America needs a new story to tell. And no, while I could, this is not about politics.
At BCS, our first of three pillars is Biblically Integrated Curriculum. And while there is a lot of theory and development behind this idea, it could very accurately be reframed as “telling God’s story of redemption through all disciplines.”
So we learn and think about redemptive literature, redemptive science, redemptive economics.
We understand the grand story of history and our relationships with our peers as part of God’s big story of how we are made to be in communion with him and with others. We wrestle with sin’s effect on these relationships and discover how God’s people are called to be God’s instruments in repairing them.
Our culture is desperately seeking a story. Without God’s narrative, we are left to make up our own. And believe me, people are trying. Read this article: Is our World a Simulation? (and then talk about it with your students!) In the article, a proponent of the simulation theory (which states we are all living in a computer simulation, real world Matrix style) says “For decades it’s been a problem. Scientists have bent over backwards to eliminate the idea that we need a conscious observer. Maybe the real solution is you do need a conscious entity like a conscious player of a video game.”
Did you catch that? In a desperate need for a grand narrative, anything can get put in the place of God, even an advanced biological creature playing a game. Later, this proponent stated that this hypothesis is “beautiful and profound” because it “provides a scientific basis for some kind of afterlife or larger domain of reality above our world.”
Do you hear how this speaker is crying out for God and his story? But without the biblical narrative connected to his study of the world around him, he is left with fairy tales (or rather, science fiction.)
The point is, we were designed and created to live within a context of a grand narrative. If we don’t teach all subjects through God’s story, we are forced to make up another one, even if it is ridiculous - or worse, destructive to ourselves and our culture.
Biblically integrated teaching is much more than simply teaching the bible, it is equipping students to live out God’s intended story for his people in all domains of life.
I hope to see many of you at AXIS: Come Together on November 12 (Register here!). We’ll be spending a whole day talking about how we can work with our students to build a strong worldview and a platform where parents and students can have deep dialog on things that matter.
Grace and Peace,
P.S. Want a good bonus read? Seven Ideas to Teach Students Work Ethic (Tim Elmore) or check out my blog from last week on Helpful Homework Questions.
Philip S. Warner, administrator of Berks Christian School.