In reading Kingdom Education this spring and summer, I just can’t escape what author Glen Schulz says are the 10 Biblical principles that every parent (and school) should use to guide each step of the way in educating our children. He states that the Biblical principles are at the very foundation of what God has called every Christian parent to do.
He says, “The education of children and youth”:
- Is the primary responsibility of parents. Even if parents delegate some areas of their child’s education to others, they are still answerable to God for what and how their children are taught. My pastor 20+ years ago made it a priority to inform parents of their Biblical responsibility to educate their children, and my husband and I never stepped away from that responsibility after hearing it and reading it in God’s Word. Deut. 6:4-9; 11:18-21; Ps. 78:1-7; 127:3; Prov. 22:6; Malachi 2:13-16; Ep. 6:4
- Is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week process that continues from birth till maturity. Deut. 6:7; 11:19; Prov. 22:6
- Must have as its primary goals the salvation of & discipleship of the next generation. Ps. 78:6-7; Matt. 28:19-20
- Must be based on God’s Word as absolute truth. Mat. 24:35; Ps. 119
- Must hold Christ as preeminent in all of life. Colossians 2:3, 6-10
- Must not hinder the spiritual & moral development of the next generation. Mat. 18:6; 19:12-14; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17
- If and when delegated to others by parents, must be done by teachers chosen with utmost care to ensure that they all follow these principles. Ex. 18:21; 1 Sam. 1:27-28; 3:1-10
- Results in the formation of a belief system or worldview that will be patterned after the belief systems or worldviews of the person’s teachers. Luke 6:40
- Must lead to true wisdom by connecting all knowledge to a biblical worldview frame of reference. Rom. 1:20; Ps. 19:1; 104-:24; 136:5; Prov. 4:5, 7; 3:19; 9:10; Jer. 10:12; Rom. 11:33; Luke 11:52; Col. 2:3; 1 Cor. 8:1; 13:8; Rom. 1:28
- Must have a view of the future that includes the eternal perspective. Col. 3:1-2; 3:23-24; Matt. 6:19-20; 2 Tim. 4:6-8; Acts 20:24; Heb. 11:13
I challenge you to carefully consider and study each of the principles and the Scripture related to each, and then to ask God to lead you into a deeper understanding of your role for your children/school. Ask yourself who or what is in control of educating your child at home, in school, at church, in their sports programs, in EVERY area of their lives. Remember that the only time we should not be diligently teaching our child is when they are sleeping. Is Christ and a relationship with Christ the FIRST priority of all of the areas where we are educating our child? Jethro warned Moses to be extremely careful to check the character of the person to whom he would delegate ANY portion of his responsibility; how careful are you? AND if you want a deeper understanding of this concept or you have family and friends that need to realize their Biblical mandate for education, purchase a copy of Kingdom Education and delve in!!