Christian Education Should Be Just That…..Christian

Christian Education is a vital part of Christian life, no matter what generation you find yourself in.  I say this because Christian education by nature is instantly two necessary things the Church needs.

First, Christian education is distinctly, education, whereby a teacher is instructing their students with a certain amount of information they wish to pass on.  Education is a passing of knowledge from teacher to pupil.  The hope of the teacher in investing their life into their pupils is that they become learned in the things their teaching.  The hope of the pupil is that they learn well what the teacher is spending so much time to teach them.  If either of these desires, the teachers or the pupils, is absent, education is seriously wounded.  For if the teacher shows by their teaching a lack of preparedness or a disinterestedness in the subject(s) at hand, the pupil will be taught that this subject does not really matter.  On the other hand, if a pupil is disinterested in learning from the teacher or about a subject, they will never really know the information being passed onto them in a meaningful way.  But if both the teacher and the pupil are aware of the need and gripped by the subject, true teaching can take place.

    Secondly, and of weighty importance, Christian education is distinctly, Christian.  Do not move past this too quickly, it ought to be examined.  “The principles by which believers live are squarely opposed to the principles by which unbelievers live.”  No Christian would deny this because they, as a Christian, know that they have been brought into a new way of existence by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13).  This changes everything for the Christian.  No longer is one walking in the ways of the world, but in the ways of Christ (Rom. 12:1-2).  No longer is one dealing with trifle or glib realities, but in the reality that God is, has always been, and always will be (Ex. 3:14).  No longer is one’s life given meaning and defined by oneself, but rather by a Person outside of themselves who now holds authority, gives meaning to, and defines all things (1 Cor. 6:20, Rom. 1:1).  Whereas the person was at home in this world, they are now aliens and strangers in this world because they are Christians and their home is not here (1 Pet. 1:1).  There are no longer any neutral areas in life, God must be glorified in everything the Christian does (1 Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:17).  Again I say, no Christian would deny these basic truths of the faith.  What does this imply for Christian education?  Simple, it must be Christian.  Too often Christians do “education” in the same manner the world does education.  If we’re Christians, this shouldn’t be.  Whereas believers and unbelievers are governed by two completely different principles, so too, education that is Christian should be just that, Christian.

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