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School days
September 13, 2010
by Pastor Paul Marggraf, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Delano

Labor Day has come and gone and school is in session.

According to the old familiar song, school days are supposed to be “dear old Golden Rule days.” That song reminds us that schools – all schools, not just Christian schools – are, and always have been, in the business of teaching morals and values.

If all schools limited their “value lessons” to the Golden Rule, there would be little problem. After all, our Lord put his stamp of approval on the Golden Rule when he said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

Unfortunately, many schools today continue to teach values, but stray quite far from the Golden Rule.

When asked about their goals in life, most college freshmen today, according to a fairly recent survey, list as their top priority “getting a job which pays a high salary.” That might suggest that somewhere along the line, the real Golden Rule which students are learning today is: “He who has the gold, makes the rules.”

All of this should remind us of the value of Christian education at every time of life. Whether you’re in elementary school, high school, college, or the school of hard knocks, the world around us is always trying to instruct us in its perverted values, and it has ways of being as persuasive as any “hickory stick!”

To combat the false wisdom that surrounds both parents and child, student, and graduate, we all need to turn again and again to the Word of our God. The Lord God is the only schoolmaster who can truly turn us from foolishness to wisdom. Without his instruction, all other learning is of little value.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.