In 1818, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “If the children . . . are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences, than it would have done, in their correction, by a good education.” In part, that is our goal in Christian Education. Our desire is to prep every student that is enrolled in Christian school for what lies ahead. Their faith will be challenged around every corner. Therefore, we are not meant to be a “safe house”, protecting them from the temptations and struggles of the world around us. Our students will face temptation right here on campus. They will be faced with decisions everyday that will put their faith in to action. As I have come to learn and teach, it is just as difficult to be a Christian on a Christian campus, as it is in the “real” world. People tend to forget that we are still human, sinful nature in tact; everyone has fallen short of the glory of God. What distinguishes us from the public districts, is our availability to preach, teach, and ingrain the Gospel in to our students through the content we teach in the classroom. Every subject is taught from a Christian perspective. In so doing, our students are encouraged to develop a distinct Christian worldview that they can call their own. One that they can “hang their hats on” and not veer from in the declining world that surrounds us.
Our world is hurting. Our societies have been infected with the teachings of selfish, humanistic viewpoints; the “what’s in it for me” mentality. Every moment, our students are pressured to succumb to the pleasures of what the world has to offer, through the media of television, music, games, and the ever-so-popular, social networking sites, computers, and cell phones. So, how do we stop this? We don’t. God’s Word declares that this world will come to an end. It’s not going to get better. It’s going to continue to decline until that special moment when our Savior rescues us in to eternal glory! Amen. With that in mind, our role as an educational institution is immensely important. As a part of this institution, we need you. Our community of believers is crucial to the success of what we do. We need prayer warriors! We need 24 hours of prayer that covers our students, teachers, staff, and administrators. Will you do that for us?
God bless you!!