We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Christians in Public School, Part 3

I realize that the topic of Christians attending the public schools is a very sensitive and controversial subject. I have heard plausible arguments–both pro and con–on the subject. Some Christian parents view the public school as a training ground for evangelism. Some view public education as the best way to prepare their children to live within the culture. Some believe it is better preparation for college.

However, government run schools, with their evolutionary and humanistic philosophy, have an agenda. I was one of their teachers. From sexual perversions in the name of “free thinking,” to pro-abortion ideas, to a “progressive” worldview, government schools are predominantly opposed to a Christian worldview.

Believing that one’s home life can counterbalance the influence of a public school education seems illogical to me. An oak tree that stands in the wind for thirty hours a week will eventually bend and grow crooked. Though I do believe that God can miraculously protect a child from these influences as he did with Daniel of old, the real argument is whether or not we are following God’s design for the education of our children.

If we look into the history of our schools and colleges, they were built upon Christian principles. Even Harvard once stood upon the foundation of the Word of God. During this time parents and teachers worked together to raise up statesmen and godly citizens who in turn would provide a positive influence upon society.

Whichever educational environment you have chosen for your children, I implore you to watch, pray, and be involved. Know who is teaching your children and what is being taught. Most teachers have an agenda and a worldview from which they will influence your children. If you find that it is contrary to the truths of God’s Word, then it is time to take action, and perhaps plot another course.

Regardless of your school of choice, there are two books every child and teen must read. Children under 10 should read Challenge at Runaway Brook; teens must read Hand on the Bridle. I believe the themes found within these books–overcoming stubbornness and peer pressure–are essential for children and teens today.

Published in: on May 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm  Comments (1)