Libation # 205
Worthless Education   
Dr. Benjamin Rush 1745-1813

"[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."

Dr Rush was a signer of the Declaration and attended the Continental Congress, a physician, Surgeon General, Educator and more. The above quote is from 1806: On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic.
What use is an education if it undermines liberty? What good is a head full of information, if that information does not facilitate the purpose of God? This is essentially what Dr. Rush was saying. However, the Bible speaks of those who apparently had such an education:

"Professing to be wise, they became fools,.."  (Romans 1:22)

Such is the case for those pushing for homosexual marriage (including about half of the Judges who sit on the U.S. Supreme Court). And how fitting that the context of the verse above is specifically about the homosexual issue.

For our republic to survive, our people must be educated according to the virtues found in the Word of God. Please pray as our nation's highest court considers this issue, that the court will seek God's will and true wisdom will prevail. Without virtue there can be no liberty.
Note: Lest anyone think that Dr. Rush was speaking of religion in a broad sense, so as to include religions other than Christianity, he was not. See Libation # 203 and Libation # 204 for quotes from other founders addressing this issue.
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