A Christian Worldview Means Christ is First in All Things
When we say curriculum and instruction at Oak Grove comes from a Christian worldview, what do we mean?
Before answering that, we ought to think about what a worldview is in general. Everyone has a worldview, whether they know it or not. We all think about the world from a certain perspective based on our background, personal experience, convictions, desires, and so on. We all see the world through a particular set of lenses. In education, this means there is not a neutral way to teach. Even an effort to do that results in teaching from the perspective of neutrality, which is a sort of worldview (albeit an inconsistent one). People who trust Jesus as their Savior and believe the Bible is the Word of God, cannot avoid being shaped by those convictions. They lead us to a Christian way of thinking about the world.
The Apostle Paul provides the foundation for a Christian worldview in his letter the the Colossians. He writes:
"For by him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent" (Col 1:16-18).
There is a lot packed into those four sentences. In summary, they tell us Jesus made the world, rules over it, and holds it together by his almighty power. Furthermore, everything exists for him! He is to be first in everything (preeminent). A Christian worldview is rooted in these glorious realities. If Jesus made everything, then he must be included in every subject. If Jesus rules over everything, then his opinion of every subject matters. If Jesus is to be first in all things, then understanding him better ought to be the goal of education. Thinking like this frames the beginning of education from a Christian worldview.
Thinking like this also expands the realm in which we can serve and honor Jesus. Following Christ is not something regulated to weekend worship or weeknight small group. Our Christian faith impacts all we do and learn. This means we can study math, diagram sentences, read history, and paint pictures for the glory of God. Kindergarten students please Jesus when they learn to hold their pencils correctly and high school students bring him honor as they prepare for the ACT. The way teachers, parents, and children relate to each other is deeply effected by the reality that Christ created and cares for all people.
At Oak Grove, we teach and put together curriculum from a Christian worldview as we aim to fulfill our mission for every child we serve. Yes, we are preparing students so they know what they need to know and can do what they need to do. But our goal is loftier. We want them to become everything Jesus intends them to be, because we realize his plan must be first in all things. Thus our mission is for them to reach their maximum God-given potential. If you look at the world through the lenses of a Christian worldview, you cannot strive for less.
Stephen St John is the Principal at Oak Grove Homeschool Cooperative. He is a graduate of Covenant College and Covenant Theological Seminary. Stephen and his wife Jennifer are homeschool parents of eight children.