Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Biblical Mandate for Christian School Education

by Ron Livesay

The following is by no means exhaustive but is a listing of some of the Scriptures commonly used in support of Christian school educational philosophy.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1, NASB). The "real world" includes God, since He is the Creator. It is absurd, at best, to construct a world view that leaves Him out.

"And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, NASB). Education is the responsibility of parents, not the government. Parents must be sure their children attend schools which will build up, rather than tear down, that which has been taught in the home and at church.

"...and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (II Timothy 3:15, NASB). Christian teaching must start at an early age.

"Thus says the Lord, 'Do not learn the way of the nations...'" (Jeremiah 10:2, NASB). We are not here on the earth to become a part of the world's system. We are here to bring glory to God and serve Him in whatever way He chooses for us.

"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ" (Colossians 2:8, NASB). There is great danger in exposing the mind to the philosophies of this world.

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