Why Christian Education?



 

by Pastor David Warren, Jr/Sr High Principal

 

1. You are accountable to God for what your children are taught in school. Proverbs 22:6 is a direct command to parents. It says, “Train up a child in the way he should go…” What your children are taught in school should be a direct extension of your parental views.

2. Christian schools offer a better level of instruction. There is no question about it. The test scores over a long period of years are conclusive.

3. The Bible does not teach that children should be exposed to all kinds of sin. We are to train “up” a child, not point him downward. Children do not grow spiritually stronger in a negative non-Christian environment. Students do not become stronger Christians by being taught non-Christian thinking, but by being taught Christian thinking, and there is no such person as a “neutral” school teacher who neither advances nor inhibits religion. School represents 33% of your child’s time. It is prime time, a training time, and Christian school education represents a positive Bible- centered form of instruction that will build a child up in the faith- -not tear him down. Proverbs 19:27 says, “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”

4. The Christian school is right for your child because the Christian school has not cut itself off from the most important book in the world–the Bible. Without the Bible, education is nothing more than the blind leading the blind. Standards for morality must be taken from Scripture alone.

5. The Christian school provides an opportunity for your child to witness for Christ. This surprises some people because they assume all students in a Christian school are Christians. In most cases a majority are Christian; however, in every Christian school there are always students who need the Savior. Christian students are trained and encouraged to reach these youngsters for Jesus Christ. Witnessing in a Christian school has the support of parents, students, teachers, administration and the school board. Presenting Christ as Savior is not illegal in a Christian school.

6. Christian school educators teach all subject matter from a Christian context. They put the Bible at the center of the curriculum and ask students to evaluate all they see in the world through the eyes of God. To quote Dr. Roy Zuck, The secular vs. Christian school issue is really a question of whether a child will learn to view life from man’s perspective or God’s perspective. From man’s viewpoint, history is purposeless; from God’s viewpoint, history has meaning. From man’s viewpoint, science is the laws of “nature” at work; from God’s viewpoint, science is the outworking of His laws. In a Christian school, a student is exposed to the centrality of God in all of life, not legally “sheltered” from this important dimension of education.

7. Christian schools support the family as the number one institution of society. Christian school educators train students to respect their parents. Noah Webster, who said, “All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society.”

8. Christian school educators maintain discipline. Without a reasonable standard of discipline, the process of education is severely hampered. “For whom the Lord loves, He disciplines…” the Bible teaches. And it is within that context of love that discipline is carried out in a Christian school.

9. “We believe that our children are gifts of the Lord. We are responsible to train them according to His Word not only at home and in church, but in school as well.”