Early last week I stumbled across a news article that spoke of a woman who was forced to resign her position at a Muslim school for not adhering to the Quran-inspired dress code. The dress code would require her to wear a hijab (traditional Muslim head-covering). The woman, who wished to remain nameless, would not comply with the dress code because she identifies herself as a Christian. Initial reaction to the article may be curiosity as to whether or not refusing to submit to such a strict dress code could or should be grounds for resignation. The reader may also become angry when reading the different ways the teacher was harassed by her co-workers and superiors for not submitting to the dress code.
My initial thoughts were, “why on earth is a Christian woman teaching in a Muslim school?” It seems like a silly question to have to ask. I am no expert in statistics, but I must assume that an overwhelming majority of Christians would be asking the same question. I would guess that that same majority would agree that it is not wise for a Christian person to teach in a Muslim school. Common sense says that it must be difficult for a Christian to thrive in a school dominated by the Muslim culture. The disheartening thing, is that I would also guess that most of those Christians would say they do not have a problem teaching in, or sending their kids to government run public schools.
Just like the Muslim school, the public school promulgates an anti-Christian worldview. The agenda of the government schools is just as anti-Christian as the agenda set forth by a Mohammedan school. In both instances, Christ is not acknowledged as Lord over all. An education that is not firmly resting on the foundation of the existence of the God of the Bible is doomed. The problem is that many Christians believe the public schools are religiously neutral. Because students are not forced to wear black robes and repeat the words of the Satanic Mass, the public school is deemed to be a safe environment for our precious Christian children. They believe that if the students and the teachers leave their respective religions at the door that they can compromise when it comes to education. Dr. Greg Bahnsen comments on this:
No such compromise is even possible. “No man is able to serve two lords” (Matt. 6:24). It should come as no surprise that,in a world where all things have been created by Christ (Col. 1:16) and are carried along by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3) and where all knowledge is therefore deposited in Him who is The Truth (Col. 2:3; John 14:6) and who must be Lord over all thinking (2 Cor. 10:5), neutrality is nothing short of immorality. “Whosoever therefore would be a friend of the world makes himself and enemy of God” (James 4:4).
The case needs to be made that education is not neutral, and Christians sending their kids to a Mohammedan school is not enormously different than sending their kids to public schools. They may teach different worldviews, but they have one thing in common: an antithesis with Christianity. Christian parents should want their children to be educated in a Godly way. This simply cannot be done in the public school system. Education that ignores the fact that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the ultimate standard of truth is simply satanic. We conclude with more from Dr. Bahnsen:
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are to be found in Christ; thus if one were to try and arrive at the truth apart from commitment to the epistemic authority of Jesus Christ he would be robbed through vain philosophy and deluded by crafty deceit (see Col. 2:3-8). Consequently, when the Christian approaches scholarship, apologetics, or schooling he must staunchly refuse to acquiesce to the mistaken demands of neutrality in his intellectual life; he must never consent to surrender his distinctive religious beliefs “for the time being,” as though one might thereby arrive at genuine knowledge “impartially.” The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord (Prov. 1:7).