Christian education means different things to different people. Perceptions of what it could and should be, have been shaped by the practice and pronouncements of a great variety of people who have identified themselves with Christ, i.e. Christians. Instead of trying to deal with the legacy of millennia, considering what Christ-in education should look like, may move the discussion from the past, or even the present, to the future.

Everyone should agree that if God is missing, misplaced or misrepresented, nothing will work properly--including education. Belief in God by billions cannot be ignored no matter what you believe or disbelieve about Him. If He is peripheral, He shouldn't be treated as central--and vice versa. If we have a distorted picture of God, it will still shape our understanding of the nature and purpose of anything that we consider. We may not agree about if He belongs, where He belongs or what He is like, but the answers to these questions cannot be ignored as inconsequential.

The Bible presents Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of everything (Colossians 1:14-18, Romans 11:36, Hebrews 1:1-3). If this is true, He cannot be ignored in education or anything else. What we think about any aspect of education must somehow be related to Him, not only theoretically, but practically. Christ must make a transforming difference in every aspect of God's world that is studied. God's world must be considered in the light of God's word, the Bible, which reveals Christ. 

"What does Christ-in education look like?" is a question that cannot be ignored.

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