To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Last week I was blessed to be at the graduation for Trinitas Christian School. It was a God honoring, Christ exalting time of worship. The address given by former teacher Justine Hughes was empowering...a call to faithfulness and a declaration of Christ' Lordship. As I sat there I thought of all the hullabaloo in Pace about even being able to mention the name of Christ.
It is no wonder families want the kind of service I was part of to send their children off into the "real world". But this was my next thought. For twelve years those kids have been in an environment that was devoid of Christ in it's curriculum and halls. They have been taught eight hours a day, nine months out of the year that Christianity is what happens in your life on Sunday. Oh, it was okay to practice certain aspects of your religion. The parts that would allow them to benefit from a well behaved student walking their halls but not the aspect that would challenge their authority and irreverence to God.
And suddenly we want to argue about our "right" to thank God? This is not condemnation directed towards the kids who want to publicly share their faith...this is a call of repentance to the parents and community leaders who think that reading, writing and arithmetic is done apart from the glory of God.
It's easy for me to talk isn't it? I homeschooled and now my kids attend the most awesome Christian school in Pensacola. God has seen fit to provide that for our family...not because we are special in some way. But because we were willing to be faithful to his mandate to educate our children according to his way no matter what the cost financially or otherwise. So don't tell me you wish you could do better by your kids but you can't afford it...lack of faith that God will provide a way for your obedience is just that...a lack of faith. Go here and read this...share it with your family, your neighbors, and friends. Be convicted...agree or disagree...but think about what you are doing and the way your are raising and educating your children.