Child victims and Afrikaner descendants

Henry

By Theuns de Bruyn

Education and teaching have always been very important to Afrikaners. This is evident in the schools and universities that have been established for posterity throughout our nation’s history. The fact that there is a renewed search in our nation’s ranks for own institutions for the education of the posterity shows that this is still important for the Afrikaner.

Dedication to the education of the offspring, however, brings out deeper things from the human heart.

Worship and progeny

Man’s worship becomes concretely visible in the education of his offspring. So it has been through the ages.

Peoples of different religions often have in common that they dedicate their children in one ritual or another. In the ancient pagan religions, actually all over the world, it even happened that parents sacrificed their children to idols. For example, there was the idol Molog, who was worshiped by the Ammonites in the Old Near East(1). There were numerous rituals where children were burned in honor of this idol.

It may sound terrible, but the underlying principle to this practice is still present in the world. Man sacrifices his children. This no longer happens in all places by burning the children in fire, but all children are sacrificed in one way or another.

Children are at the mercy of their parents’ ideology of life. For example, if capitalism substantially affects the central life purpose of parents, then the children are sacrificed to capitalism. A proper study career and a profitable job will be the ideals that parents then pursue for their children. The same lines can be drawn around every expediency placed underlying the education of the offspring.

This obviously does not mean that any expediencies in the education of the offspring must be dispensed with. It sounds like a dream of secularism, and is obviously impossible. The omission of the expediency is an expediency in itself.

In contrast, the Scriptures set the exclusive worship of the living God as away from truth. The core of Israel’s Religion centered around the words of Deuteronomy 6:4. In this the Lord reveals Himself as the only Lord. There is no God beside Him.

In that section it also serves as the central motivation for the education of the offspring(2). It defines the efficiency that must underpin the education of the offspring of the Lord’s people.

Future expectation and posterity

It is then worth noting that this efficiency is also brought directly into connection with the future of the nation. The future of the people in the country would be blessed if they worshiped the Lord alone. This would have been eminently visible in the education of their offspring.

When the Israelites are then guilty of idolatry, posterity clearly comes into question. The kings Amon and Manasseh of Judah did indeed burn their children to idols. The people were taken away from their land precisely because of this sin.

The future is therefore inextricably linked to the efficiency with which the offspring are educated.

Therefore, we can conclude that the future expectation of parents also becomes visible in the education of their children(3). Therefore, when we want to understand our future expectations, we must look at the principles that underlie the education of our children.

Then we will be able to see whether the offspring will chase profit in the wide world, and whether they will follow their calling where the Lord places them. Then we will be able to see whether the offspring are sacrificed to a life for the here and now, or whether eternity is calculated in their education.

May the principles of education in which our people educate their children be pleasing to the living God!

(1) 1 Kings 11:5

(2) Deuteronomy 6:20

(3) ALA Buys, Firstborn of God, p 34

  • Theuns de Bruyn is a 5th year student at the theological school in Potchefstroom.