Fifty million young American minds are being developed in secular public school classrooms. Can these students be reached with a Christian worldview? On December 21, Melvin Adams, President of Renewanation, joined Phyllis Schlafly on air with a resounding "yes."
Adams defined 'worldview' as the set of assumptions and beliefs that people use to interpret their values and form their opinions about everything in life: the way people see the world and understand reality.
Students educated in a secular setting grow up as foreigners to the moral and practical assumptions of Christianity, insulating them from the ethics that built western civilization. Renewanation is committed to the vision of offering every child a Christian worldview education.
Secular humanism, the worldview assumed in many non-religious school settings, teaches that the natural world is the ultimate reality, insinuates no absolute standard of right & wrong, man as the center of all things, and survival of the fittest as an unavoidable law of life. Christianity, on the other hand, offers the grounding of a moral compass, God as the loving center of all things, and a deep ethic of responsibility and compassion.
Adams urged parents to assume full responsibility for the education of their children, ensuring that their children receive Christian worldview training from other influencers if it is absent from their school setting.
A recent study of adults and pastors nationwide by Barna Research Group found that only 38% of adults and 26% of pastors believe that public school provides the best education, with 64% of pastors and 50% of the public favoring private or homeschools.
Widely accessible Christian education, according to Adams, will come from the collaboration of societal pillars: parents, schools, churches, businesses, colleges & universities, and legislation.
A majority of American parents would prefer Christian education for their children if it were more accessible, revealing a need for more affordable Christian schools. Renewanation seeks to remove the tuition barrier so more students can attend Christian schools, encourage Christian homeschools, improve existing Christian schools, and plan creative outreach to secularly-schooled students.
First published at Eagle Forum.