“…Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you?”
These were words written by John Wesley to William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was in the fight of his life to abolish slavery in England when Wesley wrote this letter to him. As I came across these words again yesterday, my heart was strengthened by these two thoughts.
1. In our day, one of the epic struggles for the soul of our children and nation is taking place in the arena of education. At Renewanation, we are working daily to awaken the conscience of Christians to the importance of giving children a Christian worldview. At times, it seems like we are being “opposed by men and devils.” People are extremely sensitive when it comes to the topic of education, and many are unwilling to have a serious discussion concerning its impact on kids. However, I believe, like William Wilberforce believed, that if our cause is right and just and if we are persistent, our ideas will prevail in the end.
2. The second thought that encouraged me was found in Wesley’s words, “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and of devils.” The one thing I never question is God’s hand in raising up the vision of Renewanation. This was never a personal dream of mine. I had no thought of starting a national organization or leading a national effort in the area of education. God so deeply burned this vision on my heart that I have not been able to get away from it for hardly an hour in the last six 1⁄2 years. As God raised up William Wilberforce and Abraham Lincoln to resist the status quo and abolish slavery in their time, God has raised up Renewanation to resist the status quo and awaken the church to the impact of secular education in our time.
Not long before William Wilberforce died, he saw the abolition of slavery in England. His Christian ideology became the way of the future for most of the world. Our prayer is that in the coming years more and more Christians will understand the importance of educating children from a thoroughly Christian perspective. As this happens, children will be given hope for their future and America will experience the renewal that only the Christian worldview can produce.