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Clarifying the Essential Educational Priorities for our Children: Part 5

April 13, 2015
By John Morrison

The concept of “truth” is taken for granted by many. Yet, according to a number of surveys, more than 70% of Americans who identify themselves with Christianity deny the concept of absolute truth. God and truth are, for a disturbing number of professing Christians, little more than personal preference and “what works for me.”

Yet, when preaching to King Agrippa, the apostle Paul referred to the gospel as “words of truth and rationality”(Acts 26:25). Paul understood that the infinite God had revealed himself personally through his incarnation in Jesus Christ as “the way, the truth, and the life.”

Sadly, for many today, the basis for faith is more about one’s personal experience than understanding that Christianity represents itself as absolute, objective truth. This has huge implications. As Francis Schaeffer asks: “Do I really believe Christianity is truth, or does my Christianity rest only on an experience, an emotion – and when the experience, the emotion, cools, my Christianity collapses?”

I fully appreciate that Christianity must equally be about heart relationship with God and one another. But if we remove or lessen this bedrock emphasis on truth as foundational to faith, then all is lost, and Christianity has no more relevance than any other religious truth-claim in our contemporary culture. And this is a primary reason why so many of our youth walk away from their Christian heritage!

Thus, there can be no higher priority in the education of our children than equipping them with a clear understanding of the Christian truth claims as being “words of truth and rationality.” As the truth, Christianity is the only worldview (philosophy, theology, religion) that consistently explains the reality of our existence without contradicting itself or our human experience. It is only when our young people are equipped with this foundational knowledge along with the critical thinking skills necessary to both understand and defend it, that they will stand for Christ in the context of our militantly secular culture.

Can there be any single educational priority of greater import than this emphasis upon the gospel of Jesus Christ as “the words of truth and rationality?” I think not!  Think of the impact upon the church and our nation if only the larger Christian community would awaken to this reality!

As we think about the future of our school, we in leadership at GCS are committed to working with all our hearts to make this emphasis on founding our young people in an understanding of the gospel truth as our highest educational priority. By the grace of God, we will not be moved away from this priority.

If you would like to respond to this post, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.  

Clarifying the Essential Educational Priorities for our Children: Part 4

April 07, 2015
By John Morrison

Someone asked me recently if I felt the fundamental mission of Grace Christian School is changing with the goal of increasing our enrollment by making our school more user-friendly to our larger community. I appreciated this honest question and answered it along the following lines.

On the one hand, we certainly would like to see the larger Christian community increasingly recognize the Scriptural imperative for Christian education and become more engaged with schools like ours. On the other hand, the idea of compromising our fundamental sense of mission and standards in order to potentially grow our school is certainly not a part of our thinking. I can state emphatically on behalf of our governing board, along with my own sense of vision, that we want the school to be distinctly Christian in every aspect of our program.

Indeed, we cannot overstate the need for our children’s education to be radically rooted in the Christian mindset. The New York Times article cited in my last blog illustrates the devastating impact of secularism upon our youth.  If you have not yet read "Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts," I urge you to do so by clicking here and giving it your thoughtful attention.

The sad fact is that many Christian parents have been more concerned about many of the educational fads and emphases such as extracurricular opportunities, diversity of course offerings, and getting into a good college, etc., that they (we) have minimized the greater priority set forth by Scripture.  While we all desire a well-rounded education for our children, when it comes to their formal education, the greatest of all priorities should be that they learn to think in the context of the Christian worldview and be trained to critically evaluate the diversity of truth claims that are hurled against them by an increasingly secular culture.  Let us give appropriate weight to the apostle Paul’s words written to the early Colossian church: “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).

Thus, as we contemplate the future of GCS, we desire with all of our hearts to operate a quality program that will instill within our students the fundamental values of our Christian faith and the thoughtful reasons we believe them to be true. With God’s help, we will work tirelessly to make GCS an outstanding Christian school that will prepare our young people to stand for Christ in an increasingly secular culture!

If you would like to respond to this post, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

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