Few Christian parents have heard of the Chocolate War. Only refugees from public education are aware of the ongoing controversy in some state schools that still use the book by that name. The book, The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier, is a “junior high” novel that is known in “progressive” circles for its depiction of cursing, masturbation, violence and other favorite humanistic themes. Public educators say the book is selected for “the very important and complex topics it covers, including conformity and the ethical implications of the choices we make.”
Conformity, a cardinal aim of liberals, means indoctrination in godless behavior. Peer standards in junior high, further honed by Chocolate War, provide the measure for success. Ethical implications, code for inciting riot or pushing kids into decadent behavior, suggests the end goal for the educational experts.
Honest curiosity moves us to wonder why? What gain is envisioned? Are dead souls aroused only by means of potty issues and dirty language? One answer is clear. State education is grabbing at straws as it tries to gain student interest, but there is a more profound answer.
In Proverbs 14:1 we’re told: A wise woman builds her house, but the fool tears it down with her own hands. The denial of God and His law word defines the fool.
Proverbs 11:5-6 describes the answer more fully.
The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the treacherous will be caught by their own greed. Here the Bible reveals the propensity of wicked people to destroy themselves.
Having been created in the image of God, fallen man vigorously despises the vestiges of that distorted image within. Self-loathing triggers his innate hatred for God. Against common reason, what dominates him is a passion simply to destroy and ruin. Whatever brings to mind the absolutes of truth and goodness must be denounced. Moral vandalism pours out of the nostrils of this living death.
The effort to deny and destroy God’s truth, however, always works instead to reassert and display that wonderful and fearsome reality. Lessons in vice and immorality are a tool of the sovereign God to wreak judgment and destruction on His enemies and on those who spurn the gospel of the cross.