Is Christian education really necessary? It’s very expensive for families.
Suggested Daily Reading: Psalm 78:1-7
All we do should be to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). We are to praise the Lord for His Word and His works (Ps. 19:1-10; Ps. 150:1-2). This is true for all aspects of our lives, and especially for elements as important as our education. Education that removes God from His truth or removes God from His works, is atheistic in practice. Education that substitutes man’s ideas for God’s absolutes or man’s theories for God’s creation, is God-dishonoring. When education places man at the center instead of God, it is sinful. God is God – not man.
Therefore, Christian, God-centered, God-honoring education is critical. Leaders (“fathers”) in our homes, churches and schools are to teach their children and students in God’s way. Christian education is necessary because:
- It is God’s command – Ps. 78:5-7
- It is the responsibility of “fathers” – Deut. 11:18-21
- It must teach the truth – Ps. 33:4; John 17:17
- It must teach wisdom – Prov. 9:10
- Its primary focus must be a student’s spiritual needs – Mark 8:36
- Its curriculum/content must be built on God’s Word – 1 Cor. 10:31
- Its pedagogy/way of teaching and nurturing must be based on the Bible – Eph. 6:4
- It must pray for and plead upon God’s promise for His blessing – Eph. 6:18; Prov. 22:6
What we learn impacts our lives. The way we and our children are educated is critical. We must provide education that keeps the target in view. We must aim for the bull’s eye – the core purpose of our creation. Education must strive and teach love to God above all and to others as ourselves (Mark 12:28-31). If education misses the target altogether and aims in other or opposite directions, it can become a harmful influence. False education can try to dethrone God and place self or man on the throne. This is the temptation Satan chose to entice Eve (Gen. 3).
Christian education is critical. To educate in an atheistic way is “too costly.” The price to be paid, the cost or consequences of atheistic education is the sinful breakdown of society in this life and the eternal destruction of its students in the life to come.
What is meant by the statement, “To educate in an atheistic way is “too costly”? What is the cost to be paid by our families and country in this life? What is the eternal price to be paid in the life to come? Why is Christian education so critical for us personally, our families, our country?