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650 Burbank Road,
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129 N. Belcher Rd.,
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1350 East Lake Road N.,
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12685 Ulmerton Rd.,
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1551 Belcher Rd.,
Palm Harbor 34683
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11633 137th Street North,
Largo 33774
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An Investment Worth Making
by Dr. Mark T. O'Farrell

Families continue to ask the question, "Why choose a Christian college education?" The conversation usually goes something like this, "Christian colleges are so expensive. We'll pay more compared to attending a state college or university. Besides, state colleges have Christian groups my child can join. Doesn't God want us to be 'salt and light' in the world?"

There are many para-church organizations which have made tremendous impacts in the lives of college-aged students on campuses around the world. It is also correct to acknowledge that Christians shouldn't be fearful of or retreat from the realm of secular academia. We are commissioned to be Christ's ambassadors. But the question of attending (or not attending) a Christian college based on "cost" is a misleading distraction from the eternal investment Christian higher education delivers. A Christian college education provides four life-transforming benefits that secular education cannot accomplish.

1. A Christian college education lays a Biblical foundation

When a contractor builds a home, he starts with the foundation. A solid foundation leads to a successful build. A weak foundation leads to trouble. A Christian education starts with Christ and His centrality as found in the Scriptures. A Christian education measures all worldviews and philosophies against the Word of God. When students are faced with a major decision, we want their first thought to be, "What does the Bible say about this?" As believers in Christ we need to be exposed to more than just a campus Bible study. We need to wrestle with and appreciate the rich doctrines of our faith. The systematic study and incorporation of Biblical Truth in the classroom establishes the immovable foundation of our lives. Through this rigorous investigation, we attain the knowledge of the Son of God and mature in our faith becoming the men and women God intended.

2. A Christian college education moves beyond mere facts and information

We are living in a culture that is redefining the value of education. The Barna Group recently reported that individuals desire an integration of their faith and life. Lives segmented by mere facts and information do little to transform lives. Young and old alike want an education that is more than knowledge-based. They want usefulness, practicality, and meaning. A Christian education sees education as more than a path to a better soci-economic condition; it's an understanding of and answer to the deep questions of life: origin, purpose, morality, and eternity. These questions are coherently answered by a Christian education.

3. A Christian college education creates a campus of community

An education on a Christian college campus allows for genuine community that is centered on Christ. Christian college campuses are not utopias and regardless of where one attends, one can always find the distractions for which they are searching; however, a Christian college campus does create a place where students have a common denominator: Jesus Christ. The common understanding of Jesus Christ and His life and teachings create an environment distinct from secular campuses. Prayer, worship, and fellowship permeate the ethos and nature of the scholastic, social, and spiritual dynamics of the campus. When people are in pursuit of the Gospel Truth in their lives, powerful breakthroughs and transformations occur,

4. A Christian college education produces Godly character

Students will graduate with their business or nursing or degree of their choosing, but the question remains, "Will they bring their beliefs into their vocations?" A Christian education weaves Biblical Truth into the very essence of the student. Just as Christian college courses intertwine Biblical Truth into subject areas, students learn to graft that same Truth into their everyday attitudes and actions. The fusing of Biblical principle with practical reality creates a new character in the life of the student. It's the transforming power of Christ delivered through higher education,

Remember: The Word of God NEVER returns void. A Christian education provides a return on an investment that reaps eternal rewards. The price of failing to invest in our spiritual knowledge and foundation is costly. The Christian college experience is unlike any other - focused, deliberate, and transformational. It truly is an investment worth making.

Dr. Mark T. O'Farrell
President
Trinity College of Florida

Ten Reasons Why You Need To Pray About It

1. God's Word is taught

The place to start is at the beginning, with the first nation, the first educational system. When deciding how to manage your children's education, it only makes sense to ask the One who invented education.

"You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul .... And you shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)

.What we have here is a clear biblical mandate to saturate our children's minds with the Word of God. It's a difficult task under any circumstances, but virtually impossible in a public school setting. Once inside those doors, children spend 30 to 40 hours a week being told that God, if He exists at all, is no longer relevant. No matter how spiritually grounded your child may be, the repetition of such destructive ideas can't help but have an adverse affect.

