Why Christian Education?
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!" – Psalm 111:10
The understanding of Christian education is the understanding that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. “God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—reveals Himself in His Word and in His World and in His Word. He is the Sovereign Lord of History, the Author and Revealer of Truth, the Creator, Sustainer and Consummator of life. Without Christ pre-eminent in all things, life is meaningless and education is misdirected. Christian education is based on God’s Word because the God of the Bible is the basis for understanding all subjects. We understand the sciences more completely by recognizing that they are a tool for describing God’s handiwork in creation. We appreciate math for its ability to define and describe the myriad of processes that take place as the Lord God directs and sustains our world with His sovereign hand. We see history as ultimately ordered by God’s plan of salvation and affected by man’s sinful nature. By examining every subject in the light of God’s Word, students learn to formulate their own Christian worldview.
Christian parents are responsible for training their children in the fear of the Lord. As parents, we ensure a healthy diet and exercise for their physical well-being, but what we feed their minds and souls also has immense consequences. Besides the obvious benefits—academic excellence, nurturing environment, Christ-centered community—there is one overarching reason to choose Christian education: to train your child to think Christianly, and thus live Christianly. In so doing, they will learn to love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.
There are many benefits to Christian schooling, including an excellent education, Christian teachers and families, and a positive Christian environment. But the primary reason for parents to send their children to a Christian school is to train them to think “Christianly”– to gain the mind of Christ—and in so doing, to love the Lord God with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. When we train our children’s minds, we affect how they think and thus how they live.
Christian education has been criticized as sheltering children from the “real” world, but that is not the case. Rather, it provides training for young minds to make wise choices in their lives. It also provides a Scriptural perspective so students can understand and analyze the world through the lens of God’s Word, the ultimate Truth. Our hope and prayer is that our children will grow in the love of the Lord and will gain the mind of Christ. In so doing, they will be equipped for works of service in God’s kingdom. Christian education is an eternal investment!