Letter: The value of Christian education
I was in attendance on Nov. 7, when Cal Thomas spoke to approximately 800 supporters of Christian education in the Willmar area. Thomas gave an impassioned speech that revealed a deep concern for children being educated in our country today. He m...
I was in attendance on Nov. 7, when Cal Thomas spoke to approximately 800 supporters of Christian education in the Willmar area. Thomas gave an impassioned speech that revealed a deep concern for children being educated in our country today. He made the point that an education with no moral compass is simply inadequate because it doesn't help students answer the most important questions of life. We long to know if there is a reason and a purpose for our existence and if our life has real value.
Thomas went on to say that students begin to answer these questions for themselves when they are taught that they are made in the image of God. This simple yet profound truth is missing in the lives of many today because it is a truth that is all but lost in our culture. For a Christian, there is only one place to find such answers; it is God's very words to us, the Bible.
Many Christian parents feel that the biblical teaching given in church and youth programs is enough. Many feel that these, plus teaching and modeling our faith at home, are adequate. Many others feel that the number of hours and much intellectual development that occurs during the school years make Christian education an important tool in helping our children grasp these truths. It makes sense that if we want our children to see all of life through the lens of God's truth, then history, math, science, language, etc., should all acknowledge the handiwork of God.
Cal Thomas beautifully expressed the sentiment of many in attendance that night. Thankfully, we live in America -- a country where we are still afforded the right to express personal convictions and live them out to the best of our ability. I appreciate living in a community that values the presence of Community Christian School, giving parents a choice in how their children are educated.