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    Monday, June 12, 2006

    Encouraging Christian Education

    From the Editors of The Arkansas Razorbaptist…

    Should Southern Baptists pursue an "exit strategy" for removing their children from public schools?

    A resolution has (again) been filed calling for an exit strategy to be developed by Southern Baptists to pull their kids out of the public school system.

    No doubt this proposal will be controversial.

    Having attended both private-Christian and public schools growing up, we understand there are merits on both sides of the argument.

    Those advocating a withdrawal would say that the situation in the public schools has become untenable. Evolution, liberal sex education, crime, secular humanism, historical revisionism and political correctness are just some of the secular plagues upon our system of public education.

    Many of these arguments are valid and indeed, these are troubling problems. We certainly are not opposed to a resolution on the theme encouraging Christian education. Though, we think the use of the term "exit strategy" may not be helpful here. We think that that particular language sends the wrong signal. For one, it's just bad public relations.

    The resolution drafted by Roger Moran and Dr. Bruce Shortt and the related op-ed penned by Albert Mohler in 2005 give the impression that the culture war has been lost and we must therefore withdraw from the fight. We do not believe that, as a denomination, we should cut and run. Nor should we fence ourselves off from and diminish our influence within society's institutions. At an early age, we are all taught to let our light shine. Are we to hide it under a bushel? "No!"

    The resolution commends Baptist adults who work in public schools for their missionary efforts. Yet, Baptist adults working in the public schools should not be the only ones commended for their missionary work. Christian students who are making a difference among their peers should be commended as well. They must not be written off as inadequate witnesses or hopelessly impressionable. At one time or another, we have all witnessed the efforts of young people, inspired by their faith, seeking to make a difference. We sought to make a difference when we were youth ourselves. New efforts to encourage leadership and inspire this generation of youth and the next must be made.

    We do like several of the points made in the proposal. The resolution suggests drawing on existing buildings for use as school facilities. The resolution calls for tapping members of our congregations, including pastors, to help teach. Further development of educational Christian media is encouraged. The drafters of the resolution also recommend that the process make considerations for helping orphans, single parents, and the disadvantaged. We couldn't agree more. These are all wise suggestions.

    This issue is important and it has caused us to consider some additional new ideas toward Christian education and we would like to share them.

    We believe homeschooling is a useful alternative for many families and should be encouraged for those willing to make that commitment. The principle of educational cooperation and shared resources has already been demonstrated among members of the homeschooling community as evidenced by the many homeschool groups that exist around the country.

    We believe that more cooperation should be encouraged among Baptist churches at the local level. Article XIV of the Baptist Faith & Message states, "Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ's Kingdom."

    The purpose of Baptist associations is to encourage cooperation and the pooling of resources toward common efforts. "No [church] is an island, entire of itself," to paraphrase Donne. Autonomy of the local church should not mean independent isolation. Yet, many Baptists likely have little knowledge of their local association and the activities of other churches in their area. We think the associational model should be forefront in the development of Christian schools along with other social programs such as food banks and crisis pregnancy centers. Of course, these efforts will require active leadership from our associational missionaries.

    Funding will obviously be a consideration and all options should be explored for that as well.

    We believe that lessons could be learned by looking at the education model created by the Catholic Church. Whatever differences we may have with Catholics, they are to be credited for constructing an extensive system of education that is considered a mainstream alternative. Our colleges and seminaries have already proven that we can establish reputable academic institutions. As the largest Protestant denomination, we should be bold in our development strategies for K-12 schools as well.

    This debate, if anything, should reinforce the importance of parental involvement in the lives and development of their children. As we said, we prefer to leave the term "exit strategy" out of the mix, but we wholeheartedly encourage the furthering of Christian education and the offering of new options and alternatives. In light of this, we hope that Southern Baptist families, churches, associations and state conventions will review all available opportunities for children's education and make choices based upon serious consideration and prayer.

    Related Links
    Albert Mohler’s 2005 column, "Needed: An Exit Strategy"

    Text of the 2006 resolution

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/12/2006 01:30:00 PM


    Blogger Jamie Wootten said...

    Personally I'm all far getting out of "Dodge" with the public schools. Yet I would not support the resolution for two reasons:

    1. Bad PR. This would look worse than the Disney thing.

    2. I do support the right for an individual to choose the method of education that is best for them. If public school is your option then you should not feel guilty about doing it.

