Why Christian Education? I think that at some time or another, we have all asked ourselves this question. It is a good one and if you will allow me, I would like to share with you a few thoughts for your consideration. I did not grow up with the privilege of being able to attend a Christian School as a young child. I believe that I had a good education in the local schools and a couple of my teachers were Believers, but for the majority of them, I never knew of their faith and if they had any, it didn’t make its way in to their classroom presentations. My Sophomore year in the public high school I had an English literature teacher who was openly homosexual and this fact was celebrated by this in the district as evidence of their tolerance and diversity. I Don’t remember much of his class other than the fact that it was more of a lounge that a classroom and he always had candles lit.
My Junior year of high school I put myself in a Christian School. Every month when the bill came, it had my name on it. I wanted to be in that atmosphere. Contrary as it sounds, I proudly carried my Bible to class and looked forward to History, Science and all of my classes taught from the Biblical Worldview. For me, it all began there, I knew I had found my place. I thrived in that atmosphere. After High School graduation I attended Bob Jones University, Majoring in History, minoring in English. College was a time of great blessing for me. After three years of living in the dorms, Sue and I got married. When she finished college, then I would work and go to school, sometimes taking only a couple of classes a semester, that is why it took me seven years to get a four year degree. By the time I graduated, I was working two jobs and we had two little girls. I guess that was sacrifice, but it didn’t seem like it at the time. We were happy and we were right where the Lord wanted us.
To answer the question of Why Christian Education?, I believe there must be an element of sacrifice. I know that parents sacrifice some of the purchases they could make, to pay their school bill. Christian School Teachers earn less than their peers in the other schools. Sacrifice is a good word to be embraced for the right reasons. One of the great Character Traits to learn in life is that anything worth having should be worth sacrificing for. The higher the price, the more dear the possession when we attain it. I pity the person who has everything given to them and life is easy. I admire the family that can keep the repairs going on an older vehicle to not have to have a monthly car payment and keep their school bill current.
Christian Education is Character. Christian Education is the Bible. There are two eternal things in this world, the Bible and the souls of men and Christian Education touches both. Everyday eternal truths are presented to eternal souls. What is there not to love about that? I’ll invest in that, I’ll sacrifice for that. I’m called to serve and I trust I serve with the joy of the Lord, ‘not weary in well doing’ for you see to me, it is all about the Cause that we serve. You are part of that Cause too.
Just a note, we just finished Winter Warm Up in Kinross and are heading in the very busy time for MACS. Academic Testing, Spelling Bee, Fine Arts and Athletic Tournaments. I Love It!