Evie and I sent our children to Christian school to be exposed to biblical principles during their education, not necessarily to keep them from the ungodly influence of the public schools. But today it is a different story. Every day the news brings accounts of the evil influences in some public schools across the nation. While there certainly are many effective public schools today, there are also secular influences that affect all public schools. Today, for instance, there is an emphasis upon the separation of church, and state and public schools are noticeably separating themselves from all that is Christian. There are political and sexual agendas pushed today almost subliminally if not openly. Dave Branon, in his brief devotional in Our Daily Bread on June 13th, gives three observations while discussing Psalm 1 that could be clearly applied to education:
“First, let’s not let our decisions and choices be controlled by the “counsel of the ungodly.” Second, we shouldn’t put ourselves in a place where those who don’t know Jesus can unduly influence our thought processes. Third, let’s avoid getting comfortable with those who mock God, His Word, and His role in our life so that their thinking seems right to us.”
Should we allow our children’s decisions and choices be controlled by the “counsel of the ungodly?” Are secular school teachers influencing our children’s decisions and choices more than we assume? Should we put our children in a place where those who don’t know Jesus can unduly influence their thought processes? Are our children learning to be comfortable with those who mock God by their ungodly attitudes and actions?
Such considerations are very important when determining the value of Christian education, especially in today’s world. Wouldn’t it be sad if down the road we realized, all too late, that secular and ungodly influences in the public school system molded our children’s lives much more than biblical truth?