Why Christian Education?
Why Christian Education?
There are many possible answers to the question of why Christian education. Chief among them is the key thing that separates Christian education from secular education; that is all subjects are taught from a biblical worldview. Students in a Christian school are taught science, math, history and English from a Christian perspective. They view these subjects by learning truth as the Bible presents it.
Christian education does more than this though. Truly Christian education not only presents the world from a Biblical viewpoint, but it also teaches students how to think and respond biblically to the world around them. Students in a Christian school are learning to see themselves, their peers, and society around them biblically. Those who know the truth have knowledge; those who use the truth for righteousness have wisdom.
The Christian school classroom is a dynamic environment. Yes, we memorize lists and facts, but much more takes place under the leadership of a godly teacher. Students are challenged to solve problems, answer questions and evaluate topics through the lens of the Bible. In this way, students are taught not just to be consumers of knowledge, but to be users of knowledge. Christian school students are not only taught about obedience, honor and love; they see these qualities modeled and are taught to respond with Christlikeness even in difficult moments.
The purpose of Christian education is not primarily to shelter students from the world, though in many ways that is a benefit of the Christian school environment. Christian education is a training ground for soldiers who will be prepared to enter the world fighting the “good fight of faith.” Whether it is through an intentionally planned encounter with the elderly or an impromptu moment on the playground, Christian education opens the door for youth to learn to love others and to serve God for His glory. It is in serving and glorifying our Savior that we live life to its fullest. This is the value of Christian education.
“My son, eat honey for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 24:13-14 ESV
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