My wife and I decided to shop at a local chain department store (the name has been withheld to protect the innocent). This particular store was playing Christmas music in the background. I wasn’t paying much attention until Cindi pointed out what was playing. (I guess that’s a man thing.) The amazing part was that it wasn’t the “secular” Christmas music that is so often played in public places such as Have a Holly Jolly Christmas or Frosty the Snowman, but the song that caught her attention was O Holy Night which is clearly about Christ. She made the observation that we still have this one time of the year that something like this can happen. Any other time of the year, people wouldn’t stand for any type of Christian music to be played. I am also sure that there are other places that do not allow traditional Christmas songs based on the rules set up by their management.
It reminded me of the Christian school and why we do what we do. If your children are students at Indian Rocks Christian School, it’s like Christmas all year round. Teaching students about Christ, the joy of his birth, and his sacrificial death on the cross are year round topics, not just seasonal. They will have a Bible class every day and a chapel once a week. They will have Christian teachers that integrate the truth of God’s Word into every subject that is taught. They will have a staff that strives to be role models. Are they perfect? Absolutely not, just like there are no perfect students, parents, or principals.
Too many Christian schools have gone the “prep” or the “tech” route and fail to give the Christian part its proper due. It isn’t bad to feature these options but remaining “Christian” needs to be above all else. It is better to leave the name Christian out completely than to compromise the stand of schools who truly want to be Christian. There needs to be a clear and marked difference between the private school and the Christian school. This is not an easy task in the society in which we live. As Americans we have become spoiled and complacent in our Christian walk. Apathy and affluence are two of the biggest battles we fight in the Christian school today. “It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity.” Frederick D. Huntington, Forum magazine, 1890.
So as we enter the Christmas season, know that your child will not only have a Christ-filled Christmas but a year round teaching that puts Christ first in all that we do.