by Dick Buckingham
I know we would all agree that education is one of the most important elements of our lives. From the time we are born until the day we leave this earth, we are continually learning from a variety of sources. One source of education, which I will call formal, is highly valued and we strive for the best possible formal education for ourselves as well as our children. Therefore, decisions about where I place my child to receive this education and by whom are some of the most critically important decisions I make as a parent.
Education is designed to influence children’s minds and hearts. We take our children and put them under the care and protection of adults who are called upon to impart the truth and knowledge they believe is important. We place them in a room of peers who exert a great deal of influence to conform to the thinking and mind set of the whole. All of these things place a significant amount of pressure upon our children to agree with and accept everything they are told without question. Therefore we shouldn’t be surprised, as alluded by Voddie Baucham, that when we send our children to be trained by Caesar, they come out acting like Romans.* That is the purpose and design of education.
by Dick Buckingham
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.” These are familiar quotes from the gospels usually attributed to the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Many of us have been motivated by these statements of Jesus to be active in our jobs, neighborhoods, even the world to let our “light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” It is one of the marks of a disciple, that we are willing to step into the world to represent Jesus and all that He teaches. It is common then, that a parent, desirous of teaching and training a child to be a disciple, would think that a perfect place for their child to be salt and light is on the campus of the local public school. After all, if we pull all of our children out of the public school to put them in Christian schools, who is going to be left to witness to the masses in our schools? It is a question truly motivated by a love for the lost and it may almost seem uncaring to counter it. Yet it deserves a carefully reasoned response. There are some assumptions that are being overlooked to conclude that God would have us place our children in the public schools to be “salt and light.”
of adults who have developed more fully in their thinking. Instead of being teachers, children are to be taught. Certainly parents play a major role in this training and our local churches assist. But when you consider the sheer number of hours that our children are under the teaching and training of their teachers at the public school, there are not enough hours in the day for us to begin to counter what may be taught as truth but is not. When most parents ask their children what they learned in school, the answer is “nothing.” The students themselves are unable to communicate what is being learned that might be dangerous to them in terms of their thinking and worldview. How is a parent ever able to make sure truth is weighed in with the false ideas presented? Many times, we find out after we see the fruit of this false knowledge worked out in the life of our child. Then, many times, it is too late.
Education as the way to teach and train children from Christian families with the correct worldview from the beginning, grounding them in the truths of God so that they would be strong and not waver in their faith. It was truly discipleship as Jesus had commanded in the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Shouldn’t our kids be salt and light in their public schools? Are we just going to abandon this important “mission field?”
- Why not public schools? What is the harm?
- The Christian school doesn’t have band, choir, drama, (you fill in the blank). Isn’t my child going to be at a disadvantage when they compete with students from public school who did?
- Does God’s Word really compel us to put our kids in Christian Schools?
by Dick Buckingham, Administrator
Could it be her child that lays here, perhaps her brother or husband? It doesn’t matter. Jesus, the one who was able to turn tears like these into cries of joyous praise is dead. He is no more. Sorrow overwhelms me as I slip to my knees on the ground a distance from her. I bow my head and begin to cry tears of my own.