Who out there is a history buff? I love to watch, read or listen to history shows, books or lectures about history. What we do and have done as people fascinates me. The human race has been so good and yet so bad. From the fall of man to present day, history proves that God’s prized creation is simply sinful and flawed. Decisions made by man throughout history have always proven to be less than perfect but perfectly human.
The reason, I’m bringing up history is because unfortunately, history is something the younger generation has no concept of and that’s so sad. It’s also not good for this country, the people in it or the kids themselves. I read recently that history is not required in many public schools and that many kids really don’t have any knowledge of history beyond the time they have been alive. It’s really no wonder why kids and young adults think the way they do.
Edmund Burke said that “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” Of course, people often repeat it anyway with hopes of a different outcome. Some people call that insanity, I call it being human. I think that regardless, we are robbing children of the rich history of our nation and the incredible story of our world. Even if the schools have kicked out the Bible, there is so many things that people have done throughout history that need be shared.
The Bible consistently reminds us over and over again about the history of God’s creation and His plan. History is such a big theme in the Bible, and I love that. One of the most fascinating things in the Bible to me is the fact the Jews recorded their ancestry generation after generation from their beginning, see Matthew 1:1-17 for example. I don’t know about you, but I have no idea who my great, great, great, great grandparents are, but I probably should.
I’m making it a point for my kids to know their history and they all go to schools where history is taught from a Christian world view. I want them to know that God started it all and that we’ve needed him thought-out and the we’ll need him in the end. I want them to know that though we are flawed, we are capable of doing great things for God and His people. I want them to know their history and how to keep from repeating the bad and learn from the good.
By the way, I finished writing this on January 1st, 2020 and on this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which legally freed all of the slaves in the rebellion states. This helped change the trajectory of the Civil War and ultimately helped keep this country together. History matters and I pray that someday our educational system changes and brings it back with eager enthusiasm. Our children deserve to know where they came from because I believe it will help shape who they are and who they can be in a much richer way.
Thanks for reading my history rant!