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Is Christian Education Really Important?

Christian education is my passion, so it sometimes amazes me when I hear other Christians dismiss the whole concept or speak flippantly about it. Christian schools are deemed by some to be inferior or unnecessary. They’re too expensive, too strict, too intrusive, or too much of a bubble.

3 Reasons Why Christian Education is Vital

While no school is perfect, Christian education plays a vital role in the training of our children, and I believe it is absolutely essential. This is no knock on those who choose to work in the public school system – that is an entirely different mission field. But when it comes to the future of our children, we must make Christian education a priority.

Satan is the master deceiver, and He desperately wants us to think that Christian education is not really important and that the public schools can educate our children just fine. He will use every technique and argument he can to trick us into complacency. But we can’t afford to be fooled.

Christian education is vital because…

  1. The public school system has an agenda – and it’s not just about evolution. I’ve heard parents say that they know their child is hearing about evolution in the public school but that they talk to them about it at home, so everything’s fine. I wish this were the case, but it’s just not.

    Yes, kids are good at refuting evolution and staying true to their belief in a Creator – that’s not really a problem. The issue is that the public school system is pushing way more than evolution, and most parents don’t even know the assault of dangerous philosophies their children are facing.

    The public school system is humanistic at its core and pushes its progressive agenda every way it can. From a young age, students are taught that there is no absolute truth, that homosexuality is an acceptable alternative, that some people are more valuable than others, and that socialism is the key to the future of our society. And the problem is that these philosophies are taught very subtly – weaved into illustrations and application questions. A mature adult might not even catch them, much less a child or teenager. (Interested in more details? This post on Crosswalk discusses some of the history of the public school movement.)

    This subtle teaching of humanism, socialism, and progressivism is dangerously persuasive to impressionable children and teens. And since since we as parents are in the classroom with our students, we don’t even know what to refute.

  2. Our kids need to do more than just survive. Can a child survive the ever-rising onslaught of unbliblical philosophies and graduate from a public school with their faith intact? Of course. But don’t we want more than this?

    Since when is the goal to raise kids who “made it.” Don’t we want kids who understand God’s truths and how to apply them to every situation in life. Don’t we want our kids to have a deep, meaningful relationship with God? Don’t we want them to be everything they can be and to use their lives for His glory?

    I’m not saying a kid who attends a public school cannot be used of God – that would be ridiculous. But what I am saying is that a main purpose of Christian schools should be to intentionally disciple students. Effective Christian schools should be using every opportunity to speak Biblical truth into students’ lives and help them become more like Christ.

    Christian schools should not just be the absence of wrong philosophies. They should instead be the infusion of truth into every aspect of the day – from academics to peer relationships to sports.

    A student who learns to hear and apply Biblical truths has done way more than survive – He is ready to thrive.

  3. Our kids are still in training. The public school system may indeed be a mission field, but the missionaries should be mature adults, not our kids. Why not? Because they are still in training themselves.

    To illustrate, let’s imagine that the government wants to send spies to infiltrate an Al-Qaeda training facility that uses propaganda and indoctrination to radicalize its recruits. The general carefully select his candidate – a 13-year-old teenager. He’s a loyal American, the son of a Navy Seal who is smart, independent, and loves his county. They send him into the Al-Qaeda base where he will train and gather intel for the next six years. To help him remember the truth of freedom, they periodically schedule secret meetings and smuggle in American pamphlets and materials.

    What’s the problem with this scenario? The boy is only 13 and has had no training. He is still at an impressionable age and has not been taught how to resist the indoctrination of the extremists.  Even if he remains true to his country, it’s unlikely that he will emerge from the facility with the same system of beliefs is.

    I’m not saying the public school is system is Al-Qaeda, but we are fighting a spiritual battle. We are fighting for our children’s future, for Biblical truth, and for right. Our children are not yet ready to be sent out on their own into the fight. They are still in training. And if we want them to be effective soldiers for Christ, they need to complete their training in a place that will drive them closer to Him not away from Him.

