The foundational call for Christian educators is to establish a biblical world view, to enable them to reinterpret all their disciplines. By that I mean to place Christ, as the author, at the centre of each discipline of learning. Paul encapsulates this in Colossians when he makes the powerful statement, ‘…and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (Colossians 2:2b-3).
Ponder those words. It is in Christ, that is, in the revelation of Him, we will find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Understanding what that means will lead us to begin to reinterpret all disciplines.
The humanist faith concludes that language is the creation of man, that man created mathematical knowledge, that science just happened (an evolutionary hypothesis), and that history is pointless (because without God there is no point to anything). If they are taught from such a godless humanistic perspective, invariably children are presented with hopelessness in this world, in which ultimately there is no goal to pursue and no purpose in living as we are but a small part of an elaborate accident.
But, for the Christian, this is a world created and sustained by God for His glory. We serve a God who gave language as a gift for our communication with Him and one another. He gave us maths as a language that describes the function of His creation, He created science for us to take dominion over His creation and to use it for His glory, and He gave history that we might learn of His great plan for man - and in the process have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past. Developing these foundational biblical ideas would transform education and the students so powerfully that the whole process of education would glorify God.
I trust we can all aim for that transformation as we continue to educate our children.
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