The Appeal and Power of Indoctrination
Ramon Arias | May 1, 2017
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
On one of my travels, I was on a two-hour flight home to Florida. Next to me was a poised lady, and you know what happens when you have to sit next to a total stranger. Two things can happen, either they let you know they don’t want to be bothered by using different electronic gadgets and placing their earphones on immediately, or they will look for ways to engage you in a conversation. The latter was the case on this occasion.
Normally, on a flight, I'm either writing or reviewing a book. On that particular trip, I was reading a book, whose title caught the lady’s attention and we engaged in a conversation even before taking off, which lasted all the way up until the arrival to our destination. This person had earned her Ph.D. at UCLA where she also had been a professor until moving to Florida. Needless to say, she was entrenched in the belief of her ideas, but rather than attacking her beliefs, I used the Socratic method and challenged the historical validity of her worldview and its outcome. As expected, the theme of education became the central point of our analysis as we covered the origins of the American educational system from the beginning of colonial times. It was as simple as asking what future awaited her family according to the national and world trends as it relates to the whole of history. Her honesty was commendable, admitting that the future looked bleak and she was truly concerned. I invited her to attend our 12-week constitutional course where she would learn the biblical worldview that laid the foundation for our country and the importance of returning to those principles as the only wise alternative against the “utopian” socialist humanistic view of life. She accepted my invitation and came to the course and brought a friend.
Reasonable, responsible parents want the best for their families; this truth applies to Christians and non-Christians alike. Good intentions are not enough, and every one of us is responsible for the social outcome for the present and future generations.
A proper understanding of the meaning of the word indoctrination liberates us from the grip of ignorance because we will see that such a concept is evil. The 1828 Webster dictionary defines indoctrination as “Instruction in the rudiments and principles of any science; information.” Other dictionaries concur by stating, “the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.” Christians should not be paranoid or angry when being told that they have been "brainwashed" by biblical indoctrination. Wise parents that teach their children the full counsel of God as revealed in His Word prepare them to understand life and how to fulfill their purpose successfully.
Karl Marx believed the Christian religion was the enemy of the people and laid that foundation in his writings, which were embraced by Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Margaret Sanger, Saul Alinsky and a host of other individuals. They all had one shared vision for the nations and the world, their ideas are ever-present, which through any and all means of communications they communicate their indoctrinations, therefore, dominating the cultural landscape. What have they produced? They produced a generational moral crisis, dictators, tyrannies, hopelessness, death, poverty, hunger and destruction; a quick view of North Korea and Venezuela confirms this truth.
For decades, step-by-step, the Western civilization is moving in the same direction down the “utopian” road to destruction. The United States of America has not been immune and is infected with the humanism virus. The good news is that America has a way out if she goes back to the biblical foundation and once again embraces personal responsibility and personal liberty, freedom of conscience and utterly rejects the false premise of the godless immorality and stops compromising with those who believe that the majority determines what is right and what is wrong. Vox populi, vox Dei, “The voice of the people is the voice of God,” is a false indoctrination that anesthetizes the mind of the population that falls for such appeal.
America and the world need a generation of biblical Christians that will vigorously shake off the shackles of passivity and complacency by taking a stand to rescue their families, cities, counties, states and nation. A truthful foundation is the only way to effectively destroy indoctrination of the lies in evolution, revisionist history, social utopia, humanists psychology, the gender confusion, the one-way tolerance, political correctness, diversity, multiculturalism, environmental evolutionism, the dismantling of the original structure of the family, the wrong view of economics and poverty, recreational drugs, and the fallacy that God is dead.
Only the God of the Bible has the authority to define what is right and what is wrong; certainly, men and their humanistic institutions cannot do it. The humanist worldview is anti-biblical, even though they have to borrow from God's moral law to use it to their advantage and indoctrination.
We must be proactive! We must understand that indoctrination is not neutral and it is high time for us to demonstrate its powerful appeal and mark a clear path to make things better.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 ESV)