The Educated Christian

–Summer of 2009

The Educated Christian

I hear the question every year.  “My son or daughter has been accepted into a big state university with a full scholarship how can I afford not to take it?”  Even while they ask it, their face gives away their fears of the secular peer pressure, liberal teaching, and immoral influences that are sure to impact their child.  But the institutional prestige, the cost savings and the career possibilities are just too alluring so the majority of Christian parents will make a decision that will cause 52% of their Christian young people to loose their faith forever!

The average state university faculty will be a colorful mix of lesbians, evolutionists, pro-abortionist and humanistic teachers who have a high tolerance for anything but fundamental Christianity and will use their professorial trust and well-honed arguments to effectively brainwash the minds of teenagers who are not fully mature – spiritually or mentally.

But isn’t education neutral?  No!  Institutions and educators have a philosophy that drives what they do and teach.  Secular humanism that extols the goodness of man and denies the existence of God is the driving force behind most state and private universities.  Christian colleges have an educational philosophy that drives what they do and teach as well. It too is not neutral. They seek to develop in their students a deep love for God and a desire to serve others with an education that has a strong Biblical worldview.

God’s Bible School and College has always had an educational philosophy that was distinctly Christian.  A few years ago, Dr. Ken Farmer and I were sitting before the Higher Learning Commission answering questions about God’s Bible School and College. They asked us this question. “How would you define an educated person?”  A thoughtful response to that has now become how God’s Bible School and College views an Educated Christian.  The full statement is as follows:

An educated Christian is a faithful servant whose knowledge, values and skills center in. . . .

 1. Loving God: Knowledgeably, personally loves God and His truth, manifestingthis love by living according to biblical precept.

This attribute may be made apparent in the following ways. The educated Christian:

  • Understands and loves the Bible, applying it by allowing it to shape his/her   worldview;
  •  Demonstrates ability to talk intelligently about God and His working in his/her life;
  • Understands loving God, applying this understanding in all relational interactions;
  • Possesses a substantive grasp of orthodox theology.

 2. Loving Others: Lives out love for God in loving others, manifesting this love in compassionate service.

This attribute may be made apparent in the following ways. The educated Christian:

  • Understands how to love others and contribute to their lives;
  • Develops and uses spiritual gifts, especially in discipling and mentoring others;
  • Participates in Christian service, indicating a biblical ministry philosophy and passion;
  • Engages his/her community through civic involvement;
  • Understands interpersonal relationship skills, demonstrating this understanding through mature, gracious and professional interaction with others;
  • Understands the importance of cooperation and works well with others.

 3. Loving Learning: From a basic general knowledge and through a Christian worldview, eagerly acquires, applies, and communicates knowledge.

 This attribute may be made apparent in the following ways. The educated Christian:

  •  Demonstrates critical, logical thinking ability, including the ability to differentiate between uncompromisable absolutes and peripheral matters;
  • Possesses a biblical worldview and underlies and informs engagement with knowledge;
  • Possesses a broad-based general knowledge, including understanding of and appreciation for the fine arts, literature, history, science, math, and current events;
  • Possesses a deeper knowledge in his/her selected field of study;
  • Communicates effectively in speech and writing;
  • Seeks knowledge eagerly, committed to a lifelong pursuit of personal development.

 Pastors and parents are the most influential people in advising young men and women on the college they should attend.  It is my prayer that neither group will take that job lightly.  The choice that is made may well determine not only their future vocation but their eternal destiny!

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