Over at Whirled Views, Dan Burrell has been doing a small series of posts on Christian Education. I appreciate what Dan has said and the spirit in which he has said it. I felt compelled to leave a comment on one of the posts:
I will always have an appreciation for Christian education and the solid foundation that it has provided me in my life. I am thankful for my later mother’s insistence that I be placed in a Christian school. It was at the Christian school that I first heard about the Bible, Jesus Christ and the Gospel. I trusted Christ as a result of the influence of a good friend (1987). I had been in the school for six years before I was converted and my life has never been the same since that point!
I am also a strong advocate of open enrollment. If the school I attended was not an open enrollment school, who knows where I would be today? I resent the closed enrollment position because it makes Christian education exclusive only to certain families, rather than being inclusive and taking a risk and reaching people with the Gospel.
I am thankful that I was reached, and eventually my mother was reached for Christ, she has been in heaven now for two years. When she died, she left some money (a small amount ) to be used for my son’s education. I have invested that money and when my son is school-aged, he will be able to attend a Christian school because of my mother’s gift.
As you have probably already concluded that I am very passionate regarding Christian education and its availability to those who are willing to pay for it. I am thankful for a school that was an open-enrollment school that had standards, rules, etc., but they have a burden to reach people with the gospel of Christ and to provide not just a good education, but a quality education!
I believe so much in Christian education, that I am starting a new seminary semester on Tuesday. I graduated from a Christian High school, earned a Bachelor’s Degree from a Baptist College, and recently earned a Masters Degree in Theology from a Baptist Seminary.
I would be interested to hear from those who reject open enrollment and advocate a “closed school” position. Enlighten me!
Is is right for Christian education only to be available for children of Christian families?? If you take that position, then why isn’t the Gospel as exclusive? Something to think about