The world is in moral upheaval. As we look at our culture through a Christian worldview it is easy to see the slippery slope we are on. The moral revolution has led to the ubiquity of pornography, no fault divorce, abortion and the belief that there is no real truth. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, repeatedly refers to our culture’s moral standards as “moral insanity” and it seems like it is getting more bizarre every day. I recently heard of a man who self identifies as a dragon and has surgically altered his body to be more reptilian. Without looking to God as our ultimate source of truth anything goes and wickedness is celebrated as good.
Fortunately, we serve a God who is in the redeeming business. If you read through the pages of Scripture you will find story after story of God working in situations just like our culture is facing. But how does God change the course of a culture when the momentum is so strongly pulling away from God?
The answer is often found where we least expect it. F.W. Boreham points to one such surprising answer in Mountains in the Mist when he wrote that, “… Who looks to the baby? Who turns to the baby as the strategic point in the struggle of nations? …Slavery was most strongly entrenched when Abraham Lincoln was born. Who that watched his baby antics on the one hand, and listened to the cry of the oppressed on the other, dreamed that the baby before them was the key to the whole situation? No; we never find room for the baby. He is always in the manger. It never occurs to us, as we confuse our minds with the world’s worries and the world’s woes, that the baby in its swaddling-clothes is really the way out” (165-166). Boreham rightly understands the power and potential of the next generation. God is raising up young men and women who He will use to change the world.
Currently we are in the middle of teacher appreciation week. In light of the significant task of raising the next generation, it is hard to overstate the important role of teachers who are training, discipling and teaching our children. It is a weighty and momentous task to teach a child. G.K. Chesterton once said, “That is the one eternal education; to be sure enough that something is true that you dare to tell it to a child.” Our teachers are taking on this task and they deserve special thanks.
As a principal, I am in a unique position to watch our teachers in action from day to day. They consistently amaze me with the sacrifices they are willing to make to take on the task of teaching our children. Our teachers work hard long hours, are paid a fraction of what they deserve, they sacrifice time with family and rarely get a full 8 hours of sleep. However, they show up to work with a joy and passion that is contagious. They love each other and the students creating an atmosphere that is wholesome and safe. They know their stuff and how to point children to God.
Why do our teachers make such great sacrifices with such great joy? Because their goal is to leave a legacy. They understand the difference their actions will make on future generations. They know that the child playing on the playground or the student taking a quiz may just be the next difference maker that God uses to change the world.
When the world is at its darkest is when God’s work is all the more visible. As Philippians 2:14-15 says, “Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Our teachers live this passage every day and they are leading our children to do the same. God is using the sacrifice of our teachers to change the world through the next generation. For that our teachers deserve our thanks.
A special thank you to all the parents who have graciously showered the teachers with a week of food and drink. You have been a great encouragement to the whole staff. Thank you.