August 22, 2016
Our challenge to the FCS faculty this past week in our preparation time, as we begin the the new school year, washow we as Christian educators can successfully continue to minister in a culture which is increasingly in opposition to our Christian worldview and values. The Bible says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world. but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable, and perfect.” Our goal as a faculty is to understand the Biblical perspective of the issues of our day as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ compassionately and courageously, and to communicate to our culture that the answers to the very complex issues of our day are found only in God’s Word and in His Son Jesus.
Because we believe that Scripture is very clear regarding the preaching and teaching of the Gospel, we believe our teaching must be backed up by how we live. Our personal lifestyle and our function as a Christian school in this community will either allow us, or prevent us, from having the opportunity to share our faith in this 21st Century culture. The cultural issues of our day include many that are seemingly in the headlines every day; racial strife, religious liberty, immorality, and much more. We believe that the Bible gives us clear teaching on every cultural issue and that there is a Biblical perspective for Christians regarding each one of them.
The apostle Paul knew, far greater than our experience in America today, what it was like to live in a culture that did not accept the message of the Gospel. He knew what it was like to live in a world of abusive, deadly inequality and slavery. He knewwhat it was like to be under the rule of tyrants and petty dictators who were ruthless. He knew what it was like to live in a society absorbed in sexual immorality and in which the family was breaking down. He even knew what it was like to be heavily taxed by a government which was out of control in its quest for power and control. But Paul never said to the church, that we need to moralize the pagan land or the pagan government, he only emphasized that we need to faithfully share the good news of the Gospel of Christ. He also emphasized that the way we live as Christians and the way the church and Christian organizations like our school live out their Christian lives, will provide a platform that will make the message believable to a culture that knows nothing about the transforming power of the Gospel message we want to preach. II Timothy 4:2-5, “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”
The challenges of the times in which we live are very apparent. In our lifetime there has never been a more urgent need for God’s people to look at the world around them and see them as lost and in need of a Savior. As a Christian school this is not a time to re-shape our curriculum, our methods, or our focus by the standards of a culture which increasingly rejects the message of the Gospel. What Miami continues to need is a Christian school that is completely and distinctly CHRISTIAN, and shares a message of hope to the culture which surrounds it.
So as we begin this school year, I call on on our faculty, our parents, and our students to be a voice proclaiming the truth of God’s Word in this community, with the expectation that as we do so, God will, by His grace, use us to bring many to trust Him and receive the gift of salvation that He offers to all who will believe in Jesus Christ as Savior. We can have no greater influence on our culture than speaking truth on the issues of our day and engaging in the battle for the hearts of those we influence through the Gospel.
Have a blessed school year,