In today’s society of changing values and morals, unpredictable violence, and worldly philosophies, parents must cautiously guard against the influences that could harm their children’s belief system. Christian parents need educational allies, teachers who have like-minded values and who share the same belief system. When it comes to education outside the home, parents can have no better ally than a Christian school. This is why thousands of informed Christian parents have chosen to pursue an alternative to secular education.
Parents who acknowledge the Bible as the authoritative source of truth can know God’s mind on education. But knowing God’s mind means taking the time to read, study, and understand what He said about education in His Book of holy truths. Here is where many Christian parents fall short; they fail to seek God’s mind about education, either because they are entangled with tradition or they are satisfied with secular education. Unfortunately, these parents will not take the time to analyze the scriptural reasoning for Christ-centered education. In the final analysis, the issue becomes one of having the faith and courage to obey God’s directives or of doing what self wants (Prov. 3:5-6).
Parents who send their children to Christian schools know that their Christian values and beliefs will not be undermined by teachers who espouse worldly beliefs and values. They also know that their children will not be exposed to secular textbooks that promote humanism and evolution.
Undeniably, Scripture instructs parents to train their children in the ways of the Lord. This truth is incontestable! Isaiah 38:19 instructs fathers to make known thy truth [truths] to the children and Ephesians 6:4 directs parents to “bring them [up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 commands parents to honor and obey His words in regard to teaching children. These and numerous other verses speak loudly to Christian parents. God’s intention has always been to give His Son, Jesus Christ, first place in everything parents do, including where their children attend school (Col. 1:15-18).
Does the Bible give parents educational guidelines? Perhaps the question could better be framed, “Is Christian education a biblical directive?” (Prov. 3:5-6). Unquestionably, parents need to know the mind of God in relation to these questions (Phil. 2:5).
These questions challenge parents to differentiate between two philosophies of life—God’s way (theism) or man’s way (humanism). If children are taught by teachers who reject, deny, or hinder the teaching of Bible truths, could one conclude that the teaching-learning process has stepped outside the boundaries established by God?
Likewise, could it be that some well- meaning Christian parents are honestly unaware of what the Bible says about education? Could they also be naive about what is happening in secular schools? Pursuing these questions further, is Christian education a choice or has God taken choice out of the question? God is jealous for His children; He wants them to be educated His way. Parents must remember that God thinks in view of eternity and man thinks in view of the “here and now” (Isa. 54:13; 55:8-11). Unfortunately, too many Christian families with school-age children will ignore these questions, will minimize the importance of these questions, or will never read or hear these questions.
In conclusion, Bible study and prayer are a part of every school day in Christian schools. The uniqueness of Christian education is also found in the way in which academic facts and knowledge are interpreted. Reality is taught in view of God being the author of all truth and what is not truth is not of God. Furthermore, Christian school teachers are committed and dedicated to helping their students grow academically and spiritually.
Is Christian education a biblical directive—yes or no? In formulating a response, first, read and think about the Scripture references listed in this article. Second, consider the application of these verses to education.
Jesus Christ should occupy first place in everything, and, as such, receive the preeminence He is rightfully due (Col. 1:18). Thus, parents and teachers need to instruct their children in biblical truth and to ensure that these truths are an integral part of the teaching-learning process. This is the foundational basis for choosing Christian education. So, what is the answer to the question, “Is Christian education a biblical directive- yes or no?” The answer must be “yes.”
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