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article imageWhy Christian schools matter: A return to truth Special

By Kelly Jadon     Oct 28, 2013 in World
What is the language, a part of the worldview, your child is bringing home from school? Is it Scripture? Or is it cursing? Is it Scriptural or is it anti-God?
According to the Council for American Private Education, in the 2009-2010 school year, there were 33,366 private schools (25 percent of all U.S. schools).
5.5 million pupils and students attend these schools across the country. 86% of these schools have fewer than 300 students.
Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are obligated to bring their children up in His way—this is their primary obligation. Historically, believing parents have educated their own children or sent them to schools run by the church. Today is no different, with the exception of those who have placed their children in public schools. Christian schools though significantly outpace public education in many ways.
The benefits of private Christian schools are considerable:
• Private schools offer small class sizes, smaller enrollments and lower student/teacher ratios than do public schools.
• Typically, private school students perform more community service, score higher in academic testing, have fewer behavior issues, less drug and alcohol use, and more parental involvement.
• There is less violence (intimidation, bullying, fighting,)in the private school sector and a greater atmosphere of safety. In addition, the Josephson Institute of Ethics found that 10 percent of students in the public schools admitted taking a weapon on to campus versus only five percent of private school students. (Oct, 2010)
• In 2011 and 2010, SAT scores of private school students exceeded those of public school students.
• Beyond 12th grade, former private school students are more likely than their public school counterparts to finish a bachelor’s or an advanced degree by their mid-20s.
Christian schools make a difference in children’s lives, as shown by academic standards, but they also address the spiritual. And this is fundamentally what creates the distinction in children’s lives.
Children taught the Word of God receive positive instruction which nurtures the mind. This is a renewing of the mind with The Word. It is what sets them apart from the public school and gives them productive and peaceful lives.
The Word teaches believers to include its study in all sectors of life or subjects of school.
Above the Cross a sign was placed, reading: (JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS. John 19:19 NASB) It was written in three languages—Hebrew, Latin and Greek. (John 19:20) Hebrew was the language of the Old Testament—The Word of God; Greek was the language of commerce, business and philosophy; Latin was the language of law and government. From this, it is understood to include the study of the Scriptures in all subjects. Christ is to be placed first and primary to other subjects, as He is King.
In a changing world, the view of God is what will keep children safe.
The United States is a country of many opposing worldviews: atheistic, Hindu, Islamic, secular, moral, Buddhist, humanist, socialist, political, among many others. Without Christ, they are all the same: a means to keep people from hearing the Word of God. Worldviews are ways of thinking by an individual or his society which have become a point-of-view. A worldview may include religion, language, philosophy, culture, literature and even politics. These views are usually developed over the course of time and many generations. Children grow up following in this heritage of thinking without even realizing. A worldview helps a growing child define himself and shows him how to interpret the world.
Though parents and extended family are the basis for teaching religion, morals, language, and culture, the Christian school comes alongside to complement the growth.
In the past, the United States public schools had little problem with opposing worldviews, as the country was founded on Biblical beliefs and its schools reflected as much.
History shows:
• 1620 The Pilgrims’ Mayflower Compact: "Having undertaken for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith . . . furtherance of the ends aforesaid." The Pilgrims taught the Bible and the Christian faith to their children.
• 1647 Old Deluder Satan Law; Massachusetts: towns of 50 or more families were required to provide an elementary school, and teachers were expected to teach reading, writing and the Bible. This was the beginning of legislated education which included the Bible—the two were linked. The title comes from the understanding that illiteracy is a tool of satan, keeping people from the knowledge of the Scriptures.
• 1781 Congress approves the purchase of Bibles to be used in schools.
• 1890 Supreme Court rules that America “is a religious people. . . . this is a Christian nation” as such it is fitting that its people would teach their children the Christian faith. (The Trinity Case)
• In 1892 many of our schools were run by churches, but they began to be turned over to the States.
Yet today children are rarely taught that U.S. schools were built upon the Word of God. They do not know that prayer was once spoken within school walls, and reverence given to their Creator; nor do they remember that the Word was once read, memorized and studied. The Ten Commandments have come down, and the word “tolerance” is hailed as god.
