This post is about the grand caveat of teaching…the prestigious admonition…the big forewarning…that verse which should be on the mind of all Teachers: “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” (James 3:1)
This passage is not to discourage Teachers, but to warn them of the seriousness of teaching “sound doctrine”. (It is my opinion, that if the judgment will be stricter on Teachers, then the rewards will be greater as well for those that pass the judgment positively.) James goes on in the subsequent verses in the passage to say that your words are so important they must be of sound quality.
This reminds me of the line in the movie “Spiderman”, where Peter’s Uncle says to him “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Just as the power Peter had when he became Spiderman, Teachers also have great power. The power to train and shape minds and lives. That is a HUGE responsibility, one that is given to Teachers, and one that Teachers will be held accountable to parents, and to God, for the quality and soundness of their teaching.
This aforementioned power is given to Teachers by God. This passage comes to mind, and seems to apply here: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) Teachers have a responsibility to God to be correct in their teaching, and to use any and all tools necessary to do the job. So just as a good mechanic has the proper tools to work on cars correctly, and knows how to accurately use those tools, God can give Teachers the tools to teach, if they learn them and learn how to use them.
Sound Christian schools employ teachers that enthusiastically gain and use the tools required to teach effectively.
God does not require perfection, but He does require us to try to try our absolute best to attain it. Teachers should pray for perfection in biblical accuracy and truth for use in the subjects they teach. Then teachers should give all due effort to research, learning, and application of the biblical truth. God will honor your desire for truth and your 100% efforts to discover the truth and relay it to your students.
In a wonderful Christian movie called “Time Changer”, (a Rich Christiano film, which I highly recommend seeing) one of my favorite lines is where the main character played by D. David Morin is speaking to a class of high school kids and he says “If science and the Bible disagree, then science is wrong.” That may be a controversial statement to some, but the premise should be paramount in the thinking of Christian school teachers. Teachers should ask “what does the Bible say about _______”, and set out to find the answer. If you are a teacher, and you do, I think you will be surprised at what you find. God’s word is awesome; let Him speak to you and your students through it.
In John chapter 17 Jesus prayed for all of us believers. I would encourage all teachers to read His prayer and see what part of that prayer you can actively do in the lives of your students. Notice in verse 17 where Jesus prayed to the Father: “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Teachers should endeavor to be an obedient servant of God as He works through you to sanctify students with God’s truth.
Sound Christian school teachers endeavor to give 100% of effort to attain biblical accurate truth, and to relate that truth effectively to their students in all scholastic subjects.