You would probably think that a website for a Christian school would have an article listing all of the reasons that you SHOULD send your child to a Christian school. Here are some reasons that my friend noticed that people often give for NOT sending their children to a Christian school:
- “I don’t want to shelter my child from the world so much that he dives into the world after graduation.”
The logic usually goes something like this: “I’m not going to send my child to the Christian school because all they are going to do is study the Bible, learn about Jesus, and as a result will be completely sheltered from the world. How will they adjust to the ‘real world?’ Once they get out of that Christian school, they will probably go straight to the devil!”
In the day and age we live in it is nearly next to impossible to shelter a child from the world. Instead, we should praise the Lord for as much shelter our children have from the world that we can possibly give them.
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
In Christian schools, we teach all the core subjects that a child would receive at a public school but we teach them from the foundation of the authority of God’s Word. Our goal is to disciple children, grounding them in a thoroughly Christian worldview, equipping them with spiritual discipline, a love for God, and the assurance that Christianity is right.
- “I can’t afford to send my child to a Christian school.”
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3
Children are a gift from God and it should be our desire to steward that gift. So, I would like to say, instead, you can’t afford NOT to send your children to the Christian school. We live at a time when parents can afford almost anything that they want to afford. Often it is not a matter of being able to afford it but merely a matter of getting their priorities straightened out. The cause of Christ and the Christian training of our children are the greatest priorities!
Yes, sending a child or children to a Christian school is a sacrifice. But, it is also an investment. It is an investment in something that will last for all eternity – our children. And, it is an investment in someone that will make a difference for all eternity! As far as tuition goes, ours is one of the lowest in the area. And remember the old adage: Christian education does not cost; it only pays.
- “My child won’t have the benefits of public school facilities and programs.”
You are absolutely right. There are many “benefits” which we do not have that public schools can offer and that many private schools can offer. However, there are also many other things which we do not have.
We don’t have God-denying teachers.
We don’t have textbooks that teach a humanistic, socialistic, communistic philosophy.
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:21, 25
- “My child doesn’t want to attend the Christian school.”
The response to this should be self-evident. God has commanded parents, “Train up a child in the way he should go…” (Proverbs 22:6) It’s not the child’s decision; it is the parent’s decision.
- “My child has a Christian teacher in the public school.”
Yes, there are some Christian teachers in the public schools. There are some godly teachers in the public schools. But can they give your child a Christian education? No! The reason frankly, is because it is against the law. A Christian teacher you may have, but a Christian education you will not receive. The public schools – regardless of the teachers – can offer only one brand of education, and that is their own godless, humanistic approach to life.
- “Public school was good enough for me – it will be good enough for my child.”
To that I will simply say that public schools have changed. Some of you who attended public school can remember having your teacher lead in prayer at the beginning of the school day and reading the Bible in class. That is no longer the case! And, it’s not been that way for a very long time! The worldview, philosophy, priorities, and morals of the public school are not God-honoring.
- “We as Christians shouldn’t abandon the public schools.”
Some think that if we take our Christian young people out of the public schools, we will no longer have missionaries in the public schools. After all, they reason, aren’t we supposed to be “the salt of the earth?” The Bible tells me that I am to train up my children in the way they should go. The public school is not helping me train my children. Actually, they are tearing down almost everything that I am trying to build up in my home and my church. I also don’t buy into this idea of having our children in the public schools as missionaries. You wouldn’t take a third or fourth grade child and send him to Africa or South America?!?! You must first train that child even as you would train a missionary. How can they become an effective missionary when they are being trained in a worldly atmosphere, in the world’s philosophy, using the world’s textbooks, taught by the world’s teachers?
Parents, I urge you to give Christian education a serious and prayerful priority. For those of you not in that stage of parenting, I would ask that you do several things:
- Pray daily for full enrollment in our school for the 2017-2018 school year.
- Pray daily for our teachers.
- Tell others about our school. Use the information contained in this article to be able to answer their questions and possible opposition to placing their children in our Christian school.