Christians in Public Schools – Part 3

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

I realize that the topic of Christians attending the public schools is a very sensitive and controversial subject. I have heard plausible reasons pro and con. Some Christian parents view the public school as a training ground for evangelism. Some view public education as the best way to prepare their children to live within the culture. Some believe it is better preparation for college.

However, government-run schools, with its evolutionary and humanistic philosophy, have an agenda. I was one of their teachers. From sexual perversions in the name of “free thinking,” pro-abortion and a “progressive” worldview, government schools are predominantly in opposition to a Christian worldview.
Believing that the home can counterbalance the influence of a public school education, to me is illogical. An oak tree that stands in the wind for 30 hours a week will eventually bend and grow crooked. Though I do believe that God can miraculously protect a child from these influences as he did with Daniel of old, the real argument is whether or not we are following God’s design for the education of our children.

If we look into the history of our schools and colleges, they were built upon Christian principles. Even Harvard once stood upon the foundation of the Word of God. During this time parents and teachers worked together to raise up statesmen and godly citizens who in turn would provide a positive influence upon society.

Whichever educational environment you have chosen for your children, I implore you to watch, pray, and be involved. Know who is teaching your children and what is being taught. Most teachers have an agenda and a worldview from which they will influence your children. If you find that it is contrary to the truths of God’s Word, then it is time to take action, and perhaps plot another course.

Regardless of your school of choice, there are two books every child and teen must read: For children under ten, Challenge at Runaway Brook and for teens, Hand on the Bridle. The themes are overcoming stubbornness and peer pressure.

  • Nolan Hicks

    The documentary “Indoctrination” (available on amazon) delves more deeply into this topic. Made by a now-homeschooling dad.