“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
The next generation has all of history at their fingertips. Literally. One problem: having it available and knowing history are two entirely different things.
Edmund Burke stated: “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
I know it is stretch in this day and time when technology has changed the landscape to say that history repeats itself, but in many ways, it does. If it didn’t, then you wouldn’t have ongoing efforts to erase or even rewrite history.
The Cultural Revolution in China was an attempt to purge the impure elements of Chinese society. It was an all-out attack on Chinese society by Mao Zedong. It resulted in the death of at least 1.5 million people. It attempted to erase history.
It was a repeat of Stalin in Russia and the French Revolution in the late 18th century. In both cases, the intellectuals, scholars and elderly were attacked, imprisoned or killed.
In Russia, the “bourgeois” or ruling class were all but exterminated. It was done under the auspices of an ideology, but it really was about power. It’s always about power.
So, what we have learned is that, if you don’t like your history, you can try and eliminate it like Stalin and Mao. Or, you can use a more subtle tactic which is to rewrite it. You just revise history to fit your narrative.
That’s happening now in many school systems in America. The College Board came out with a controversial AP U.S. History (APUSH) which is revisionist. The proponents deflect any criticism as coming from “ignorant” chauvinists.
It is still a battleground, particularly when 55 Scholars from a broad variety of disciplines protested its changes. The changes emphasize the warts or “blemishes” of the past, not on the achievements or successes.
This is a big deal. In 2015, Congress was called on to withhold funding from nonprofits that developed APUSH because it “emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”
The revisionist narrative is that all whites are responsible for slavery and are to be condemned (no matter that they didn’t do it, but they are condemned since their forebearers may have been involved).
The result is a push for “reparations” to those in the current generation whose forbearers were “oppressed”. The idea is that the victims should receive some monetary benefit from those whose ancestors were responsible.
In effect, all whites are racists – the revisionist history is based on white supremacy. And if you buy that, then you, as a white, are unable to fix it unless you fork over some money. That narrative doesn’t bother to note that slavery exists today.
In fact, slavery is a bigger problem than it was 100 years ago. There are an estimated 45 million in slavery today. Instead of attempting to eradicate slavery entirely, those pushing this narrative want to make victimhood its goal.
Slavery and racism have become the new “original sin”. Once you have sinned, you cannot be redeemed. That’s a dark message today, and it is being broadcast in the media and in our school systems.
One problem: it is not the original sin. That happened back in the garden when Eve, then Adam, ate the forbidden fruit. The bible is full of flawed leaders, but the message is clear that even a flawed leader can make great achievements and be redeemed.
King David was flawed: he had Bathsheba’s husband killed so he could have an affair. Yet he was called a man after God’s own heart. Imagine what a revisionist version of David’s conduct viewed in the prism of the #MeToo movement would look like today?
Geoffrey Botkin wrote a telling article on why the public schools teach revisionist history. He traces it back to the early 20th century when a group of educators from Columbia Teachers College received funding from large foundations (Rockefeller, Ford and Carnegie) to change the curriculum for history in schools.
He quotes Sam Blumenfield who said: “The plain truth is that there has been in this country a deliberate plan to change American education so that the American people can easily be led into socialism.”
Botkin’s research found that the foundations that supported the revisionist mission had several motivations, including an attempt to “mold people through schooling“, and “eliminate tradition and scholarship“. There was a “clear intent to weaken parental influence” and “overthrow accepted (theological) custom”.
Their goal was to create Perfectionism as the “new secular religion aimed at making the perfection of human nature, not salvation or happiness, the purpose of existence”.
No surprise that a majority of the next generation find socialism preferable to capitalism.
The challenge as a Christian is not to put your head in the sand but recognize that a battle is being waged for the minds and souls of the next generation. The revisionist agenda wants to eliminate the significance of the past and religion by putting society and the future on man’s terms.
God, in this agenda, gets shown the back door. We cannot let that happen.
MENTOR TAKEAWAY: Help your mentee look at original sources for history – not doctored textbooks. Help them to analyze them through a Biblical grid to come up with their own conclusions.
FURTHER RESOURCES: Why the Public School System Teaches Revisionist History (2010)
The Dumbing Down of America by John Gatto
It’s the 21t Century. Yet Slavery is alive and well. Washington Post
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