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My Child Wants To Play Sports, And The Local

Christian School Has A Weak Athletic Program.

What Should I Do?


     Let's clear one troublesome hurdle right from the start.  Not once does Scripture even hint that athletic competition is sinful or immoral.  You and your children are no more prohibited from playing sports than you are from eating a hamburger.  In fact, the Bible encourages healthy competition.

     Unfortunately, too many Christians presume that once the lawfulness of an activity has been established, they are free to pursue it the same way the world does.  Many Christian parents place their children in secular schools solely because of the athletic program.  For them, the pursuit of sports has taken precedence over the pursuit

"That athletics is far too important to many families is evident in the simple fact that it is used to justify disobedience to God in how our children are educated."

Douglas Wilson

of wisdom.  This is an anti-biblical mindset.

     While we sympathize with parents who want their children to have every opportunity to succeed in athletics, the truth of the matter is that they can participate in sports without attending public schools.  Many Christian schools offer sports programs, as do parks and private leagues.  And for those of you who have particularly gifted children, it may help you to know that college and professional sports rosters are dotted with graduates of Christian schools.  If your kids are good enough, the scouts will find them.


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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.