The imagined directive power of AzMERIT is not just; and by it, it is merely a test by which no man is obliged to take.
This concept might be quite difficult to understand without further information, but here is the simple reasoning:
Everyone in good faith believes that the Lord declares: And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them, further stating, he says, And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of the wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose; thus, by all faithfulness and absolute duty of man, if we are to account this as true, we are to hearken to God rather than man, even when it comes to civil law.
And if we do believe in this eternal principle, then it would be the most detestable evil for us to sustain a supposition which rebels against this eternal principle, and the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.
Therefore, if the authority of the AzMERIT is non-existent, then we first must prove that it goes contrary to God.
According to the word of God, Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to serve and love one another, and just given this, it is enough to know that parents are the ultimate sovereign when it comes to their children’s education. As it is written, there is nothing that the spirit does not know, and if the parents teach their children to be worthy of its presence, then surely it will lead them away from ignorance.
In conclusion, according to the voice of God, there is no command from any agent that binds a child to take such a “compulsory” test, save it be by the parents. Even if a school proclaims, your child must take this test, they are either ignorant of justice or are purposefully attempting to destroy the liberty of all men. Furthermore, there is no punishment that parents or their children are obliged to suffer by this “law”, for if such laws have an authority, then an apostle such as St. Paul must have been very foolish to preach the Gospel, as he later suffered for not renouncing it. Woe unto me if I preach it not, he says, though there were the severest penalties for breaking “the law”.
That which is not just, is not Law, and that which is not Law, ought not to be obeyed… and no man is obliged to suffer for not obeying such as are against Law. – Algernon Sidney
However, now that we have established it is merely a choice that the parents must make, and is not in any disobedience, but civil obedience, to recognize such a command as not being a law, then it becomes of them to ask this question: Which is more loving – to take the test, or not to take the test?
Personally, and it is not a decision for me to make for the parents, I think that if the school were to be destroyed by lack of funding, I would wonder why as to the fact the Lord used such an institution to organize such a special purpose, by which I have a blessing of knowing, and that has brought to pass much good.
Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. – Luke 16:9