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If I Put My Children In Christian School, Will I Be

Sheltering Them From The Real World?

     There's no denying it.  You'll be sheltering them from part of secular society.  But even Christian adults have been instructed to keep the world at arm's length - to be in it but not of it.  How much more should we endeavor to protect our children, most of whom are nowhere near ready to withstand the more sophisticated worldly temptations.


     But make no mistake.  We haven't bought into the common misconception that Christian schools shield children from every temptation

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."  (Romans 12:2)

and all exposure to sin.  This is not only untrue, it's impossible.  Christian schools have the same type of kids non-Christian schools have.  Sinners.  They're all prone to offensive behaviors such as selfishness, anger, and malicious talk.  And no matter where your children attend class, they can hardly escape the worldly influences found in movies, books and television.


     The difference in the Christian school is that it can apply the Bible to every instance of sinful thought or action, and with God's help, renew the mind of the child.  By doing so, Christians schools have a better chance of helping parents produce adults who have been trained in the fine art of godly living and thinking.  And when they finally enter the "real" real world, they'll be much more equipped to handle it.


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Big Ideas to Consider:

1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk in darkness educate children of light. It doesn't fit.

2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into secular and sacred.

3. All truth is God's truth, and God's Word sheds light on our path. Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on possibilities but on certainties found in God's Word.

4. Deuteronomy 6 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a godly education 24/7.

5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the church and the school. Children are served best when all three institutions point them in the same direction.

6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole child -- social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual -- reaches the possibility of excellence.

7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in one's mind before direct engagement of the culture.