Christian Parenting and Back to School

It’s that time again. Boys and girls everywhere are lamenting that it is time to go back to school. Many parents are celebrating, of course. For Christian parents, this time of year also means its back to discipling time. Christian parents realize that they, not the government, the school, or anyone else bear the responsibility to see to how their children are educated. Scripture makes clear the way Christian parents should educate their children as well. We are called to educate our children in the ways of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm 78:1-7; Ephesians 6:4).

As kids get ready to return to school, Christian parents should remember that public education teaches not just facts, but whole worldviews, culture, and ways of interacting with one another. Public school is designed to be secular in nature and humanistic in outlook. This means there is much that is taught, both formally and informally, that Christian parents must be proactive in guiding their children to understand through a Christian lens. This is true even in the best of public schools filled with mostly Christian teachers and administrators. We have to take our children again and again to the Bible to see how what they learned, experienced, or were exposed to is dealt with in God’s Word. We must not become passive hoping that a little Sunday school will counter what they have learned all week long.

Are you ready to teach your children what God’s word says about some of these important issues?

  • Creation: Where did we come from and why are we here?
  • History: Is history the meaningless story of past events, or His-story revealing God’s working with man in the past? What past events in history really matter?
  • Science: Are we animals evolved over millions of years, or created in God’s image with purpose and design? What is the proper role of science?
  • Morals: Do we define right or wrong or does God? How can our kids guard themselves from the temptations they will inevitably be faced with?
  • Are all religions equally right? Do they all lead to the same place? What is unique about Jesus?
  • Can our children give a rational defense of their beliefs is asked? (1 Peter 3:16)

This year, let’s let back to school time mean back to the Bible time as well, both for us and our children!