Some information from a Pastors Perspective
It’s that time of year when Roman Catholics and Lutherans celebrate and promote their parochial schools. Are Christian schools worth the cost?
I may not remember this accurately, but
it’s close enough to reflect how American culture has changed religiously. It seems that an on-the-street reporter asked a passerby what Easter is about. “That’s when Jesus comes out. If he see his shadow, we have six more weeks of…”
Lifelong educator Daniel Aleshire wrote, “Our culture is less than convinced that religion is a cultural asset” and more and more people “do not know the tradition or understand it.”1 Parochial grade school wasn’t just a positive influence in my life; it formed me into the person I am. The teachers, the parents, the church… all joined in a purpose-filled community of faith and learning. And when we went on to public high school and university, surprise! We had been holistically prepared.
Of course, these schools take effort above and beyond taxes. Aleshire says, “The question about cost is really a question about value.” No parochial school close to you? People of faith teach and learn and serve in public schools as well. Parochial or public school, the question necessarily comes home. Do you value Christian education in your home? Do you prioritize it where you worship? Are you yourself a lifelong learner? Your answers are “yes,” “yes,” and “yes,” if you know what Easter is truly about…
Lord, bless all the schools in our country and those who support them. May Christian schools prove themselves Your special blessing to our communities and nation. May Your people who teach and learn and serve in public schools radiate the blessings that come from You. For Your sake! Amen.
Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer is President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO and former Lutheran Hour Speaker for the Lutheran Laymen's League - Pastor Ron Schultz
Rev. Ronald C. Schultz is currently serving as Pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Harbor Beach, Mi. To read Pastor Schultz's complete biography please click here.