We were created to worship God.
Simply stated, if we don’t worship God, we worship something else. If we have not placed Him first, we will have other things to take that place. Romans 1:25 describes how the Romans had “exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator.”
We believe that no area of study is ever neutral; it always has values attached to it. Learning about and discerning these values tell us about those who produce them, what they think is important, and what they believe is true. It tells us about the values of cultures, times, and belief systems. Christian education is concerned with pointing out the values that surround the topics. Students must understand that worldviews affect what people believe, say and do.
Therefore, students need to learn to “read” a worldview. They need to ask questions about what is being portrayed in regard to culture, values, and belief systems. When the through-line of “Idolatry-Discerners” is a focus, students will be challenged to identify and understand the idols of our time (as well as times past); to lay bare these idols.
It is our sincere desire that our students will be God-worshippers and will be able to say with humility and wisdom, “I am an Idolatry Discerner”.
Passages to Ponder
Deut. 5:7,8 “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or in the earth beneath or in the waters below.” We need to constantly hold God’s command before us that He is God, and we are His creation.
Deut 11:16 “Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.” (This warning to the Israelites still applies to us today.)
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”