Saturday, July 15, 2006

Schooling Children

Donald Grey Barnhouse wrote in the mid-twentieth century: "One of the greatest of all Christian works is the teaching of children. We are convinced that much time is spent teaching them secondary matters while important things - 'first things' - are neglected. Of what value is it for a child to know how many miles it is from Jerusalem to Nazareth if he does not know the distance that separates a human heart from God? What is the use of learning the geography of Paul's missionary journeys, or the wanderings of the children of Israel, until he has been taught to bring his own wandering heart to the Savior? At every moment the teacher must be conscious of the fact that the children are there and need to be brought to Christ as Savior and Lord."