For the past two weeks, I have been commenting on Dr. Tony Evans’ statement about God’s command for Christians to multiply and fill the earth. Evans said that God commanded Adam and Eve to do this because man was created in God’s image and He wants His image replicated and sent to all corners of the globe. Last week I wrote how sin has marred God’s image in man so one of the major goals of education needs to be leading our children to Christ and then building godly character into their lives so that God’s image will be replicated and fill the earth for His kingdom’s expansion.
After reading the past two posts, you might think I am one of those Christians who believe that if our children know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and have developed godly character, than that is all we need to do in educating them. There is really no need for them to study math, science, language, etc. My response to that type of thinking is a resounding NO! Yes, the most important things in a person’s life is for them to know Christ and be conformed into His image. However, God expects much more.
After God told Adam and Eve to multiply and fill the earth, He told them to have “dominion” over the earth. As Christian parents replicate God’s image in their children and they go out and fill the earth, they must be prepared to be good stewards of God’s creation. If all we did were to have children, see them come to Christ, and guide them into developing godly character, we would find good Christians “living” all around the world. However, God wants His image replicated and filling the earth in a much deeper way.
Just simply being physically living in many different places isn’t enough. God wants to see His image replicated and filling all areas of life. He wants His image in the field of medicine, business, politics, the arts, engineering, etc., etc. Just knowing Christ and having Christ-like character will not enable our children to go out into the culture and engage it for Him.
This is why we must take deliberate action to make sure that our children receive an education that will provide them with the tools they will need to fulfill God’s plans for their lives. What is different about how we are to do this from how the world does it, is that we are to teach our children all subjects from a biblical worldview perspective. They must understand what the God-intended meaning is behind all the truths that they learn about all subjects that they study.
If the home, church and school are united under the same biblical philosophy of education, then, I believe, we will be fulfilling God’s purpose for having children. We will be replicating His image, instilling a biblical worldview in them and equipping them to go out and take His image into all areas of life. And what is the ultimate purpose for doing all of this? It is to bring Him the glory due Him. What a marvelous plan God designed when He created man in His image and then told man to multiply, fill the earth and subdue it
I would love to hear your thoughts on this very important topic.