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Lutheran Education Rocks

January 24, 2017
By Pastor Tim Berner, Principal
National Lutheran Schools Celebration

"I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God’s word becomes corrupt…. I greatly fear that the universities, unless they teach the Holy Scriptures diligently and impress them on the young students, are wide gates to hell."

Thus concluded Martin Luther in his 1520 treatise on educational reform, “To the Christian Nobility.”  Luther’s words may shock modern sensitivities, yet the truth of them is inescapable. The pursuit of wisdom and knowledge, untethered from the revelation of God, inevitably leads to the individual and his or her desires, being the center of the universe and the only norm and guide for what is good and right.  What Luther greatly feared for the universities of his time, has become the modus operandi for the majority of modern American schools and universities, to a degree that would shock Luther himself.  The vast majority of modern American uni-versities are anything but, they are really multiversities, adrift without any unifying values or educational goals and, at worse, dominated by contradictory values and competing goals.

Peter Keefe, a philosopher of Boston College, argues that this unmooring from Scripture is the norm not only in modern education but also in entertainment and journalism as well. He writes, “The three major mind-molding establishments in the Western world – formal education, entertainment, and journalism – are massively dominated by the subjectivists and secularists.”  If what Peter argues is even partially accurate, then the wide gates to hell confront us, and our children, at every turn of modern life.

In stark contrast to this modern spirit of subjectivism and secularism, stand Lutheran schools. Yesterday, January 23, over 1000 students converged on Concordia Academy (including students from ten Twin Cities elementary schools) to celebrate the beginning of National Lutheran Schools Week.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Upon this Rock.”  This theme encapsulates the contrast between Lutheran schools and the “three major mind-molding establishments in the Western world.”  Lutheran schools, and all Christian schools where Holy Scriptures are supreme, are anchored on the Rock of Christ. The world around us is indeed adrift, tossed back and forth by every wind of doctrine and human cunning, and the wide gates to hell may indeed surround us, but in our schools we have set before us the straight road that leads to life. 

Lutheran schools are built Upon the Rock, Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. And the joy that was evident on over 1000 faces yesterday is a testament to the power and importance of that firm foundation.

National Lutheran Schools Week

Below, view a video of part of the opening event of CA's National Lutheran Schools Week Celebration.