    Monday, June 12, 2006 2:58:00 PM  
    Anonymous Batgirl said...

    It seriously boggles my mind that anyone would really think there needs to be a resolution about this. Of all things that should be up to the parents... I can't even begin to understand how ANYONE would think this resolution is a good idea. If you need to pull your kids out of public schools, great. But its none of your business what other parents choose to do with their kids.
    Thank goodness I get to vote!!!

    Monday, June 12, 2006 6:41:00 PM  
    Blogger Bryan Riley said...

    I wouldn't let bad PR be the deciding factor on anything, but I also agree with the post and these comments. The SBC should, as the largest denomination, definitely look into providing fantastic alternatives for education, but we shouldn't "blanketly" condemn public education and call for an exit strategy. It would be extrabiblical to claim that public education is anti-Christian and clearly Christian parents, teachers, and children are going to a mission field in the public schools. If we need to withdraw from public schools then should all Christians withdraw from all secular employment as well? Instead of decrying something can't we offer and promote positive alternatives?

    Monday, June 12, 2006 9:59:00 PM  
    Blogger Arkansas Razorbaptist said...

    Bad PR wouldn't be the deciding factor, but it is something in the mix. I think we have to consider how it would alienate us from many in our communities... kinda like the whole Disney thing... we don't need to do something that would most likely be laughable to those outside the SBC.
    Batgirl here...

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 7:27:00 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When did Jesus get out of "Dodge"?

    This attitude concerns me deeply for a couple of reasons.

    #1. When do we begin to train our kids to be "missional?" I don't understand how we expect kids to understand mission when they go to church for pre-school, kindergarten, elementary school, junior high, high school, college, and graduate school. (For many Evangelical Christians this is the ideal scenario). I used to be on staff at a large church. I now work at a mortgage company and go to seminary and I am more on mission now than ever before in my life because I am more engaged with those who do not know Christ than ever before. My wife and I have decided that we want our kids to learn a missional life style from their earliest day. I don't want them to know anything else.

    #2. How do we plan to be on mission- specifically to influence teachers, parents, and other students if our kids our not in public school? My pastor's children go to public school and last month our church baptized 5 kids from his son's football team. Our pastor is VERY involved in his kid’s school and has personally met many of his kid's friend's parents and had a chance to minister to them in special way. School is a natural bridge for all of us into the lives of our neighbors.

    #3. Where do we draw the line in abandoning our culture? It is one thing to boycott movies and companies (although I think it is pointless). It is quite another to boycott people. Do we all get on a boat (not that Southern Baptist could ever decide on which boat to board!) and leave?

    #4. Southern Baptist need to stay away from resolutions that make some parents appear to be more "spiritual" than others. This extends to women/mothers working and so on. These resolutions are almost always based on very subjective interpretations of scripture (which speaks to other issues currently within the convention) and a narrow view of Christ in culture.

    Maybe I have a different perspective because I no longer work at a church for a living and live far outside the Bible Belt but I think we need to become MORE engaged with people rather than less. It seems to me that the Southern Baptist worldview, in terms of North America, is becoming less and less missional in many ways.

    I believe that when a church decides to view their local schools as a mission field to be engaged in we can influence and not be so afraid of being influencED.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 7:44:00 PM  
    Blogger Bryan Riley said...

    I was thinking about this further and I can't think of anything that Jesus banned or withdrew from; instead, He challenged the Pharisees for withdrawing from "sinners" and tax collectors. He loved. Are things like Disney bans yet another example of the SBC conducting themselves more like the religious leaders of Jesus' day??

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:36:00 PM  
    Blogger Bryan Riley said...

    Oh, and I acknowledge PR can be considered... but more importantly, does the resolution reflect the gospel of Christ? All matters should be analyzed with that question in mind.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:38:00 PM  
    Anonymous Batgirl said...

    First of all, what the heck happened to this resolution? Did I miss it?
    And second... let me say again, I am not opposed to private education. I used to be. But then I had a baby. That changed everything. I'm not going to let the public school system experiment on my child. BUT that is a decision I made for us. I totally suppport those who choose to homeschool and those who choose to send their children to public schools. I cannot begin to determine what is best for all.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2006 7:07:00 PM  

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