Friday, April 1, 2016

"A" is for Anabaptist History - The "A, B, C"s for Christian Schools; 26 Topics We Have the Opportunity to Teach Our Students

"A" is for Anabaptist History
We believe that Anabaptist history should be taught in every Anabaptist school as part of the history curriculum throughout all the grades (elementary included), as well as a high school class.  And not only should Anabaptist history be taught, but also Anabaptist doctrine-- our beliefs, practices and the reasons behind all of them.  We do not just cover our heads because mom and grandma do, and we are not non-resistant just because Dirk was.  The principles behind the practices are so important.
These can be taught during morning devotions, on the playground when our students are fighting over the swings, at lunch when the conversation goes awry, and during math when they are tempted to cheat, as well as during Anabaptist History class (which we think every high school student must complete).  The teachings of the schools should support what the parents of the students believe and teach to their children at home, and what is being taught in the church as well.  

If we (the schools, churches, and parents) fail to do this, we will be raising a generation which is not only "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness . . . . " (Eph. 4:14)   but also does not know that "friendship of the world is enmity with God . . . " (James 4:4).

Deut. 6:7
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.