As Christians, we long to see our children embrace Jesus as their Savior, glorify God thoroughly (Mark 12:30-31), understand biblical truth, and transform the world for the glory of God in His Kingdom on earth. We see parents as accountable before God to raise children to these ends.
Romans 10:14 says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” It is therefore required to educate children about God’s gospel. Furthermore, education should enable the children to be effective “preachers” (in a broad sense) themselves. The question then becomes: what is the most effective way to educate children in the Lord? The choices are secular (e.g. public) schools, home-schooling, and Christian schools.
First, we should embrace home-schooling in that parents must be involved in both declaring truth and demonstrating a redeemed life. From there, it is necessary for parents to draw on external resources to do this effectively. At a minimum, parents utilize books and curriculum they did not write; and to the fullest extent, parents may employ full-time teachers and coaches. Due to the great body of knowledge to impart to children and the great synergies of having subject matter experts teaching groups of students, it is beneficial for parents to delegate some educational execution to a school while never giving up ultimate responsibility.
Comparing the choices of secular and Christian schools, we first must understand and reject the myth of neutrality. Education contains a world-view that is either in line with the Bible or rejects God and His truth. The secular humanistic worldview of public schools is anti-Christian and hostile to the faith. For further study, consider reading Douglas Wilson’s book, Recovering the Lost Tool’s of Learning or watching the film Indoctrination. Secondly, there is inevitable harm of having children in training spend a third of their waking hours in an environment in opposition to Jesus Christ. There are consequences for “walking in the counsel of the wicked” and “sitting in the seat of mockers” (Psalm 1) even if children maintain the central faith.
Our conclusion based on the above logic is to send children to a private, Christian school. At Agape Christi Academy, we value the following characteristics that are expressed in detail in our Mission Statement:
- Christian Education
- Classical Education
- Holistic Education
- Challenging Education
- Joyful Education
- Transforming Education
We hope you will prayerfully consider your choices and see all that Agape Christi has to offer in helping you disciple your children. And of course, we hope you will take the time to submit an application. For a short time, we are waiving the application fee for new students to be of help to you in submitting an application.