CONNECTING DOTS | FEBRUARY 2018
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when He is old he will not depart from it.”
“What you think determines what you do, what you do will determine the direction you go, which direction you go determines your destination.”
Quote from a sermon by Pastor Josh Friend in Red Deer.
Sometimes at the beginning of a new school year, I question why we do what we do in regards to Christian Education. Why don’t we simply join the public education system and try to impact public education. Could they not benefit from some “Christian” teachers? Maybe we could be a light to our secular world in this setting? It will certainly reduce the costs for our families and therefore we could give more to other ministries.
One of the fundamental identities of Christian Education must be that it is based on God’s word; that each of our courses, each of our interactions are based on sound Christian principles which serve as the foundation of this “private” educational system. I personally wonder how I would do in the Public System. Could I be the same educator that I am at KCS at a Public High School? While I obviously would not be able to have devotions and prayer (requests), I would also be unable to base the curriculum on God’s word. I could not teach science with an attitude of amazement toward a God who created such a complex world; much of which we have no idea about, and then follow it up with the realization that He also desires a personal relationship with each of His children. In fact I could not even bring up the idea that God is the Creator. What you think determines what you do, where you will go, what is your destination.
Christian Education is designed to influence, to shape students’ thinking. It is expected that this thinking will influence their actions, their path and destination. Christian Education does not allow students to operate in a vacuum, to encourage students to come up with their own interpretations of how the world came to be and how we are to interact with it. But rather it is designed to reveal who God is in addition to how we as His image bearers are to live. Public Education by removing any reference to a God or Creator does not preach a neutral message, but rather a concerted effort to eradicate any idea from a student’s mind that God exists. Christian Education is not about protection or isolation: What it is about is opening a student’s mind to seeing the world as it truly is. Our goal at King’s Christian is, “to educate for life” where each of our students can make a difference in a world where God is often denied, ignored or treated like a bystander. How I look forward to the day when every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Until that day however, it is our job to educate for life lived in response to our Creator.