“I’m checking out the options.”
Every parochial school administrator has likely heard these words. Parents sometimes become dissatisfied with their child’s current school. When this happens, they explore the options.
However, Christian education is not just an option. It is true education. God gives us two reasons for this.
First, God commands parents to train their children in his Word. He says, “Impress [my commands and promises] on your children” (Deuteronomy 6:7). The psalmist adds, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,…which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children…and they in turn would tell their children” (Psalm 78:4-6). Christian education is God’s directive to parents. In addition to what they teach in their homes, many parents use Christian schools to reinforce the message. It is their joy to provide this opportunity for their children.
Secondly, God promises to bless his Word. Christian schools employ the Word of God in every possible situation. Students in Christian schools are immersed in Scripture from “bell to bell.” They are continuously exposed to the blessings of God’s Word in school. Isaiah writes, “[My Word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). Our Savior also attests that his Word is “full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63).
Most education trains only the mind and body. Christian education also does this by first reaching the heart. God’s Word has the power to effect true change in all learners for now and eternity.
Christian education is not just an option. It is true education.
Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org