By Roy W. Lowrie, Jr., Ed.D. (1974)
It is the purpose of the school to provide a sound academic education integrated with a Christian view of God and the world. The Bible is specific in stating the principles which underlie Christian education. St. Paul presented a comprehensive principle when he wrote of Christ, “For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth…And He is before all things and by Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16, 17.) And the writer of the fourth Gospel said, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3.)
There is an important difference between the Christian and the non-Christian viewpoints on a given subject. Even thought knowledge is factually the same for both, no subject can be taught in the totality of its truth if the Creator is ignored or denied. Knowledge is purified by the recognition of God’s place in it. No other approach to education can be entirely God-honoring, for parents and children, as is such an approach through the Scriptures.
Parents of children in the school consider the Word of God clear in making Christian parents responsible for the education of their children; education not limited to the counsels of God revealed in His Word, but also in the counsels of God revealed in His world. These parents want their children to be educated at home and at school with the consciousness that all truth is God’s truth, including history and geography, science, music and the arts, and that Jesus Christ is to be central in all learning and living.
The educational program and the methods of instruction in a Christian school are dependent on a Biblical philosophy to provide the viewpoint, general background truth, and principles for interpreting the facts encountered in the study of any subject. We believe that the concepts of a Christian educational philosophy are these:
- God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the Source of all truth.
- God maintains control over His entire universe.
- Because of sin, man tends to omit God and thus fails to relate himself and his knowledge to God, the Source of all wisdom.
- Regeneration is by faith in Jesus Christ. True meanings and values can be ascertained only in the light of His Person, purpose and work.
- God has revealed Himself in a general way in His world and universe and in a specific way in the Bible.
- The home, the church, and the school should complement each other, promoting the student’s spiritual, academic, social, and physical growth.
- The teacher stands in the place of the parent.
- God has given differing abilities to each student. It is the teacher’s responsibility to challenge each child according to his ability and to seek to teach him at his academic level.
- The Christian is not to be conformed to the world but must recognize his responsibility and his role in life in our democratic society.
- The student’s home, church and school experience and training should be a preparation for life: a life of fellowship with God and service to man.
- The prayer of a righteous person has a powerful effect.
We believe that the objectives of a Christian educational program are these:
- To teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to die for our sin.
- To teach the necessity of being born again by the Spirit of God by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ.
- To teach that growth in the Christian life depends upon fellowship with God through reading the bible, prayer and service.
- To teach that the Bible is the only Word of God. It is practical and important.
- To teach the application of Biblical ethics and standards of morality to every part of life.
- To teach the student to manifest fairness, courtesy, kindness and other Christian graces.
- To stress the urgency of world missions.
- To teach the student to get along with non-Christians and with Christians who hold differing views.
- To relate the various subject matter areas with the truth of the Bible.
- To teach that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and of man.
- To teach the student to apply himself to his work to fulfill his various responsibilities.
- To teach the student to work independently and cooperatively.
- To teach the student to think for himself and to stand up for his personal convictions in the face of pressure.
- To develop the creative skills of the student.
- To develop an appreciation of the fine arts.
- To develop effective communication skills in the student.
- To teach the knowledge and skills required for future study or for occupational competence.
- To develop desire and discretion in wholesome physical and mental recreation.
- To teach our American heritage and the current problems facing our county and the world.
- To show the student his present civic responsibility and to prepare him for adult responsibility as a citizen of heaven and a citizen of our nation.