    Children and teens are particularly impressionable and are still learning how to distinguish truth from error. This is the time that they need Biblical guidance and direction – and an hour on Sunday morning just isn’t going to cut it.

    One goal is not to insulate them from the fight, but they just cannot train properly in the camp of the enemy. We must diligently teach and train them as young people so that they will grow up to be powerfully effective soldiers for Christ.

So is Christian education important? Absolutely. Our children’s future depends on it.

Do you agree that Christian education is vital? Or do you have different thoughts? Join the discussion by leaving a comment.

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Linda Kardamis

I believe that when God calls us to teach, He promises the strength & wisdom to do it well. All we need to do is keep learning, growing, and depending on Him. I'm here to provide practical advice and Biblical encouragement so you'll have the confidence and perspective to not only inspire your students but reach their hearts as well.

  • Glanced over your article, I am assuming this is the one your link was referring to. The link took me to a Facebook group article. Immediately the Al-Qaeda illustration naturally popped out to me. I could not help to think about another Biblical teen in Scripture by the name of David. David prevailed against Goliath by the power of our Almighty God. This is the same power that Spirit-filled teens have access to today.

    Christian education is extremely important; however Scripture demands Father’s to be the primary instructors. Too many use outsourced Christian education as a substitute for training at home.

    Again, I am not against Christian schools and those who devote their lives to instructing others in The Way. I am against the behavior that chooses a path out of fear or because everyone else is doing it.

    The bottom line is as long as we are in the flesh we are in the “world” whether in a school building, workplace, or a church- there is no safe ground. Our only armor and defense is His glorious shield of love, grace, and mercy. Therefore we must always seek Him and depend upon Him.

  • Great post Linda. I think it’s vitally important that Christians work together to reform education… both public and private. However, the real task of reforming public education needs to fall on mature believers… not children.

  • Too many words. Measure your words carefully. Ive visited Christian schools and have seen the same idolatry seen in public schools. Every parent needs to have guidance from the Holy Spirit about where to send their children to school.

    • You’re absolutely right about needing to seek God and the Spirit’s guidance. If a parent is 100% sure God is directing them to send their kids to a public school, then that’s exactly where they should be. My concern is that so many parents don’t realize the dangers that are inherent in the public school system – and unless you ARE sure that’s where God is leading your family it’s a dangerous idea.

    • 1. From my experience when someone makes an “anonymous “ comment, intentions come into questions.
      2. It’s impossible to hear from the Holy Spirit when deep in our heart we have already made up our mind.
      3. So much to say, but will keep my words few.

  • Am very impressed by your efforts to teach christian education and develop christian teachers to our children beginning with parents. keep this spirit please and may God reward you for this Godly project.

  • If we’re ever to recapture our children for Christ, I believe the best opportunity to do so will come through the Christian School. 7 hours a day, 180 days a year, and approximately 16,000 hours is the amount of time we’re given from Kindergarten through High School to prepare a child to become the individual God created them to be. True, some Christian Schools are Christian in name only, but when you have a true Christian School providing not only spiritual direction, but academic excellence that includes a thorough knowledge of apologetics…..you have a generation of children likely to become the leaders this nation so desperately is in need of. Lastly, there’s got to be a way to fund Christian education so that ANY and every child can receive such an education without cost to the child’s family. Were we to make this happen, probably the greatest percentage of America’s children would then be receiving their education from a Christian school. Can you imagine the impact such a scenario would have upon our communities?

  • I think it is essential to teach a Christ centered corriculam. One that engages both the head and the heart.

  • I too am passionate about Christian Schooling. My challenge is for Christian Schools to promote what we stand for and not what we stand against. I look forward to seeing not just the reason to stay away from State schools but the reasons for going to Christian Schools made clear.
    Keep up the good work.

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