Thursday, July 18, 2019

Why Choose a Christian School for Your Child's Education?

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world and not according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8

By this you know the Spirit of God:  every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.  I John 4:2-3

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual person judges all things but is himself to be judged by no one.  For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ.  I Corinthians 2:14-16

If you read and comprehend these passages of scripture, they will give you some insight into the difference between an education you get in the public school system and one that you would get in a Christian school.  There is a difference, a major one to be exact, in the educational philosophy between a Christian school which operates under a philosophy of education directed by the Bible and that of the public school system which, because of a position of "religious neutrality," cannot teach its students that their faith in God is what undergirds all of the knowledge and skills they learn in school.  It makes a major difference in the philosophy of education applied by the school where your children attend. 

The public education system operates under a philosophy of "religious neutrality," meaning that it does not endorse or favor any religious belief and does not include the teaching of any religion in its course objectives.  The intellectual vacuum that happens when faith is not included along side basic instruction in essential knowledge and skills has a tendency to undermine it, deferring to the belief that human intellect, rather than God, is the highest form of intelligence in the universe and that we can achieve our own salvation through education. 

The result of the influence of this secular philosophy of education in America's schools, over time, has been that young people are leaving the church in increasing numbers once they are supporting themselves and no longer living at home under their parents' influence.  The church engages most of its membership for an hour or two each week, at the most, four or five hours, while children are in their public school classroom up to 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.  School is where they do most of their social interaction as well, and where they are influenced by peers and by teachers who have been trained to instruct in accordance with a secular, humanist philosophical approach. 

A Christian school puts instruction in the basic principles of the Christian faith in the same classroom and in the same time block as it does the essential knowledge and skills of an academic education.  Biblical truth is integrated into each subject area and a connection is made for students from the knowledge they gain in every core subject to a Biblical worldview in an applicable manner.  The process of education becomes one in which students discover and apply the revealed knowledge of God in a spiritual understanding, as I Cornithians 2:14-16, cited above, states instead of one in which knowledge is a product of the human intellect.  Does it make a difference?  Yes, it does.  There are never any spiritual guarantees, but the fact of the matter is that children who receive the major part of their education in a Christian school are far less likely to leave the church when they are older than children who do not attend a Christian school. 

So the main reason for choosing a Christian school for your child is that your Christian faith is a commitment which is important to you and you want to do your best in passing that along to your children.  

There are other good reasons.

There is an agenda in the public school system build around social education.  Either out of necessity, or because it is a means of influencing the culture, the public schools have picked up the responsibility for educating children on social issues.  The subject matter includes everything from human sexuality to family relationships and everything in between.  Obviously, when Christian faith is left out of the content of these issues, the outcome is much different than it would be if a child's social education is connected to a Biblical world view.  Moral values are defined much differently from a perspective in which "having the mind of Christ" is not even a simple consideration. 

In a Christian school environment, social issues are defined by the Bible.  Human sexuality is taught within the context of Jesus' definition of marriage and family order.  Human life is valued because it is created in the image of God, not because it has evolved through experience.  Self-respect and self-worth are concepts coming from Biblical teaching and children are taught to aim for a goal of personal maturity that exhibits an understanding of who Jesus was and what he did for us.  God comes first and the value of other human life teaches that being Christian is the opposite of selfishness.  In the public education system, the emphasis is on self. 

It does require a sacrifice to send your children to Christian school.  Financially, the expense of the school's operation is shared by all of the parents who choose to send their children there.  But remember, the staff of most Christian schools are making an equal sacrifice, working for lower salaries and less compensation than their public school counterparts in order to make it possible for you to consider. 

Midwestern Christian Academy has been offering a high quality, academically excellent, distinctively Christian education to students for over 65 years.  Our teachers, all with degrees in their teaching field and certification required by accreditation standards, add the element of agape love for their students and a personal desire to see them succeed.  The results that our students achieve on the academic level exceed those of the public education system and put students well ahead on the road to educational achievement.  And we offer a safe environment, small class sizes and caring teachers on every grade level.  Check us our and you will see that we have an excellent school.