It takes a mature Christian parent to understand the “big picture” of parenting/training/schooling their child: God has a purpose for their child, and if the child is, or will become a Christian, it involves spiritual growth, serving Jesus, and ministry to others. Philippians 3:12-14 is about this purpose and goal, and a portion of the passage says: “…I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me…” Christian schooling exists to facilitate or go along side a Christian parent’s training of their child for God’s purposes, so their child may “lay hold” of that purpose . Remember, if God requires you to do something, He will give you the means or tools to obey Him and do it, including the funds or resources for your child’s attendance in a Christian school, or Christian based home schooling.
In his book “Millstones & Stumbling Blocks”, Bradley Heath makes a very good statement concerning Christian parents’ understanding their responsibilities to provide a thoroughly Christian education, and to stick with it: “Within the boundaries of God’s providence, parents must take direct responsibility for their children’s education and ensure that it is thoroughly Christian. All educational decisions should be based on principled obedience to the word of God. It is not enough to recognize and reject the bad fruit of public schooling. We must be proactive, not reactive, or we will do the right things for the wrong reasons. Reactionary decisions lack the staying power and conviction necessary to sacrificially provide our children a thoroughly Christian education. Reactionary parents often return to public school when they find Christian education too hard, inconvenient, or expensive.”[i]
In addition to Heath’s statements for parents’ choosing Christian education, and to not give up on it, he brings up an additional point; one that Jesus was making in the Gospel of John chapter 15 that true Christians will bear fruit. Parents are to provide the best opportunity for children to bear the fruit He was talking about. Christian education is that opportunity, and Christian schools or Christian home schools are responsible to provide such an environment and “growth of the branch” that permits the student to bring forth that fruit.
Copyright 2012 Kevin Brownlee
[i] Millstones & Stumbling Blocks: Understanding Education in Post-Christian America. Bradley Heath. Pg. 109. 2006 Fenestra Books, Tucson, Arizona 85705