Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Reformed approach

Members of the Southern Baptist Convention have for years been trying to pass a resolution advocating its members to exit the public schools. Albert Moehler, president of the SBC Seminary has led the charge in articles like this one.

While "exiting the public schools" has not been warmly received by the majority of Baptists, it has spurred discussion and debate and recently led to a recent article, written by Morris Chapman, that frames the issue in a more positive light (perhaps more "Lutheran" if you will). Read it here.

He advocates the Southeran Baptist community raising up more schools: In recent days, two questions have weighed heavily on my soul. If Southern Baptists don't do it, who will? If we don't do it now, do we risk forever losing the opportunity to build schools for God's glory and the future of our children, grandchildren and the land we love?

For whatever it's worth, I do believe that Christian education will only be truly be valued by Christians when the church makes a strong call for its members to partner with its schools in the spiritual development of children. It seems the Baptists are headed towards that call - when will other denominations follow?

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