What is Education?
Education is Christ centered. Colossians 1:16 and 17 gives us the foundation for this truth. Speaking of Christ, it says:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
All things were created through him and for him. Not only that, he’s actively holding it all together! He’s the one that makes quantum physics work, and keeps history running and interesting, he’s the one that thought up the double helix, he’s the one that wanted to give us a hint of what he was like, so he created math and numbers that just go on for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever. All of it was created for and through him!
Because of this truth, our goal at St. Abe’s is to approach each subject assuming Christ is at the center. Slapping chapel into the curriculum is not sufficient. Baptizing secular textbooks with a scripture reading here and there or peppering our day with prayers is not adequate either. To truly reflect the Christocentric reality of world, we must come at each subject from a distinctly Christian viewpoint.
Not teaching this way would be like avoiding teaching kids about the force of gravity. It would not only be unkind to ignore this life defining force in our education, it would give them a warped view of reality. Imagine how alarming it would be to discover your child went to a school that did not teach about this basic scientific principle?
On top of that, if we didn’t teach Christocentrically, something else would assume the center of our education. As in all of the world, education abhors a vacuum. Like we said last week, there are not shortage of “isms” to jump into the center of any education being offered (humanism, Darwinism, Marxism, fascism seem to be among the favorites today). One of Satan’s great triumphs in our own day, is that he has convinced the last few generations that there is such a thing as a religiously neutral education. Nothing could be further from the truth. All schools, private, charter, public, or otherwise teach some sort of religion.
Our mission at St. Abe’s is to come alongside you as you raise your children in the Lord, by offering a discipleship oriented education. At the heart of that education is the fact that Christ is central in all we teach.
We are a safety-saturated culture when it comes to our kids. We have helmets for biking, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding. Seatbelts are not optional anymore, even in shopping carts. Our concern for our kid’s physical safety doesn’t stop with just protecting the outside of their body. Now more than ever, we’re concerned with what our kids eat and drink. We’ve all got opinions on what our kids should be free of and full of. The proliferation of health foods and fads are never ending. By no means are these concerns a bad thing – we are physical beings, and it is good to care for our bodies. But we are not only physical beings. God has given us minds and souls as well. Do we put as much thought, time, energy and money into the academic and spiritual well-being of our children as we do their physical? Between kindergarten and 12th grade, our children will spend some 16,275 hours in a classroom, being influenced by their teachers and classmates. Where are the helmets for the academic dangers they will face during that time? Are there seatbelts to protect their souls from the pressures of their sin and the temptations of the world? Are we as concerned to spare our children from broken bones as we are to spare them from fragmented thinking or a broken soul?
Like it or not, your child is an eternal being. They will exist from now until forever. Their bodies will one day wear out. Their mind and souls will not. There are few things that will influence them more, or prepare them for eternity more, than those 16,000 plus hours spent in their K-12 education. To say the least, how we spend those hours requires great wisdom and care.
Knowledge becomes splintered –
Wonder and beauty of all the connections is lost
Integration – upper hist, lit, and bible, lower hist and lit