A new resolution on Christian education was submitted to the 2005 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)on May 31, 2005.
The Executive Director for GetTheKidsOut.org Rev. Grady Arnold, who submitted the resolution, calls for the Southern Baptists to take stand in the crucial issue on the public school education and its "devastating effects" on their children.
"The time is way over due that we acknowledge the devastating effects public school is having on the faith of our children," said Arnold, pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Texas.
Co-submitted by David Scarbrough, minister of Education at an SBC church in Tennessee, the resolution is similar to last year's controversial resolution on education that called for an immediate pull-out of all Southern Baptist children from public schools.
Last year's resolution was rejected because many considered it too "radical," according to Arnold.
"According to many in the SBC leadership, sending kids to government schools to get a thoroughly secular education is equivalent to being salt and light in the schools," said Arnold.
However, he added, "according to their own data, just the opposite is happening."
Citing from the SBC Council of Family Life Report of 2002, he said that 88% of the Southern Baptist children after graduating from government high school are permanently leaving the church.
Arnold points out what distinguishes this year's resolution is it's call on the churches "to lovingly warn" all of their members concerning the "toxic spiritual nature of the government school system."
When asked why the resolution was so important, The Rev. Scarbrough said the issue was of utmost importance.
"Like in the days after Joshua (Judges 2) we are on the verge of losing an entire generation. We are trying to help as many Southern Baptists as we can see their responsibility to educate their children according to the scripture," Rev. Scarbrough said. "And help them see what's wrong with the government school system."
The Resolution Committee will evaluate and vote on the resolution by June 21 to decide whether it should get onto the floor for a vote at the SBC's annual convention.
The Arnold-Scarbrough Resolution: (a) applauds Christians working in the government schools as missionaries, (b) calls on churches to warn their members of the devastating effects of sending their children to a totally secular institution for their education, (c) calls on churches to become aggressive and pro-active in starting Christian schools and in supporting homeschooling.