By Michael W. Lee
Should you send your child to a Christian School? What difference does it make? Is there a Biblical directive to do so?
These questions are some of the questions that Christian families struggle to answer. It is an incredibly important issue. I would like to take a few minutes to address some of the question sin a Q & A format that will hopefully settle the issues in your mind. Our goal is to answer the questions truthfully from the one great source of truth – the Bible.
Q: What does God tell us to do with our children?
- The first part of this answer has to do with the role of the parent. The parent is the God-appointed leader and teacher of a child. This should come as no surprise to everyone including a non-Christian. The overwhelming task of raising a child is in the hands of the parents.
Ps. 127:3– Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.
Eph. 6:4– Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
But teach them what? Clearly, God has a great deal to say about this. And before that question is answered, another must be dealt with: “What or who is important thing or person for the child to know?” The answer is, “God is the most important person for the child to know?” The goal of Christian parents is for their child to know God in a personal way and to know all about God. Nothing could be more important.
With those two simple facts I place as the foundation of our discussion, we can now look at what God has to say more specifically. God says that the education of children and youth is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week process that must take place from birth through maturity. Note the Deuteronomy passage below and the context. God is instructing His people how to live as they prepare to go into the Promised Land. Critical to the life and health of His people is the teaching of the Word of God by parents on a daily basis in every situation.
Deut. 11:18-21– Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hand and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give to your forefathers, as many as the days that the heaven are above the earth.
Proverbs 22:6– Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
As you can see above, the education of children and youth must be based on God’s Word as absolute truth.
Matthew 24:35– Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Psalms 119:89– Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stand firm in the heavens.