If Jesus is indeed Lord, then everything falls under his Lordship. This radically changes the goal and the motivation for education. If Jesus is Lord, then math is not just the teaching of how numbers work. Instead, it is the investigation of how Christ holds the world together with a sense of order and predictability, equipping us for life. Moreover, understanding normal and expected patterns deepens our appreciation for those times when God interrupts those patterns through miracles. If Jesus is Lord, science is not a cool dissemination of fact. Instead, it is the thrilling investigation of creation that ends in worship of the Creator. If Jesus is Lord, English is more than memorizing rules of usage and syntax. Instead it is the systematic learning of how to use the gift of language to most effectively communicate with God and man. Isn’t it amazing that we have a God so committed to revealing Himself, His will, and His ways that He created such a thing as language to make that happen? Isn’t it a wonderful gift to be able to communicate the deepest of emotions, emotions such as true love, in ways people can receive that communication? If Jesus is Lord, literature is not just reading stories. Rather it is joining the great conversations of the ages with some of the greatest minds.
Yes, we are committed to teaching the subjects, but we teach the subjects under the banner of the Lordship of Christ, which infuses the subjects with meaning and purpose. In short, we are committed to equipping the next generation with a biblical worldview that provides a clear vision of life.
To steal an image from the great reformer John Calvin, a biblical worldview functions like spectacles to the seeing impaired person. I am a seeing impaired person. As a fifth grader, my world existed in blobs and blurbs. People did not look like people; they looked like big, fuzzy spots. The lines on the chalk board ran together and formed an incoherent mess. From a distance flowers looked like indistinct blobs of colors.
The problem was I did not know any other way to see, for that was all that I had known. Then one day, a teacher noticed how often I squinted. She noticed how I seemed to strain to see. So she recommended to my parents that I have my eyes checked, and we did.
Little did I know that this one trip to the optometrist would open up a whole new world for me. Once I received my new glasses, I received a new vision of the world. I saw with clarity. I could appreciate beauty. I was finally ready to engage the world and learn. It was a new day, and thanks to new vision, I had a new life.
In a real sense, that is what we want for the next generation. Our motivation is to train them in biblical ways of seeing the world that brings moral clarity, an appreciation for beauty, and equips to live courageously where God has placed them. At CLA, we are doing more than teaching subjects. We are promoting a vision, a vision that will serve these students well for the rest of their days.