The next generation
We often meet home schoolers who are the home schooled children of the previous generation, which makes Light Educational Ministries a generational ministry! That is significant for at least two reasons. Firstly, we have been doing this work for so long that our original team members are now well past retirement age. We are still going strong although our aging will mean a change in the focus and direction of the ministry in the years to come. Secondly, the ethical and spiritual climate of our nation has changed so dramatically in that generation that our ministry is relevant to a declining support base.
Although we are older, our enthusiasm for godly education is not dimmed nor diminished. But we do note that the time of pioneering in Christian education seems to have passed and the fruit is not what we expected. Our nation has been overrun with humanism and its fruits are not to be commended.
Unfortunately, much of what passes as Christian education today seems to have more in common with humanism than Christianity. Step by step, governments have tightened educational requirements to reflect their own faith of humanism — and it has become increasingly difficult for both Christians in schools and home educators to be faithful to a vision for Christian education.
That is not to discourage Christian educators but to encourage them to redouble their efforts to retain their uniquely Christian expression in education. If Australia does not take a different direction quite quickly there is not much hope for a free and godly future. It is thus more important than ever that Christian educators provide a biblical alternative to the world system that is leading us as a nation to judgment. All that stands in its path is the Christian church and its faithful members who are living their faith day by day. We at LEM are committed to assist where we are able, to see godly parents raise godly offspring for the glory of God.
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