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GCS Core Values Part 4

December 12, 2017
By John Morrison

‚ÄčIn this last of four blogs featuring our GCS core values, we touch upon a vital dynamic in terms of maximizing our potential effectiveness in impacting our children and youth for Christ. As the above picture suggests, I am convinced that we are headed for some deeply challenging times as our culture rapidly becomes more militantly hostile to our Christian faith and values. In this context, it is only as we increasingly pull together as a like-minded community of parents, grandparents, and larger church family that we will effectively provide our little ones with a distinctly Christian upbringing.

Along these lines, the following and final GCS core value sums up this emphasis:

Covenant Community

We are convinced, in the context of rapidly increasing cultural pressures that are aggressively coming to bear against our Christian faith and values, of the priority of Christian community among parents, school, staff, and, hopefully, the larger Christian community, as vital in achieving our essential mission as a school. [As an educational community], we are committed to doing all possible to encourage such a “covenant community” dynamic among all who are part of this learning community. We (the board of trustees) charge the head of school with continually striving to cultivate such community among all who are associated with the school. We believe much is at stake not only with our young people, but also with the future of the Christian church in North America. We believe Christian education as represented by the school is a core dynamic in effectively furthering the cause of the kingdom of God in the midst of our growing cultural darkness.

I am finding that, seemingly, many Christians are failing to “understand the times” (1 Chron. 12:32) in recognizing how quickly authentic Christianity is being marginalized by the larger society. Popular culture is stealing away the next generation of youth in large numbers because, in part, parents and church leaders are not fully appreciating our need, while being in the world, to not be of the world. Christian parenting is increasingly requiring that we choose a path that is radically different and distinct from that of pop culture.

We who have sounded this alarm over recent years, especially when it comes to the powerful influences of secular education, are considered by many as “alarmists” or “extremists.” But I think it is becoming increasingly obvious that we cannot allow our children and youth to grow up in the midst of our secular culture without radical mentoring and training coming, first and foremost, from parents. But parents cannot do this alone; thus, we appreciate our need to be covenanted together in a radical community of like-minded parents and others, best represented by the local church and schools like GCS, where we can work with one mind and heart to prepare our young people to live for Christ in an increasingly hostile culture.

From my perspective, what I have stated above is not alarmist or exaggerated. This is what we want to discuss in our January parents’ meetings, and this is why we are asking all of our GCS parents to attend one of the three meeting alternatives as scheduled.

May God help us to “understand the times” and our need to act accordingly on behalf of our children! Or, in the words of Jesus: When it is evening, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.” And in the morning, “There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.” Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? These are sobering words relevant to all of us who desire to follow Christ!

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