Yesterday my husband and I were discussing with our Sunday School class (8th and 9th graders) that many people were expecting a political Messiah, and were disappointed that Christ came to save them from their sins instead of saving them from Rome. What is ironic is that eventually Christianity was a major factor (some historians argue the major factor) in the fall of the Roman Empire. It didn't happen, though, because Christ rode in with a sword and conquered the Romans. It happened because Christ rode in with the sword of His Word, conquered the hearts of men, and consequently a culture. (Rev. 19:13-16)
At La Shawn Barber's Corner, I just read the results of a fascinating analysis of data from the last election, and La Shawn's thoughtful comments, from her Christian worldview. (They were published in The American Conservative, by author Steve Sailer) I hope you will all go read La Shawn's post, but the data in a nutshell is this: An analysis of white families in red vs. blue states shows that red state families are producing more children than blue state families.
Mere numbers alone, then, might give conservatives reason for optimism for the political future of our culture. I think, though, that the picture is really rosier than these numbers alone would indicate.
After all, these kids aren't going to inherit conservatism from the family gene pool. They are either going to learn it from their parents or they are going to learn something else elsewhere. But it is the Christian families that are taking increasing care to pass on a Christian education and worldview to their children.
Accompanying this growth in red state family size, is also a growth in Christian education. Estimates range from 1.1 to 2.1 million children receiving home education right now. (Source: NHERI) Private schools enroll about 5.2 million children, about 85% of which attend religious schools. (Source U.S.D.E.) These approximately six million home schooled and Christian schooled children are out-performing their public schooled peers in test scores, college enrollment, and college success. Who hasn't noticed how home schoolers have begun to dominate spelling bees, science fairs, geography bees, essay contests, and the like?
So perhaps conservatives are not just out-numbering the left in raw numbers, perhaps we are out-numbering them in the production of future leaders as well. An interesting thought. And possibly an interesting correlation with the Roman Empire. Perhaps the faithful political leadership we clamor for will not come to us through the exercise of political power. Perhaps it will come through the cultural transformation caused by the power of millions of Christian mums and dads, not just evangelizing the unsaved, but also faithfully transmitting their faith and their world view to the next generation of their own families and equipping them to carry the Kingdom to the businesses, courtrooms, schools, and legislatures of this nation. "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9)
So let it be, dear Lord. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.