As Bible-believing parents, do you understand the importance of your child being taught with a Christian worldview curriculum? Do you realize the tremendous influence a Christ-centered education can have on your child’s body, soul, and spirit? Since Deuteronomy 6:5-7 and Proverbs 22:6 tell us to teach and train our children in God’s truths, each course of study in school should incorporate the message that God and His Word are the foundations for living. So, what spiritual concepts can be emphasized within each subject of a Christian worldview curriculum?
Math: More than just facts and numbers, math can demonstrate God’s unchanging, absolute truths. As a child appreciates the accuracy and dependability of two plus two always being four in mathematics, so too he can enjoy the assurance that God will always be the same (Hebrews 13:8). Immutable, there is no change in God’s nature, mind, character, thought, or will. “For I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6a).
Mathematics can also teach that God is a God of order. Like the symmetry found in God’s flowers or the instinctive, systematic way God’s birds build a nest, numbers are also ruled by order. As a child grows in his math skills with a Christian worldview curriculum, he’ll discover orderly principles such as the distributive law, the commutative law, or the addition property of equality that govern how he can work with numbers when solving math problems. “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).
Science: Simply stated, science is the study of God’s creation. From biology and botany to physics and chemistry, each field of science can reveal God’s power, as well as His creative, divine character. The Bible says in Psalm 8:3-4b, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” As a child “considers” what makes the colors of the rainbow, the force that holds the planets in place, or the DNA that makes us who we are with a Christian worldview curriculum, he can discover God’s omnipotent hand. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20a).
Language Arts: God wants to have an intimate relationship with man and has spoken through His revealed Word, the Bible. Therefore, when a child learns to accurately read, write, and speak with a Christian worldview curriculum, he can understand God’s will and communicate His love to others. Unfortunately, like a fish is unaware of the water he’s within, many times a child can miss the significance of language. Through language, we can offer praise to God, encourage the heart of a friend, or speak the life-giving words of the Gospel. Although the process of learning phonics, forming letters, spelling, and developing a vocabulary may seem painstaking to a young child, it will open the door to a deeper relationship with God and others. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
History: History is much more than lost, forgotten kingdoms and people who have died years ago. History taught from a Christian worldview curriculum shows God’s mighty omniscience in controlling the rise and fall of individuals, nations, and countries everywhere. “For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1b). In addition, with a Bible-based history curriculum presenting the entire story for all of history, a child can see God’s sovereign hand working in the affairs of mankind from creation to the prophesied end of the world. By studying the good and bad choices made by others in similar situations, we can see God’s response and gain wisdom, discernment, and knowledge. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
Although the world would have us believe the Bible is only relevant to religion or a Bible study class, Christian parents can show their children that every subject in school reflects God. What is your child learning? If his textbooks and schoolwork only deal with academics and fail to present the importance of faith in God, it’s time for some rethinking. Because the Bible tells us to nurture a child’s spiritual growth and “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31b), it’s time parents developed a biblical “barometer” in a child by teaching every subject with a Christian worldview curriculum.