Most Important Purpose for Education

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.

Public Praise of Faculty

Here is something I shared with the MCA faculty (PreK through 12) this morning:

Paul sets a good example for us by expressing his appreciation and love for fellow believers and co-laborers.  I know I do not follow his example as I should, so allow me to a few minutes to begin to correct that situation.

 I have had the privilege this week to hear our seniors speak about their faith, knowledge and wisdom gained so far in their journey of life.  I have been richly blessed by the experience.  Their ability to communicate about essential things in life through a biblical worldview and to encourage those that are following them with counsel based on wisdom shared by you, their parents and their pastors has been wonderful to experience. 

 You have had a tremendous impact on their lives and their ability to say and do what they have done this week.  As we learned with the “butterfly effect”, who knows how profound your flapping your wings in their direction will have on the future of this world.  20 years from now, if the Lord tarries, and if we could glimpse into the lives of all of these seniors, or when we stand before God, I firmly believe the most important aspect of what He has called us to do at MCA is to answer the question, “How well did you help your students know God?”  The better we have helped them know God and maximize their abilities, the more profound the impact.

 What I heard from these seniors gives me confidence that God will commend you for a job well done.  Thanks for listening to Him about how you can integrate subject matter into that process of knowing God, and then using all of the creative abilities, passion, intellect and experience to engage your students to know Him and His world.  Saturday, May 21 will be our commissioning of the missionaries you have been training that will go into various different communities and fields of study around the nation.  It is a time of celebrating not only the graduating seniors, but all of you and the tremendous part you have played in equipping and encouraging these student through their life’s journey.

 Serving Jesus together,

Mark