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Before a civilian can become a US soldier, they must complete Basic Combat Training, a ten-week course teaching concepts such as teamwork, survival skills, and combat techniques.
We would never think to send untrained men and women into battle, but how often do we, as Christian parents, send our untrained children into the world unprepared?
Before I get into it, I want to be clear about my stance. I am unapologetically pro-Christian education. I was before I started working at Eastern Christian School and my husband and I made the decision to send our boys. Now that I’m an employee, this passion has only grown.
Here’s 3 reasons why:
In Ephesians 6, Christians are commanded to put on the full armor of God because we must stand against the devil (6:11). We have a very real enemy in this world, and as a parent, I want to do whatever I can to train my children so that they can persevere through trials, temptations and struggles. We know from James 4:7 that when we resist the devil, he will flee. Christian school is a training ground, equipping my children to recognize their armor, put on their armor, and stand firm throughout their lives.
My children and I pull out of the driveway at 7:30 a.m. I don’t see them again until about 3:30 p.m. That’s eight hours. Eight hours a day, five days a week, 180 days of the year. Have you ever considered the influence a teacher yields in those eight hours? Have you ever considered how faith—or lack thereof—shapes every aspect of a person’s thinking and teaching? Do you really want your child learning science from a teacher who doesn’t believe the world was created by a living God? Or health from someone who doesn’t see the body as a temple? Or English from someone who doesn’t consider the depravity of man and the biblical concept of redemption as they look at characters in literature? To be honest, I really don’t. As a teacher, I know that Christian school is not just about the insertion of a Bible class. I know how much shaping occurs in conversation in the classroom, no matter the subject. As a parent, I’m commissioned to train a child in the way they should go. And I feel that if I sent them to a school that doesn’t share my passion for Christ and my moral compass, I risk handing them over to an enemy training camp. I am unwilling to do this.
As publications director here at EC, I’ve had the unique opportunity to interview alumni. Our alumni are serving around the world in jobs ranging from business executives to doctors to missionaries. It’s a reminder that far too soon, my child—and your child—will leave this nurturing place. They will become adults. They will have their own worldview, their own passions, and their own sphere of influence. And I hope and pray that not only will they be equipped to stand against the enemy of our faith, but they’ll also be determined to gain ground for the Lord, no matter their profession. It is so refreshing to know they are in a school where their teachers are hoping, praying and working toward the same thing.
So is Christian education worth the expense? Yes. It’s an eternal investment—not a monthly bill.
Onward Christian soldiers!