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 Schools, Part 1

Recently a friend of mine decided to send his children to a public school. He views this move as an opportunity to prepare his children for the “real” world as well as an opportunity to be a witness for Christ. Many Christians whom I respect make this same decision. I have listened to their views, but when I look at God’s clear admonitions of how we are to raise our children, I cannot justify a public school education in today’s immoral environment. Yet in my finite understanding of the ways of God, I do not judge my brother for making this decision, but sense the need to at least present an objection.

Old Testament Israel was commanded by God to teach their children when they rose up, as they were walking, and as they were lying down (Deuteronomy 6). God also wanted a separation between his children and the world, so he warned against intermarriages which might cause His children to worship foreign gods.

In the New Testament, God continues to warn against this sort of mixing with the world, using Lot as an illustration of what happens to a family when they get too close to an unbelieving culture. The Apostle Peter writes, “And [God] delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)” (2nd Peter 2:7-8).

Lot was not doing what they did, but just seeing their deeds and hearing their talk on a daily basis was enough to wear him down spiritually. Though I am sure there are a few Christian young people who can maintain their spiritual edge while attending public school, the Scripture is clear that these daily influences are not good for the soul.

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