Abraham Lincoln, a lawyer, a President, a Christian, spoke these words: "The Philosophy of the school room in one generation . . .will be the Philosophy of Government in the next." The philosophy of public schools is not that of the Christian faith.
Children receive “field trips” to Mosques and Hindu Temples; gay pride groups are represented in homecoming parades, Harry Potter is the character to emulate in creative writing. Yoga is called “exercise,” meditation opens back doors in the mind, reiki has made inroads, and hypnotism is favored by psychology study. Yet now, perhaps three generations have never read the Bible nor heard prayer spoken regularly in school.
Little by little, compromise has effectively opened the back door to the wolf who comes to destroy. God however, comes in the front door by opening the understanding. (John 10:7-12)
The children of Christians are lambs. The lamb is weak, and subject to the stalking of the wolf. They are taught to respect authority. Yet who are the parents putting in authority over their children?
The days of most community – controlled schools are about finished. Parents and grandparents need to realize this. Some of the goals of the National Education Association are those of secularism and outright sin.
“Plans, activities, and programs must . . . increase respect, understanding, acceptance, and sensitivity toward individuals and groups in a diverse society composed of such groups as . . gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender persons . . . . Such plans, activities and programs must . . . encourage all members of the educational community to examine assumptions and prejudices, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, and homophobia.” (B-14 Racism, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identification Discrimination)
Morningside Academy  Port St. Lucie  Florida
Morningside Academy, Port St. Lucie, Florida,
Around the world, Christian minorities place their children in private Christian schools. Whether in Pakistan or Nazareth, Ramallah or Gaza, Japan or Australia—it is a decision of priorities for the sake of the next generation of the church body. Even poor Christian families make a sacrifice for their children’s education.
Without a regular teaching of the Word of God, and a Christian worldview being taught, children grow up confused. Confusion is not of God. (1Cor 14:33)
God created all things, even the subjects which are taught to our children: All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:3 (NASB)
The Apostle Paul, message-bearer to the Gentile world preached in a school:
But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.~Acts 19:9 (NASB)
In John 6:45 Jesus says, “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.” (NASB) Jesus Himself referred to the Word of God. It is written means that the writings must be studied.
He refers to Isaiah 54:13, “All your sons will be taught of the LORD. And the well-being of your sons will be great.” (NASB) It is God Who has undertaken the education of believers and their children.
This is the blessing and promise of God the Father, echoed by His Son, Jesus. It is the daily bread and the right of the children.
The only worldview a child can live by is God’s. It is through his relationship with Jesus Christ that he can build confidence. He must know who he is in Christ and understand what God’s purpose is for his life. This can only come through daily Bible reading and prayer.
Helen Klassen, administrator of Morningside Academy, est. 1987, a K-12 Christian school in Port St. Lucie, Florida, states this: “Our mission is to help children and students find their place and become servant leaders. They will become successful.” Helen Klassen uses the time set before her each year, 180 days or 175,000 minutes to impact these students. She like other Christian teachers and principals has a burden for her students. The students are seen as created in God’s image with His goals for their lives.
Morningside Academy  Port St. Lucie  Florida  2013; Photo Credit: Kelly Jadon
Morningside Academy, Port St. Lucie, Florida, 2013; Photo Credit: Kelly Jadon
What is the language, a part of the worldview, your child is bringing home from school? Is it Scripture? Or is it cursing? Is it Scriptural or is it anti-God?
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks to parents, “God will hold every parent accountable for the decisions we make about our children and the context, as well as the content, of their education.” He cites Deuteronomy 6:1-26 and Ephesians 6:1-4.
Will you bow your head to God and ask Him to make a way and a place for your child in a Christian school?
Schools: Will you not help the widow and the orphan—today’s single mother with children and offer scholarships to the needy?
“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42 (NASB)
Churches: Will you not encourage your congregation to educate their children where Biblical principles are upheld?
There is only one truth, The Word’s, and it is this truth which has never changed, from the beginning until even now. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 (NASB)
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