The Spiritual Emphasis In A Christian Day School -- By: Orris Refsell

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 10:3 (Fall 1967)
Article: The Spiritual Emphasis In A Christian Day School
Author: Orris Refsell

The Spiritual Emphasis In A Christian Day School

Mrs. Orris Refsell

Principal Fourth Baptist Christian Day School, Minneapolis

“Do all to the glory of God” (I Cor. 10:31). “To say nothing about Christ in the school is to say something of fundamental importance: namely, that school children can do perfectly well without Him. This is false teaching and perverted education,” said T. Robert Ingram. False teaching! Perverted education! Not in the Fourth Baptist Christian Day School! We know that school children do need Christ, and our school is centered around Christ and the Word.

But when is Christ mentioned in a Christian school? How is He the center? Do you just add a course in Bible study, and that makes it a Christian school? Let this quote from Christian School Life answer that question. “You ask me why I send my children to the Christian School? Well, now, that’s a good question. I know what you’re thinking. The public schools have just as good facilities and teachers as the Christian schools, and sometimes even better. So why all this fuss and bother setting up a separate school system? Why not teach the children religion at home or in church or Sunday school? But you see, you’ve asked me something that gets right to the core of the meaning of life. If Christian schools meant simply tacking on a prayer each day, or an extra course in Bible study, they wouldn’t be worth all the time and expense.

“I send my children to the Christian school because I believe that all of life is religious (I Corinthians 10:31, ‘Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God’). God is at the center of everything. He made all things, He guides and controls them, and He demands that we, His creatures, honor Him as Lord

and Savior in everything we do (Colossians 3:17, ‘And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus’). Of course that includes our studying, as well as our everyday work. It includes every part of life, without exception. It means that I can’t be satisfied with submitting my children to Christian training at home and church only.

“But you say, what’s the difference if my child studies arithmetic, history, or literature in a public school or in a Christian school? Much. I want my child to learn, from his earliest years, that all of life belongs to God and was made for Him. In science, I want him to know that he is studying God’s laws for the universe. In history, I want him to see the unfolding of God’s plan for the ages and the redemption of His people. In...

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