I have never lived through a time when evil is more evident than I have seen over the past few years. Society is under attack like never before in my lifetime. Consider what we are witnessing each and every day in our country.
- Political partisanship at an all-time high
- Destruction of private and government property
- Defunding of police
- Threatening, harming and even killing innocent people because of the color of their skin
- Rioting and looting without any accountability and consequence
- Child sexual exploitation as seen in “Cuties”. People are supporting this vileness as being good and moral.
- Religious freedom is eroding each and every day
When I shared this with KEM’s senior associates, Luke Bowers reminded me that this shouldn’t surprise us considering what Paul wrote to young Timothy.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)
We are definitely witnessing these verses becoming a reality. Because of this increase in evil, Paul challenged Timothy to,
…continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of…which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NKJV)
In times like these, we must follow this same counsel. We must continue in the things that we have learned from Scripture. Paul went on to make sure his son in the faith understood the complete sufficiency of God’s Word.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
God’s Word is sufficient as it instructs us as to what is right, what is wrong, how to get right and how to stay right. Therefore, I continue to be optimistic because I know that God IS at work. Notice I didn’t say that I believe God is starting to work. No, God IS at work and He always has been, fulfilling His plan for mankind.
What I am excited about is seeing how God IS at work –- especially in the education of future generations. Through all of the chaos and confusion I am seeing certain points of light beginning to shine on the horizon. These include:
- An awakening by many parents of the dangerous things that have happened and are increasingly happening in secular education.
- Parents are more interested in and demanding more school choice be made available to them.
- An increase in the number of parents who have chosen to homeschool their children this year.
- Renewanation launched its virtual school, IlumenEd, with over 100 students. This virtual school is very intentional in making sure all instruction is from a biblical worldview foundation.
- Christian publishers such as BJ Press developing quality, biblically integrated textbooks to support biblical worldview education.
- ACSI is preparing to launch a new model for professional staff development in Christian schools through its Flourishing School Institutes.
God IS AT WORK! I have been sharing with you in recent blogs how God has been leading Kingdom Education Ministries to be more intentional in equipping the body of Christ to disciple future generations through kingdom education.
I have been so excited about the fresh mission that God has given KEM to TRANSFORM individuals, EMPOWER the home, ENGAGE the church and TRANSFORM schools. As KEM pushes forward to achieve this mission, I envision seeing future generations equipped to create a kingdom culture in their homes, churches and communities so that life will be viewed through lens of Scripture and, thus, bring glory to God.
This is why I am thrilled to announce an upcoming event for Christians who want to see God raise up a new generation of Christ-followers who will turn their world upside down for Him. July 7-9, 2021 are the dates for the first Kingdom Education Summit. This event will be hosted by Word of God Ministries in Shreveport, LA.
I am praying that a group of church and Christian school leaders will gather together around the theme, Teaching the Next Generation to Know God. It is time for the home, church and school to rethink education from a totally biblical perspective.
If you have ever had the experience of climbing to the summit of a mountain, you were no doubt taken in by the majestic view of God’s creation from this high vantage point. From a summit, one can see all the pieces that make up the big picture. This is goal of the Kingdom Education Summit.
Pastors, church leaders, school administrators, board members and individual Christians who want to catch a glimpse of God’s plan for educating future generations will dig into Scripture and address the issue of education biblically. This will be a time to not only see God’s big picture for education future generations but also the role that individuals, parents, church leaders and educators need to play.
Together, we will dissect the 14 biblical principles of kingdom education to see how these apply to the education that takes place at home, church and school. The goal of the Summit is to begin to develop strategies that parents, church leaders and educators can embrace to be more intentional in making disciples of all nations.
So, mark your calendars and pray about being part of this historical event. I will be sharing more details about the Kingdom Education Summit over the next several weeks. Registration will begin with the start of the new year. Join me in praying for a reformation to take place as we rethink education from a biblical perspective.