Kingdom Education is defined by Gene Schultz as – A life-long, Bible based, Christ-centered process of leading a child to Christ, building a child up in Christ and equipping a child to serve Christ.
As I reflect on my reading from this book, the comment that echoes in my spirit is our ultimate goal as parents should be to instruct our children in the truth of the Lord and equip them to serve Christ. This is a seven day, 24 hour a week education and it doesn’t happen overnight. It is a process.
I believe one of the staggering statistics of today is about 60% of college students are walking away from their faith.(I am being conservative because I read different findings). Now a percentage of those students will return at some point in their life. This should wake up believers and the corporate church and have them ask the question “what are we missing?”
In Kingdom Education, it reminds us that the church, parents, and school must be working in union to lead and equip children to discover the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a cord of 3 working in unison to provide a foundation. Think about the average student who attends a public school setting. They are in an environment for 40+ hours with curriculum, peers, and sometime teachers that are influencing their belief system with ideas that oppose the truth of God.
When one part of the cord of 3 is not in alignment, it is like a stool that has a missing leg and can’t stand. I like the example of a plumber. We would never send a person without tools, training, and knowledge of what to expect or what could go wrong into a home and ask them to plumb the house. But I do hear all the time parents stating they want their kids to be a the light in a dark world. My question is, do they have the knowledge, the tools, experience, and training to be that light? Those that were called to spread the gospel, were called out and trained by Jesus Himself before ever set loose to be the light of the world.
As I write this my heart isn’t judgmental or assuming that I know what is best for a child, but I do believe the Word of God will educate and lead us to answers.
Is there any guarantees that a child may not walk away from their faith? Absolutely not because God gave us the gift of choice.
What I would propose to you, is at the age of 18 would you rather know you provided your child with every tool, guided them in the truth of God, and educated and equipped to have a strong foundation or leave it to chance.
My encouragement is study God’s Word and discover what He values our children to know and then trust Him with your child’s education. Partner with your church and your education model to work as a cord of 3 to equip them for Life.
Finally remember, God’s promises are true and His word says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”