The harsh reality is that our Supreme Court kicked God out of the public school system more than 40 years ago. A generation later, scientific naturalism and a host of other anti-God values are not only being taught in American classrooms, they're being championed.

Christian schools offer a refreshing, biblical alternative. Not only is the Bible taught for what it is - the inspired Word of God - but it forms the foundation of all other texts. In math, in social studies, in biology, all academic roads lead to God, in whom all knowledge has its origin. Your children won't travel that road in the local public school.

"I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt...I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth."

Martin Luther

2. God commands us to teach kids through the Word

It is a sad but true irony: public schools, the self-proclaimed shapers of the human mind, have chosen to ignore the God who created the human mind. To their chagrin, they have robbed themselves of their most valuable "textbook," and the only available source of absolute truth.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," writes Solomon. "And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10). As students pursue the knowledge of math, biology and music in a Christian setting, they're chasing after the knowledge of God. And the by-products of such an endeavor - wisdom and understanding - are the God-given rewards for which every good student strives.

God expects you, as a Christian parent, to plant and nurture His Word in the hearts and minds of your children. This is best accomplished in settings where home, church and school all send the same message, teaching God's truth with clarity, conviction and consistency. And while the benefits of such a commitment are often realized much later, here's one you'll notice in relatively short order. An education that uses God's Word as its foundational text does more than produce spiritually-mature Christians. It makes them wiser and more knowledgeable. It forces them to be better thinkers. And isn't that the goal of education in the first place?

"The school system that ignores God teaches its pupils to ignore God; and this is not neutrality. It is the worst form of antagonism, for it judges God to be unimportant and irrelevant in human affairs. This is atheism."

Gordon H. Clark

3. The school shares your values

If you're like most Christian parents, you've taught your children about God since the day they were born. You've taken them to church, read them Bible stories, sung "Jesus Loves Me." Imagine their shock and dismay when they're thrust into an environment in which God is hated, ignored, or both.

Even the best public schools are prohibited by law from reinforcing the values you teach at home. They either compete against them or disregard them altogether. And because you care about the mental and spiritual development of your children, you may spend countless hours trying to bridge the philosophical gap between Christianity and humanism - a gap that would never have existed had they attended Christian school.

By entrusting your children to educators who share your values, you'll have more time for ball games and bike rides and meaningful conversations. Instead of debriefing your children, you'll be getting to know them.

"To commit our children to the care of irreligious persons is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves."

Timothy Dwight

4. Safety

With thousands of students roaming their halls and taxpayer dollars funding their bankrolls, public schools can only go so far in the area of discipline. The result? More frequent occurrences of theft and physical violence, not to mention course profanity and open rebellion in the classroom.

Simply put, Christian schools are a safer place for your children to receive an education. While not devoid of problems - even severe ones like drug and alcohol use - they are far less likely to occur, and far more likely to be met with firm disciplinary action.

In addition to physical well-being, Christian schools offer a much safer emotional and spiritual environment. Verbal insults and hazing, things that go largely overlooked in a public school setting, are less likely to be tolerated. And the politically-correct, socially-tolerant attitudes that pervade secular classrooms never see the light of day at distinctly Christian institutions. Anti-Christian behavior such as homosexuality and abortion is exposed for what it is, which helps guard your children's minds against the licentious attitudes fostered by popular education.

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonistion of the Lord."

(Ephesians 6:4)

5. Academic Achievement

Contrary to popular opinion, students at Christian schools consistently out-perform their public school counterparts. Their standardized test scores are way above the curve, and they're better prepared for college upon graduation. Even in the areas of math and reading, subjects that are

prepared for college upon graduation. Even in the areas of math and reading, subjects that are "less spiritual" in content, students at Christian schools have proven their superiority.

The sad truth is, despite their claims of excellence, our nation's public schools are far less academically rigorous than they once were. Only 67 percent of all public school students entering ninth grade graduate with a regular diploma four years later. United States competency in math and graduate with a regular diploma four years later. United States competency in math and science lags behind a host of other countries. And despite the vast amounts of government money being funneled to public education, our SAT scores continue to slip.

