If you have been around any length of time, you have heard people say we just need to educate people. Whenever there is an emergency or a situation that appears chronic, the world’s solution is more education. The drug problem, the Aids issue, the shooting problems – all cause the world to say we just need more education. When listening to the leaders of the educational system, they will constantly say we need more money. My question is how much more do you need to address all of the issues. Secular education will not change the heart.
Education is important, and the underlying philosophy of education is of utmost importance. When the world sees mankind as the answer to his own problems, we have a problem. Mankind is sinful and has difficulty in resolving issues that stem from within. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer. 17:9) Whenever we attempt to solve problems apart from God and His Word, we will arrive at wrong conclusions. The answer to life’s issues is not more education, but what does God have to say about the human heart and how to address it.
Christian education must have strong academics but should never depart from the teaching of Scripture. English and math are important subjects but without direction or application, they are just information to gather. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:10)
The world will continue to wax worse and worse depending upon its own wisdom. Morality and absolutes are never determined by the majority opinion but from a standard, God’s Word. When our country was formed, the founders understood and relied upon God’s Word to establish laws and government. The further we get from those foundations, the more we rely upon man’s wisdom and reasoning to answer life’s problems. Education founded upon God’s Word is essential to a healthy person and a healthy nation.