Do We Need to Go Back to School? (2)

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
schoolblur2.jpgStudents go to school to learn, so they can be knowledgeable about the world facing them. Teachers attempt to teach them to the best of their abilities and interest. Students thrive or suffer depending on their capabilities, engagement, environment and opportunities.
If we will learn from the best, we need to find the Master Teacher and learn from him. Jesus is the supreme teacher and “all who heard Him were astonished” (Luke 2:47, NKJV). “He taught them as one having authority” (Matthew 7:29). He lifted the hearts and minds of his listeners in ways that no one else has ever been capable of doing (John 7:46).
The source of his teaching is the Bible, the greatest book available to humankind. God’s Holy Word is a repository of the world’s greatest knowledge and instruction. Are we learning from it?
If not, we need to go back to school with the Master Teacher.
Students face enormous moral challenges every day in school. Christians are to rise above the sin of the world and “walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1). We are to stand as lights to the world, directing everyone to Christ (John 8:12). If we are not doing so, we must go back to school.
If we think that we can use the same filthy language that we hear around us all day, we need to go back to school (Ephesians 4:29). God expects far more of our tongues than profanity (James 3:1-12). The language in a public school is a veritable cesspool, but Christians should use pure, edifying words (Psalm 35:28).
If we think we have to be disrespectful to authority because that is what everyone else is doing, we need to go back to school (Romans 13:1). We need to be respectful of those who are in authority and show godliness in every aspect of our Christian walk.
If we think that we need to make worse grades than we are capable of, so others will not think we are snobby or uppity, then we need to go back to school. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). God expects us to be the best that we can be in everything that we do.
If we think that we have to be sexy in order to receive appreciation by the opposite sex, then we need to go back to school. “So God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). We need to rise above the animalistic behavior of sinners and walk in righteousness. We are valued because we have a soul, not simply because we have a willing body.
If we think we have to have sex outside of marriage, in order to find love, then we need to go back to school. “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). God says to “Flee sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
A generation of young women have been brought up to believe that their sexuality defines their self-worth and it is a lie from the devil’s hell (John 8:44).
If we think that we have to listen to filthy music because that is what everyone is doing, then we need to go back to school. “For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:7).
If we think that it is not cool to be a Christian, then we need to go back to school (Ephesians 4:17-18; Hebrews 11:23-26).
It is imperative that we glorify Christ and not follow sinners into their destruction! God is watching.

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