The Increasing Importance of Christian Education
I never met one of my mentors. George Walter Hinckley passed away at the age of 98 five years before I was born, but I possess 25 of his books on child-rearing and education. He was a Christian man of great intellect, wisdom, and accomplishment. Milton Hershey, of chocolate candy fame, sought the advice of Mr. Hinckley in founding a substitute home and school for needy boys and girls. G.W. Hinckley wrote that "any educational plan that does not attend to the spiritual natures of children will eventually prove a failure." Is it any wonder that Christianity in America is losing its place in the lives of millions of children and youth who spend more than 30 hours per week in class receiving instruction that is at least void of spiritual content and at most may be contrary to it in philosophy and application? Teacher and student-led prayer and Bible reading played a minor role in tax-funded public education until the 1950's, but is not generally permitted today except in certain schools as a neutral academic subject or around the flag pole once a year. Public education is the only option available for millions of children because of the high cost of private schooling. It behooves all of us to help it be the best it can be. But wouldn't it be wonderful if every child from a Christian home has an opportunity to be a part of a Christian school?
Please pray for Lake Norman Christian School as it seeks to exalt Christ in a way that its students are attracted to Him, and that they discover principles of holy living, seek ways to minister to others, and are saved in the Kingdom of Heaven.