Whom does the Christian school serve? The highest priority within the mission of the Christian school is service to God. We are created in his image and for his pleasure. He desires our obedience. Every aspect of life is worship. In Christian education we seek first to bring glory and honor to his name.
At the same time, there is a second level answer to the question. We believe that God has entrusted the care of his children to parents. God’s instructions to parents are found in his Word. Among the many notable passages are these: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6). “He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children” (Psalm 78:5-6). “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7).
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
~ Psalm 139: 15-16
Two Septembers ago I held little Mustafa, infant son of my Muslim friend Ameen, in my arms. His glistening brown eyes and curly black hair demonstrated the Bedouin heritage of his ancient village of Tekoa. Four months later in Chicago, I was snuggling with Evelyn, our first grandchild, on the day of her birth. I sat in wonderment at how different these two children’s lives would be.
Welcome to Voices 4 Christian Ed. Each week, one of four authors will offer his thoughts on topics of interest to Christian school leadership. Your voice is also welcome here; please comment on these posts so that together we can create conversation on the essential issues facing Christian schools.