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What Sets Christian Education Apart?

Education is the instilling, I'd love to linger there for about five minutes to

why I chose that word but I won't. Education is the instilling of habits of

mind and habits of heart that incline and enable students for the rest of

their lives to do six things: one, observe the world. Everything books, insects,

planets, mountains, politics observe the world carefully. Two, understand what they

have observed clearly. You can see something and it doesn't make any sort of sense at all.

You want to see it for what it really is and then understand it. Three, evaluate what you

have seen and understood fairly. Four, feel that evaluated reality proportionately. A

well-educated person ought not to have strong feelings about insignificant

matters or small feelings about magnificent matters. A proportionate

emotional life. Fifth, apply all those discoveries wisely. And sixth, express

clearly, accurately, creatively, winsomely with your body and with your mouth and

with your writing in the world for the good of the world however you define it.

Since we're not talking about Christianity, yet. I would stand in front

of a thousand educators who don't know Jesus and defend that definition

for education. Now say it again shorter form. Education is the instilling of

habits of mind, habits of heart, that incline and enable students for the rest

of their lives to observe and understand and evaluate and feel and apply and

express reality for the good of the world. Parents should be doing that.

Schools should be doing that. University should be doing that. Churches and

pastors should be doing that. Sunday School teachers should be doing that.

Forums, and societies, and clubs, and seminars, and conferences should be doing

that. Now what would make it Christian? What would you have to change what would

you have to add what would you have to subtract to make that definition of

education Christian? Education as I have just defined it is Christian if it has

four elements to it so you can talk about your parenting your preaching all

of it is pursued in conscious reliance upon the gracious empowering of the Holy

Spirit. Morning till night Christian education is carried out in conscious

reliance upon the gracious empowering of the Holy Spirit. Number two, Jesus Christ

crucified for sinners and risen is trusted as the basis of that empowerment.

Doesn't come out of nowhere. Nobody deserves it. If you're able to rely upon the power

of the Spirit to observe the world rightly he bought it for you. That's a

gracious gift and Christ is underneath it crucified and risen. Number three, you

do all of that for the glory of God in Christ. It's now resting on Jesus in the

power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God. And number four, it's governed by

the authority of the Bible through and through. Those four things would make

education Christian. So, short form, Christian education is the instilling of

habits of mind and heart that incline and enable students for the rest of

their lives to observe and understand and evaluate and feel and apply and

express reality in reliance upon the gracious help of the Spirit of God

purchased by the blood of the risen Christ for the glory of God and the good

of the world all of in accord with God's Word. That's what turns education into

Christian education.