• Jared Mlynczyk

The Call to Educate and Reason

Do you recall much of your K-12 education having little to do with, well, anything you applied in your adulthood?

Join the club.

While that's a bit cynical, the standards-based educational system continues to produce students who get pushed through on a conveyor belt. While some might make some waves, the results are incredibly predictable.

But Christian education doesn't need to be this way. It shouldn't be this way.

During this season of schools reopening, closing, reopening, and changing by the minute, it is a great opportunity for all students receive an education from a real situation. Yes, education applied to real life!

Our five year old asked me back in July, "Why am I wearing a mask?"

Our eleven year old asked me last week, "Why can't students come back to school?"

Our nine year old asked me yesterday, "Will we have sports this year?"

Our two year old asked me nothing. He's more into the exploring and getting into trouble stage.

I encourage all Christian families to become educated on these matters. Research the questions, find answers from peer reviewed articles, and discuss them with your children. Encourage the older ones to do more of the heavy lifting.

This may be one of those critical times where we can model the art of asking questions and finding answers. This is how the learning process works. Let's make a commitment to keep this cycle going as students will apply these same procedures to thousands of other situations they'll deal with in their lives.

Philippians 2:14 implores us to "do everything without grumbling or complaining." We should let that soak in as we ponder the constant stream of media and our responses.

Paul gives us multiple examples in the NT of how to approach those who disagree with us, including Acts 17:2-4:

As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. "This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah," he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.

So, let's use this time to become educated. God has blessed all who call upon His name and have entered the Kingdom of God. We need not to worry. But God has also placed us to reason, to think logically, and respond accordingly.

Knowing our position, we can now move forward by becoming educated and to reason with anyone we come into contact with. Let's model authentic learning while we have the opportunity and attention of our children.

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