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Summary: Christian Education determines the future of a young mind. A child’s up bringing and Christian education will shape a Biblical world view and mind set. The Bible makes it clear that training in the ways of the Lord is essential so that children don’t grow

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A Case for Supporting Christian Schools

Thesis: Christian Education determines the future of a young mind. A child’s up bringing and Christian education will shape a Biblical world view and mind set. The Bible makes it clear that training in the ways of the Lord is essential so that children don’t grow up and forget God and His ways. The result of a nation growing up and forgetting God has catastrophic repercussions. Out future generation needs to have strong Biblical values and morals so this nation will remain “One Nation Under God.”

Scripture Texts:

Deut.6:1-12: “1These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you. 4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

10When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

Introduction:

There is a real entity of the dark side out there battling for your children’s minds and hearts. This force wants to snatch away from you and from your children a blessed future entrenched in God. This entity seeks to kill, steal and destroy not just you but your children and grandchildren. This force is real it’s not imaginary. We are warned about its destructive power from the Bible.

Proverbs 15 gives me sound advice to ponder in our society today:

Proverbs 15:4 states that “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit…the author of this chapter then adds verse 7 “The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of the fools.”

Let me illustrate to you my point with – real life stories:

As I have attended secular schools I have seen the dark force – discriminate, attack, intimidate and belittle Christian students. These students are marked by the force just because they are Christian. They are targeted just because they have a Christian and Biblical value system. I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears how these students are constantly assaulted by the non-Christian professors, teachers and forces of evil. Their goal is undermine Christian morals and values in these students. Their goal is to get students to question their Christian values and then to encourage them to reject these Biblical values as outdated and foolish. The forces of humanism, secularism, and other isms are unleashed on young minds to get them to conform to the image of darkness. They want your children, grandchildren and others young minds to accept the fact that there are no eternal morals or values. They are scolded, ridiculed, intimidated, drilled, and manipulated to develop their own value system and to reject the value system of their parents and their outdated – religious value system.

When I was teaching in one school and pasturing in a neighboring town I had to go confront a dean of students who had told kids from my church they could not hold a Bible Study because of separation of church and state. I went into the dean with my information on my students legal rights and a warning that I would pursue legal means if he did not allow them to have their Bible Study. The American Center for Law and Justice has a great website which reveals the rights of students in public schools and the constitutional right to religious freedom. With information from this website and a serious but nicely said threat I made my case. He backed down and allowed them to have their Study. But this once again shows the attack on Christian students.

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Robert Cravens

commented on Sep 12, 2009

Thanks for including this sermon. We need to revisit this important issue again and again in our churches. Thanks

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