MCA knows what is the most important purpose for education.
If you listen to the world there are many important and world saving purposes for education. In reading an article from the magazine The Renewanation Review (2015, vol. 7, no.2) titled Same Lie, Different Tree, I was reminded of some of the purposes that education has been saddled with solving.
- President George H. Bush claimed that education was the solution for everything, “Think about every problem, every challenge we face. The solution to each stars with education.”
- Teen pregnancy crisis – our nation tried to solve that with “sex education”.
- Alcohol and drug crisis – we turned to “drug education”.
- Defeat ISIS – our recommendation was “to provide these people with a good education so they can have good jobs.”
No doubt the Holy Spirit uses an informed mind and heart to do good and change people. However, when we point to education without God at the center of that process, we are falling prey to the tactic of the slithering serpent in Genesis 3. Do you remember what he told Eve (and Adam…remember he was a silent participant in that exchange)? Satan’s claim was “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Ah, yes, the claim that knowledge will set you free and raise you to an equal of the Supreme Ruler of all things.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “”To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” In studying the Bible, Jesus clearly taught that knowledge is not all that should be gained by a person. In fact, He warned us that knowledge can puff us up (I Cor. 8:1). In all our seeking, what we should seek is God. We want to know Him. If we truly know Him, our lives will be changed with that truth so that we obey His commands and emulate Jesus Christ.
So the next time you are considering what is the most important thing about your child’s education, I trust you will be careful to not fall for Satan’s deceit and reach for the forbidden fruit of worldly knowledge. Rather you will choose to make knowing God the most important thing.
How should that knowledge impact the Academy’s classrooms? We will talk about that soon.