The Word of God is Alive in Lutheran Education
Mark Harris is a first year student at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, and a product of several years of Lutheran education. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about the importance of Lutheran Schools:
You have probably seen a story on the news about how God is increasingly pushed out of this country’s schools. Much of this discussion has certainly been circulating in the wake of recent school shootings and violence, especially in contexts with very young children. While no school – not even a Lutheran school – is completely exempt from experiencing such a heartbreaking event, we do know that God’s presence in education is quintessential to the proper growth of a child (Proverbs 22:6).
I am personally grateful to have begun and finished my schooling in Lutheran institutions. This thankfulness is augmented by my experience of non-Christian schooling for many of the years in between. After finishing three years in a Lutheran pre-school and Kindergarten, I spent the next twelve in the public school system before continuing my education at Concordia University Texas, a LCMS university in Austin.
The key difference that I have noticed between each world is the role that scripture plays in the formation of students. In public education, it only plays a role in a cultural sense, insofar as conversations between peers include Biblical ideas. Scripture is certainly never discussed between educators and learners. In Lutheran schools exists the potential for the complete opposite.
While enrolled at Concordia University Texas, one Bible passage in particular reshaped me as a person. Micah 6:8 reads. “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” This verse offers a great structure for Christian life: a believer in Jesus should strive to meet these requirements. This message could be shared at any Christian school, but Lutheran schools are not any Christian school.
At Lutheran schools, learners are taught to understand that Jesus Christ fulfills every divine requirement and that we are free to respond in thankful joy. Through Romans 3:26, I learned that Jesus “did justice” and therefore I am also just in Him. Through Ephesians 4:32, I learned that Jesus “loved kindness” as He forgave me, and that in Him I am able to be kind also. Through Ephesians 2:5-8, I learned that Jesus “walked humbly”, and that in Him I might confess His Name in humility.
Through Lutheran schools I, personally, have been filled with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. The Word of God is certainly alive in Lutheran Education! When leaders like you support LCEF, you are partnering with an organization that empowers Lutheran Schools to carry out Kingdom work like this. I hope you will get in touch with LCEF and help a Lutheran School get in touch with a young learner. God may work through something as simple as a phone call or an email to bring about a great transformation in someone’s life. His Word is at work!
Mark Harris is a first year seminary student at Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, MO. He is thankful for his seven years of Lutheran education and countless Lutheran educators, as well as many other learning moments provided free-of-charge by his mother, who is a Lutheran School Teacher in Texas. Mark and his wife, Brittany, enjoy meeting new people and spreading a little Texas culture as they share the love of Christ.