As Christian school educators, we have been called to serve and lead in a culture like the world has never seen — a culture that seems to have turned the world “upside down.” We experience change in the blink of an eye. With world’s population is exploding. In America, student enrollment will soon exceed the all time high in 1971 when 51.3 million students were enrolled.
Kids have become adults at an early age, overly sophisticated by the entertainment media. Life on TV is their model. The end justifies the means. Many choose not to go to church; the parents may not like it, but they don’t force the issue either. We see unbelievable indifference to cheating, sexual irresponsibility, civic duties and violence.
Some of the results of our seemingly “upside-down world” are growing numbers of children with special learning needs, inner-city kids whose future seems hopeless, families unable to choose Christian schooling, and street kids with no place to call home. Additionally, we confront issues of substance abuse, alternative lifestyles and child criminals
You work with parents whose focus is on career as opposed to spiritual, intellectual or social concerns; devotion to children is reflected in money rather than time; and issues of family life are compounded by divorces, single-parent household, and dual-income households – the traditional family is hardly recognizable.
This is the world in which we have been called to serve. How are we going to prepare and serve in this upside-down world? Are we going to be the well-prepared, assertive educational leaders that God has called us to be so that we can serve students most effectively and in even greater numbers? Or, will we be like the Swiss watchmakers whose tight grip on bearings, gears, and main springs kept them from realizing the potential of the quartz , a discovery that made the watch 1,000 time more accurate, smaller, and battery-powered? Theirs was a stubborn refusal to accept innovation and change that resulted in their becoming nonplayers in the world of watchmaking.
My challenge to Christian school educators is relatively simple. It is a challenge to reflect on the first and second chapters of Daniel, to learn the ways of godly young man who lived in a culture foreign to his upbringing. It was a culture Daniel was not philosophically attuned to nor found acceptable, but was the place God put him – in the captive service of an enemy kin. And Daniel chose to help solve the enemy king’s problems.
Three Principles quickly come to light:
Daniel established credibility with the king thereby making it possible to be heard (Daniel 1:18-20
Daniel employed wisdom and tact which allowed him to be heard (Daniel 2:14).
He offered the king solutions and he was heard (Daniel 2:24).
I Believe that as Christian school educators we have not only been called to serve the body of believers by providing the very best Christian schooling, but also that we have been called to be salt and light – a light in a dark world – instruments of God to bring solutions to the problems of our culture and our world.
By applying Scriptural insights, we truly can make a difference.