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Gene Royer

Gene Royer is a staunch conservative. He is also a Policy Governance ® consultant and writer. He is the author of School Board Leadership 2000 - The Things Staff Didn't Tell You At Orientation and his international practice is based in Houston

    by Gene Royer

    June 12, 2003

    Conservatism is more than a mere ideology - for many it has its roots in morality. We modern conservatives don't always wave the banner of morality; and many of us who do often fall short of the standards which we, ourselves, profess. But it is the nature of God's children, that even in our failures we strive for divine fellowship--and to not forget the standard by which all are judged.

    I begin this essay in this manner because of a benchmark scripture found in the very first Psalm, which the Old Testament compilers chose to lead off that incredible Biblical book of praise to the Almighty.

    It says: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. ...And et cetera, and et cetera."

    My professional expertise is in instructing non-profit and public governing boards, such as city councils, charities, foundations, church boards, and school boards--both public and parochial. That's how I make my living; and my book on the subject of board governance is widely sold to all those kinds of institutions. I have the option of working with all those groups and reaping the benefit of their financial largess as they pay me handsomely for my time and talent.

    But a few years ago I took a close(r) look at First Psalms. "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly...". And I decided to aim my consulting practice toward faith-based organizations and the schools which they nurture. Why would I do that?

    Is there anyone reading this missive who is not aware that the public schools are ungodly? Oh, I'm not talking about the individual teachers and local administrators, for many of those fine people have made tremendously positive impacts on the lives of children. I'm talking about the public sch ool system itself. ...A system that is anti-God---and certainly anti-Christ.

    You can interpret that any way you want to.

    I don't want my kids and grandkids walking in the counsel of the ungodly. Do you? I doubt it. Yet, that is exactly what is taking place in public schools. God-honoring teachers and administrators are prohibited from expressing Godly laws of morality; and mentioning the saving grace of Jesus Christ is tantamount to their loss of employment.

    The public schools are ungodly. I will not even entertain debate on the subject.

    Is it any wonder then, that conservatives approve of and promote the school voucher system that will allow all children the opportunity to attend better schools where God is not an outlaw? Oh, I agree that the voucher system is not perfect; in fact, it has some distinct disadvantages because (for one thing) not all private schools are in step with Judeo/Christian tenets. But it's a step in the right direction.

    My own progeny are schooled by both public and parochial institutions; and I have friends whose children are home-schooled. The difference in their demeanor is markedly apparent. Of course, what parents elect to teach their kids about God in a home-school environment is their own business, but whatever it is, it is parentally initiated and not something dictated by government.

    If we venture further into First Psalms, we read: "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and WHATSOEVER HE DOETH SHALL PROSPER."

    Whether you are a believer in God or not is inconsequential; but in less than 600 words above I have just given you a valuable key to your child's success and prosperity. This wisdom was free. Don't squander it on prideful dissention and haughty unbelief, lest you miss this so great a salvation.

    © 2003 Tocqevillian Magazine