Education and the Heart

Education and the Heart

In October of 2009, a terrible gang rape happened in California.  An estimated 10 males gang raped a girl for over two hours after a homecoming dance one evening.  As if that wasn’t tragic and horrifying enough, an additional 10 or more people were standing around watching this atrocity go on. 

Shortly after the news hit the airwaves, media outlets immediately launched in to discussions about how such a horrible thing could have happened.  Yes, it is indeed a terrible, terrible thing that happened to this young girl.  What prompts such acts to evil?  How do we prevent such acts of evil? 

The parents of the young girl released a statement(1) urging people in their outrage over the issue, to please take a constructive approach to resolving this issue.  They then implied about the need for better education, and a change in atmosphere within schools, to prevent this type of thing from happening again.  News outlets discussed with several people about ‘the solution’ for this problem over the next few days… Better security and better education were the top listed ideas.

My heart truly goes out to this girl, and all of those who have been in similar situations… I have had many good friends who have been through such terrible things as this.  It is probably one of the most horrible and tragic things that goes on in our world today.

While I would concede that education is helpful for many things, and education is beneficial for people and even could have a small impact in circumstances, plausibly preventing the evil that these boys committed, I do not believe that it is the solution.  This type of statement directly says that education will solve the problem… In other words, ‘if I teach these boys more about sex education, or crime, or what causes crime, or drug prevention, or alcohol awareness, then all the problems go away.  After all, better education creates better societies… right?’  If this is true, then what they are really saying is that lack of education creates these types of problems.

My friends, I propose to you that lack of education is not the problem.  More education is not the solution.  Mind you, I am not saying education is worthless either.  Someone once said, “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”(2)  The problem is not education or lack of… the problem, my friends, is the heart.  I touched on this in a recent article where Brit Hume, in a recent interview he did, suggested a similar thing when he talked about the recent Tiger Woods problem.  Jesus once said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”(3)  So what then?

The Bible says, “…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”(4)  If the problem is the heart, then would it not follow that we should look in to the best way to change the heart? 

How do we change the heart then?  I suggest to you that we do not… I suggest to you that you cannot… but Jesus can.  The Bible says, “…I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you…”(5)  “Therefore if anyone is in Christ (Jesus), he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”(6)  “…when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior…”(7)

I’ll leave you with the words of Jesus Himself, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God… whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”(8)  Yes, we need education and it is helpful in so many ways, but it doesn’t quite get to the core of the problem.  Believe in Jesus and trust in Him and give your lives to Him and your hearts will be changed forever.

(1), and Google
(2)   Theodore Roosevelt
(3)   Mark 7:21-23 
(4)   I Samuel 16:7 
(5)   Ezekiel 36:26
(6)   2 Corinthians 5:17, New Heart 
(7)   Titus 3:4-6
(8)   John 3


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