Pastor Scott, when he first came to South Charlotte Baptist Church in 1989, had a desire to begin a Christian school.
Well, in 2003, God allowed Pastor Scott to see the realization of that desire when South Charlotte Baptist Academy opened its doors to 30 students. As we are getting ready to begin our 14th year (2017-2018), let’s be reminded of the importance of and need for South Charlotte Baptist Academy
While there is no Biblical mandate [command] for Christian schools, there is a mandate for children to receive a Biblical education.
We see this found in Deuteronomy 6:4-7. We also see, in Scripture, that any education should have its foundation in Jesus Christ and upon His Word.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;” 2 Peter 1:3-5
There is a mandate (command), that children in the United States receive an Academic education.
The state of Massachusetts, in 1852, was the first state to enact “compulsory attendance” laws requiring children to attend school. By 1918 all states had passed a compulsory attendance law. Both North and South Carolina have compulsory education laws.
(South Carolina) “A parent or guardian shall require his child to attend regularly a public or private school or kindergarten of this State which has been approved by the State Board of Education, a member school of the South Carolina Independent Schools’ Association, a member school of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools, or some similar organization, or a parochial, denominational, or church-related school, or other programs which have been approved by the State Board of Education from the school year in which the child is five years of age before September first until the child attains his seventeenth birthday or graduates from high school.” http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t59c065.php
(North Carolina) “Every parent, guardian or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven and 16 years shall cause the child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session. Every parent, guardian, or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child under age seven who is enrolled in a public school in grades kindergarten through two shall also cause the child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session unless the child has withdrawn from school.” http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_115c/GS_115c-378.html
While you may not agree with these laws, I don’t believe that you can find anything in them that is inherently evil or wicked about them. In fact, I believe it is a good thing for children to receive an academic education – to learn to read and write and to learn about this world in which they live which was created by God. Therefore, as parents, we are Biblically bound to obey these laws. The education of children must be directed by their parents. This truth is implicit in Deuteronomy chapter 6. Parents should never abdicate their responsibility – whether the responsibility to Biblically educate or academically educate their children – to someone or something else. Parents may enlist the help of others and delegate some of their authority to others to fulfill this responsibility but they must never fully seek to rid themselves of the responsibility to educate their children.
As such, parents have four options by which to educate their children.
- Public School This is not just a “brick and mortar” option anymore. This option can be accomplished online as well thus making it a choice for homeschoolers. However, most of these online options are promoted as “public schools.”
www.k12.com – “Free online public schools, powered by k12 and available in more than 33 states…”
- Private School
- Christian School
It is not me desire to speak negatively about any of the choices that parents have for the education of their children. Rather, it is my desire to promote the value and importance of South Charlotte Baptist Church in the education of the children of our church. Many times, though, it is difficult to get Christian parents to see the need of a Christian education and the need of the Christian school.
Note: I have been studying for a series of messages from the book of Genesis. However, in my study, I have not yet gotten beyond Genesis 1:1. Anyone who questions the need for South Charlotte Baptist Academy should consider how the public schools look at Genesis 1:1 and how SCBA looks at Genesis 1:1. I am planning to point some things out when I preach on that passage.
Personal testimony: I am an advocate for Christian education. I make no apology for that. I am a product of Christian education. I attended a Christian school my entire life. I then attended a Christian college. I have served in churches that had Christian schools. I am now the pastor of a church that has a Christian school. I am very thankful for the fact that I am a product of Christian education. I am thankful that my children have the opportunity to attend a Christian school. I would encourage every parent of South Charlotte Baptist Church to send their children to South Charlotte Baptist Academy.
Allow me to share some reasons given for not sending children to a Christian school:
- “I’m not going to send my child to the Christian school because all they are going to do is study the Bible, learn about Jesus, and as a result will be completely sheltered from the world. How will they adjust to the ‘real world?’ Once they get out of that Christian school, they will probably go straight to the devil!” In the day and age we live in it is nearly next to impossible to shelter a child from the world. Instead, we should praise the Lord for as much shelter our children have from the world that we can possibly give them.
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
At SCBA, we teach all the core subjects that a child would receive at a public school but we teach them from the foundation of the authority of God’s Word.
- “I can’t afford to send my child to a Christian school.”
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3
Children are a gift from God and it should be our desire to steward that gift. So, I would like to say, instead, you can’t afford NOT to send your children to the Christian school. We live at a time when parents can afford almost anything that they want to afford. Often it is not a matter of being able to afford it but merely a matter of getting their priorities straightened out.
Yes, sending a child or children to South Charlotte Baptist Academy is a sacrifice. But, it is also an investment. It is an investment in something that will last for all eternity – our children. And, it is an investment in someone that will make a difference for all eternity! For some, there are now opportunities available to help parents to be able to send their children to South Charlotte Baptist Academy – like the NC Opportunity Scholarship and the Children’s Scholarship Fund. Beyond that, I have never turned someone away strictly due to finances. I have worked with many families to give them the opportunity to have their children at South Charlotte Baptist Academy.
- “My child won’t have the benefits of public school facilities and programs.” You are absolutely right. There are many “benefits” which we do not have that public schools can offer and that many private schools can offer. However, there are also many other things which we do not have.
- We don’t have God-denying teachers.
- We don’t have textbooks that teach a humanistic, socialistic, communistic philosophy.
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:21, 25
- “My child doesn’t want to attend the Christian school.” The response to this should be self-evident. God has commanded parents, “Train up a child in the way he should go…” (Proverbs 22:6) It’s not the child’s decision; it is the parent’s decision.
- “My child has a Christian teacher in the public school.” Yes, there are some Christian teachers in the public schools. There are some godly teachers in the public schools. But can they give your child a Christian education? No! The reason frankly, is because it is against the law. A Christian teacher you may have, but a Christian education you will not receive. The public schools – regardless of the teachers – can offer only one brand of education, and that is their own godless, humanistic approach to life.
- “Public school was good enough for me – it will be good enough for my child.” To that I will simply say that public schools have changed. Some of you who attended public school can remember having your teacher lead in prayer at the beginning of the school day and reading the Bible in class. That is no longer the case! And, it’s not been that way for a very long time!
- “We as Christians shouldn’t abandon the public schools.” Some reason that if we take our Christian young people out of the public schools, we will no longer have missionaries in the public schools. After all, they reason, aren’t we supposed to be “the salt of the earth?” The Bible tells me that I am to train up my children in the way they should go. The public school is not helping me train my children. Actually, they are tearing down almost everything that I am trying to build up in my home and my church. I also don’t buy into this idea of having our children in the public schools as missionaries. You wouldn’t take a third or fourth grade child and send him to Africa or South America?!?! You must first train that child even as you would train a missionary. How can they become an effective missionary when they are being trained in a worldly atmosphere, in the world’s philosophy, using the world’s textbooks, taught by the world’s teachers?
While not all of you are in a position to enroll children in South Charlotte Baptist Academy, I would ask that you do several things:
- Pray daily for full enrollments in each of our classes for the 2017-2018 school year.
- Pray daily for our teachers.
- Tell others about South Charlotte Baptist Academy. Use the information contained in this article to be able to answer their questions and possible opposition to placing their children in SCBA.