promoting a moral equivalence between K-12 public, Christian and home schools. Moore said, "The failure in these criteria is largely due to the fact that some Christian ministries have not yet come to believe that there is an explicit biblical theology of Christian education in the Holy Scriptures. These same ministries have promoted a Christian worldview, and many Christian families, taking this teaching to its logical conclusion, have now outstripped the ministries."
David d'Escoto, President of Dexios, Inc., and author of The Little Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool, said, "Some of these ministries continue to labor under the error that K-12 public education is an acceptable practice for Christian children and that the public schools can be reformed. This is folly."
Dr. Bruce Shortt, Houston attorney and author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools, commented, "The Report Card is a good idea to serve as a wake up call for ministries, churches and pastors. Exodus Mandate should rate the major Christian denominations next and then rate the seminaries and large Christian radio or TV teaching ministries, too. Any organization or church can use the Report Card as a self-grading exercise."
Moore chose the venue of the NRB to release the K-12 Christian education and home schooling Report Card as this forum gives Exodus Mandate an opportunity to present again K-12 Christian education and home schooling as a biblical model for spiritual and cultural renewal. Exodus Mandate plans to release similar Report Cards at subsequent NRB conventions. The NRB is the largest gathering of evangelical Christian leaders and media in the world. For more information on Exodus Mandate's proposals, visit
http://www.exodusmandate.org/art_20080123-how-dr-dobson.htm and www.exodusmandate.org.