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Being on our guard, what type of discipline standards should we expect? First, discipline must not be seen as conformity to policy, but as conformity to Christ. Therefore, we should always do our best to tie discipline standards to biblical standards so that they make sense to the students and families. Second, discipline policies need to be very clearly articulated. School leaders need to plainly outline the expectations regarding student behavior. Finally, discipline should be tied to love. This implies extending grace but also upholding godly standards despite the changing whims of the culture. We should always use discipline to turn our children toward Christ.
Last week I introduced the idea that in order for Covenant Christian School to change and become truly distinctive, it must first start with us, the parents and adults committed to the ministry of CCS.
3) You will hate evil.
If you truly love Him, then you will hate evil. Romans 12:9 says, “Hate evil, cling to what is good.” The scriptures are very direct and uncompromising this.
Do you really hate evil? Do you really despise those things that are not pleasing to Him?
Do you consciously try to avoid those things which you know are wrong?
What about when you’re alone? When no one can see what you are doing or thinking? Do you show God in those moments that you hate evil?
Sometimes we think this way -- “Well, I’ve never murdered anyone, so I’m not evil.” That’s true but what did Christ say about that? He said if you think it in your heart, it’s just the same as doing it.
Are there things you do and you know they are wrong?
Maybe you’ve got an on-going problem with your words, with your attitude, with what you look at, what you read, with a lack of forgiveness… (to name just a few)
Now to be truthful, the battle with evil will be on-going for your entire life. But one thing to remember is this: when you battle sin and lose, do you respond with true remorse?
I John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Do we want to honor God in every way at CCS? Do we want to be used by God to impact our children for all eternity? Do we want to be light to this community? Do we want to be truly distinctive?
2. You will trust Him no matter what.
For me and you, it will always come down to the bottom line…..
In the part 3 of my series, I want to address 2 final objections I have heard from critics of Christian education:
We want our kids to be missionaries. This sounds very noble, but it is unrealistic. By sheer numbers, our Christian kids are going to be unequally yoked with unbelievers in schools that are not Biblically based. Do they have the maturity to really make a difference for Christ in such a powerful secular environment? My daughter was not ready for this kind of pressure as a 15 year old, but she was very prepared when she graduated three years later. Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Let me stress to you again that it all comes down to preparation, when our kids eventually face this oppressive world, how prepared do you want them to be?
“Soldiers are never trained in the enemy camp….”
Finally, there are those who say that they cannot afford this especially over the long haul. This is a valid concern, but at the same time, in my career, I have over and over again seen God provide for families of limited means who truly want a Christian education for their kids. How much are we willing to sacrifice for an education for our kids based upon God’s Word? I’ve seen people limit vacations and make their old cars last a little longer all for the sake of a Christian education for their children. My advice? Take the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. “Do not worry about tomorrow….” Take it one year at a time, even one month at a time. Do not be concerned about how you can afford this a year from now or even several years from now. He will provide if you truly want a Biblical education and are willing to make the sacrifices.
I hope these thoughts have been helpful for you and will give you answers to those who may challenge your decision to send your kids to CCS. We recognize that this is a sacrifice and we sincerely appreciate it. Let me leave you with one final thought: Many people talk about how much a Christian education costs, but to me it’s more important to realize how much a Christian education pays in the lives of our children.
In part two of my series of “Why choose a Christian school,” I want to address some additional objections I have heard over the years from critics of this movement. As stated last time, hopefully this will provide answers that you can give to friends and family who might question your decision to send your kids to CCS.
Christian education may be fine for a few years, but at a certain age it’s best to let children decide for themselves where they want to go to school. I hear this on occasion and while I agree that when children reach a certain age, they should be able to discuss and give input to you in regard to their education. However, it still needs to be a parent decision. If we just let our kids decide, then we are saying that we are letting our immature children choose where they will spend the majority of their day, and who their peers and adult leaders will be each day. Remember, according to scripture, the education of children is a parent responsibility. You must stand before God and give an account of what you did for your kids. When it comes to their education, are you going to say to God that you let your children make this decision?
Attending a Christian school is not necessary; church and a godly home are adequate for the Christian education of children. With this argument, consider the numbers. In a week, kids will spend perhaps around 4-5 hours max in church. They will spend a minimum of 35-40 hours a week in school and additional hours around peers. Are you willing to give up control of that much time in their week? A good Christian school will partner with you, be an extension of your Christian home, and provide continuity in their lifestyle and development of the worldview they will carry as an adult someday.
At Covenant, we are committed to joining with you in producing young people who will be distinctive and make a difference for Jesus Christ in the world as adults.
Students in a Christian school are too sheltered from the world and it’s better to have them face the real world. First of all, anyone that says this obviously doesn’t realize that Christian schools face plenty of “real world” issues. None of us are perfect. On the other hand, I do believe that Christian schools shield kids and honestly, I make no apologies for this. Have you seen the world outside of the Christian school lately? Do you really want your kids being exposed to the world as such a tender age? These days children are already being exposed to way too much adult issues before they are ready. It all comes down to preparation. All of our children will eventually face the “real world”. The question is, “how well prepared do you want your kids to be?”
Christian education is only needed in the elementary grades to provide a foundation. Again, how well prepared do you want your child to be? Do we think that the temptations and peer pressure are going to lessen when they enter junior high or high school? In over 30 years in this business, I have come to even greater convictions about the need for Christian education in the upper grades because it is truly in those secondary education years that students begin to shape their beliefs and decide who they really are. They also develop deeper and more complex relationships with peers, especially members of the opposite sex. During these years of growing independence, who do you want their peers to be? What kind of adult leaders do you want around your teenager for the majority of their day? The foundation we want to build for our kids should be consistent in grades K-12. This is critical for their future as adults.
Next week, I will continue with more answers to common objections. I hope this will equip you with good responses and also give you peace of mind.