God drew my attention to the challenges facing education when I addressed the Assembly at Plettenberg Bay Christian School recently. Christian education is desperately lacking in SA.
Despite Christian schools providing excellent Bible-based education, many of them are struggling to survive. Apparently, Christian parents prefer to place their children in secular schools because they offer superior extra-curricular facilities. I view this as nothing short of a tragedy!
Research by the Barna group and others indicate that millions of Christian children abandon their faith when they enter tertiary educational institutions. Contemporary universities are temples of secular humanism where students are indoctrinated with the godless ideology of paganism.
A concerned Christian parent sent me an email shocked to discover that the literature given to kids in schools are riddled with crude, blasphemous and sexual explicit scenes. Homosexual activists are also active in schools, working to indoctrinate students with their wicked agenda.
An article entitled, “Christians squirm over Noah novel” Die Arkvaarders (In The Shadow of the Ark), written by Belgian novelist Anne Provoost, portrays Noah and his sons as murderers and rapists, and is part of the high school syllabus in the Netherlands.
According to Protea Boekhuis, the publisher of the Afrikaans version, it is possible that the book will be prescribed reading in South African high schools.
The focussed attacks on children even at primary school level are well documented. Students are increasingly becoming targets of traffickers, sexual predators and other evil agendas at school.
The Church must break out of its lethargy and urgently formulate a strategy to take back our schools from the enemy. Christian parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s education especially the Biblical value system that ensures their moral grounding and future success.
However, Christian parents have a critical role to play in the governing of our schools. Serving on school governing bodies are the most strategic forums to influence the way schools are run.
School governing bodies (SGBs) determine the admission, language and religious policy of the school. They also adopt a school Code of Conduct, Constitution and administer the schools property and budget; together with determining the schools’ annual fees. 2012 Elections have begun.
“After the national elections, SGB elections are the most important voting process in this country” said Education Minister Angie Motshekga. I agree. Many anti-family groups will submit candidates to serve on SGB’s with the express purpose of advancing their godless agenda in schools.
Christian parents must make themselves available to serve on school governing bodies and churches must work to mobilise Christian parents to vote for the Biblical Christian candidates.
The Body of Christ must intensify its focus on education in the country. Millions of children are indoctrinated with liberal and humanistic values in the schooling system to their detriment.
Pastors please urgently encourage your congregations to submit candidates for SGB’s in your region and devise a strategy to mobilise Christian parents to vote for the Christian candidates.