The Need for Christian Education
Recently, the Kansas State Board of Education nobly decided
to exclude the theory of evolution from testing standards. The decision
drew rude criticism from arrogant liberals. This reaction of prejudice
underscores the basic need for Christian education.
At the Elementary and Secondary Levels
After a summer of healing, Columbine students and teachers
return to school with understandable anxiety and admirable hope.
The circumstances that led to the senseless acts that rocked their school
and world last April point further to the need for the proliferation of
My call for more Christian schools is not based on a delusion.
Never have I, nor will I, believe that Christian schools offer a utopia
wherein brotherly love rules uninterrupted and wrong ideas are never presented.
In the most guarded of settings, students will have to be disciplined and
teachers reprimanded. Some will face dismissal due to the lack of
moral or doctrinal integrity. In these negatives, nevertheless, lie
At public schools, students living immorally are applauded
by peers, and sometimes by teachers. Their behavior and such insidiously
positive reinforcement are powerfully negative influences on the young
Christian trying to live “in, but not of, the world.”
At Christian schools, the enrolled can be disciplined for things like promiscuity
and drunkenness, even if those things took place outside of school hours.
At public schools, students who wear advertisements for hate groups and
satanic cults are defended by the ACLU. At Christian schools, their
display is stopped, most likely before it degrades into bitter, rebellious
acts of violence. At public schools, teachers trying to integrate
a faith in God into any subject, especially science, will be quickly branded
fanatical and dangerous. At Christian schools, they are noted as
those who genuinely care for the whole development — academic and spiritual — of
the precious child.
The difference is in the control. Public schools
are controlled by a government so overwhelmed with some overblown concept
of separation of church and state that Christianity is regarded as the
only enemy of an adequate education. Let the faith of evolution reign
supreme (and believing it takes a great deal of faith), but don’t present
evidence for an intelligently designed young earth. Let the Qu’ran
and the Baghavad-Vita be stored in the lockers, but keep the Bible off
the premises. Let sex education and birth control enlighten and free
hormonally controlled minds, but don’t impose a protective, safe moral
code of abstinence. Education organizations’ highest officials often
un-admittedly but practically relish the religion of secular humanism.
Its lack of moral education deprives individuals and devastates society.
There is no good reason, in their atheistic, amoral system for students
not to become immoral, unkind and even violent. The fault is in the
Christian schools, ideally, are controlled by boards of
directors made up of Christians with sound moral and doctrinal convictions.
Even when the convictions are questionable, they generally rise far above
the standard-less officials of public education. They, therefore,
hire teachers of science who will offer evidence of creation. They
hire choral and band directors who will use the music to reinforce spiritual
and emotional well being. History teachers will focus on the characters
of moral courage who based their bold decisions on Christian faith.
Computer science instructors will warn of the abuses of the internet.
Math teachers will emphasize integrity in accounting. Above all,
Bible teachers will be employed. Daily discussions directed by God’s
Word will compose one-seventh of the school-day’s time. And that’s
not even counting the daily devotions in chapel.
Christian schools are operated by a principle that still
regards the whole person. The faculty and staff know life is not
broken into secular and religious segments. The child is an emotional,
spiritual, social, physical individual. One area of growth can not
be adequately achieved without the others. “Jesus increased in wisdom
and stature and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). Christian
schools seek to further complete growth into mature Christian adulthood.
Areas that are blessed with a proliferation of Christian
schools reap the benefits in society. Parents have a choice about
an education for their children. Solid citizens are the ones who
receive diplomas. They grow old with principles of marital purity,
brotherly kindness and neighborly behavior controlling their lives.
They seek to serve others. They work for the general good.
To be sure, in areas without Christian schools, public
graduates often carry the same noble characteristics. They have learned
them at home. They’ve learned them at church. But, my argument
for the further proliferation of Christian schools into new territories
goes something like this: “Wouldn’t the world be better if the young
people spent their six to eight hours a day at school learning the reinforcements
— and not, as is often the case, the contradictions — of the same principles?”
Forty hours a week is a lot of time to spend away from the standards we,
as Christian parents, hold dear.
Then, there’s one more sincere disclaimer to make.
Not nearly all public school classrooms are so tainted as the pictures
painted above. Many devout and noble people buck the tide to implement
in their students the noble character of Christianity. They do it
by example, and, often at risk of job loss, by word. Many principals
guide their schools of charge with a genuine moral concern. No, this
article is not to berate anyone who has ever believed in the virtues of
a public education. Where atheism and amorality are absent, public
education still produces fantastic citizens and great societal results!
Our point is simply that increasing antagonism toward
Christianity in the public arena may necessitate the establishment of more
Christian institutions as a counterbalance. It is worth considering.
Perhaps, where you are, you are the one who is prepared to get the ball
rolling. Who knows what amount of good can be accomplished?
At least we know that some can, and that is reason enough to try.