Why Christian Education?

On our homepage, the question is posed boldly, “Why Christian Education?” Why should a parent expend precious dollars in tuition monies to pay for the education of their child when they could receive free schooling at the local government school? The answer to this question can be found in God’s Word. There are many verses that are applicable. The verse discussed here is Psalms 1. In it God gives a clear mandate.

In Ps. 1:1-2 it states, “Blessed are those who do not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mocker, but who delight in the law of the LORD  and meditate on his law day and night.” (NIV)  There is a clear dichotomy – clear separation – of what we are not to be doing and what we are to be doing.  Along those lines, anything that is not for God is against God (Lk 11:23) including the area of education.

In the area of education, any institution that willfully and purposefully seeks to obscure the truth about many the aspects of history, science, morality, and life in general is anti-God. Teaching humanistic philosophy as though it is truth, which it is not, teaching homosexuality as though it is acceptable, which it is not, and teaching history without acknowledging God’s presence and involvement in it, is anti-truth, anti-God. Every Christian parent should question the subjection of their child’s mind to anti-truth at school.  Additionally, what confusion does this create when at the same time parents and the church are working to establish truth in the child’s mind.

The answer to the initial question, “Why Christian Education?” in reference to the Ps. 1:1-2 passage above is clear.  The purveyors of anti-truth are “the wicked and the mockers” that God clearly states have nothing to do with them, but instead we are to associate and commune with people who delight the Lord and in His law day and night – all the time.

It is a God-given mandate that the Christ-follower is to ensure that the education received by their children “delights the Lord and in His law day and night.”  Where is this going to happen except with Christian education? When the Christian parent fully understands this mandate, they will make the sacrifice in dollars and creature comforts to see that they are obedient to God’s Word and that their children receive a Christian education.

At Valley Christian School, we work at have the truth, God’s Word, fully incorporated into all of our subject matter. The mind is a precious thing, and the faculty seeks to use every opportunity to have the truth firmly cemented into the mind. The parent’s efforts at home are complemented by the truth-filled education that their child receives at Valley Christian School.