In a society where the term “Christian” seems to be losing some of its original meaning, and similarly, where some “Christian” schools seem to be succumbing to pressures to be more like public schools, or compromising principles to gain students or financial support, it is good to evaluate what qualities make up a sound Christian school.
Christians are told in Scripture to shine as lights in the world: “…that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15). And Jesus said “You are light in the world…” (Matthew 5:14-16). This metaphor insinuates that Christians (children of God) should endeavor to be equated with godliness, which is like light shining in darkness. Conversely, worldliness is ungodliness and is equated with darkness. (1 John 2:15, and Ephesians 6:12) Our world is filled with ungodly darkness, and Christian schooling should thus shine brightly when compared to worldly schooling.
But, what does that mean? How do Christian schools shine? What are the differences between Christian and public schooling? Can there be Christian schooling that is worldly? What qualities make up that “light in the world” the Bible talks about? What basis or standard should Christian schools use for their purpose or evaluating their effectiveness? This blog, and upcoming book will answer those questions, give examples, and provide advice on how Christian schooling can be like light in the darkness.
This blog and upcoming book will glean heavily from God’s Word, the Bible, to derive the qualities of sound Christian schooling. Not only listing these qualities, but explaining why they are important and required of a Christian school, as well as how to attain and teach these qualities.
Biblical Christianity uses teaching, and the mind: We are to read the Bible, ponder it, and intellectually apply what we read to our life. To a Christian, this is not optional, but required, and this requirement becomes the reasons and successes of Christian schooling.
Copyright 2012, Kevin Brownlee