Christian schools are far from an academic liability. In fact, in the aftermath of 2002's "No Child Left Behind" Act, college recruiters are more likely to view public school transcripts with a skeptical eye. The best colleges are likely to pay your children more attention, not less, if they attend a Christian school. For more information, including some test score numbers that may surprise you, click here.

"A truly Christian education is possible only when Christian education underlies not a part, but all, of the curriculum of the school. True learning and true piety go hand in hand, and Christianity embraces the whole of life - those are great central convictions that underlie the Christian school."

J. Gresham Machen

6. Teachers love and fear the Lord

Part of the reason why Christian students perform so well in the classroom is that they have a higher percentage of teachers who genuinely care about them. Most of these dedicated men and women sacrifice greater monetary rewards to serve where they can do the most intrinsic good.

In addition to the passion they feel for their students, the vast majority of Christian educators love God with equal intensity. And unlike some of their well-meaning public school colleagues, they are not prohibited by the United States government from making overt claims to that effect.

Teachers are a school's heartbeat. Its pulse. They are also among the most influential role models in students' lives. And while you can certainly find Christian educators at a public school, the best of all academic worlds exists when everyone - the school board, the principal, the teachers and the parents - is operating under the same educational paradigm.

"For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory."

(Proverbs 24:6)

7. Individual Attention

In addition to having a higher percentage of caring teachers, Christian schools can almost always offer more individual attention than public schools, many of which are overcrowded and hopelessly understaffed.

Even in cases where the ratio is virtually identical, class size is not. Christian school classes generally have fewer students. They're smaller, more intimate gatherings that encourage students to be participants rather than spectators. Students learn how to think quickly, and gain valuable experience sharing their thoughts and opinions in a public forum.

"Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

(Proverbs 27:17)

8. Success after graduation

Because Christian school students perform at a higher level in the classroom than their public school counterparts, it only makes sense that their options upon graduation are more abundant. Therefore, they are more likely to be better prepared to handle the rigors of higher education. They have also received the spiritual foundation they need to excel in areas of ministry, whether they are career or volunteer-oriented.

In addition to these practical advantages, there is at least one intangible benefit. Students who have been grounded in the truth of God's Word day after day during their formative years - both at school and at home - are better-equipped to handle discrepant ideas upon graduation. Whether in a secular university or in the work place, young adults with a solid biblical foundation are far less likely to fall victim to the subtle lies of our post-modern culture.

The question remains however, how do you define success? Does success equal an Ivy League education for your child, or a certain salary level, or even a prestigious title? Then again, how does God measure success? A healthy marriage? An understanding of biblical truth? These are important issues to pray about.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness."

(2 Timothy 3:16)

9. Peer Pressure

If only the Bible had told us that good company improves bad morals, many of us would have a welcome reprieve. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33), the Apostle Paul tells us, and we can assume he was writing to a predominantly adult audience. You can imagine what he might say to a group of impressionable children and young teens.

Make no mistake: your kids will be exposed to bad company no matter where they go to school. Sometimes they may even be the bad company. But in a Christian environment, they'll be much less likely to find themselves surrounded by destructive influences, and far more likely to find positive ones.

"Bad company corrupts good morals."

(1 Corinthians 15:33)

10. The State of Public Education

One final reason to consider Christian schools can be found by taking an even closer look at the alternative. If you study the origin and history of modern government-sponsored education, you'll find

some alarming facts. Its founders were atheists whose hatred of Christianity is a matter of public record. Its current agenda - the propagation of humanistic ideals that render God irrelevant or non-existent - can be easily spotted in its curriculum.

The Nehemiah Institute has put together a list of nine reasons why Christians shouldn't place their children in secular academic institutions. (Click here to read the article from the Nehemiah Institute) It may be useful information as you consider the educational future of your children.

"The United States system of national popular education will be the most efficient and wide instrument for the propagation of Atheism which the world has ever seen."

A. A. Hodge

 

 

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