Quoting the Gnostics
“I see the Kingdom of God as very narrowly focused as tied to the preaching of the Word, the administration of the sacraments, and the activities that go on with the ordinary means of grace in the local church…
I don’t think the Christian school has a whole lot to do with the Kingdom of God. So that puts me kind of in an odd and unhappy place in many circles.
Now the Christian school is a wonderful thing. I took my kids to them, I would encourage those who want to provide a Christian education for their children to consider that option. I’m not against them at all. But I do want to keep the Kingdom of God tied to Word and Sacrament and not to the education of our kids, in terms of math and science and football and that kind of stuff.”
URC minister Rev. Kim Riddlebarger
Don’t miss what is going on here.
1.) Church = Kingdom of God. If it doesn’t happen in the context of the Church it isn’t Kingdom work.
2.) Riddlebarger makes a serious mistake in referring to any school as “Christian.” If Education is not Kingdom work then how can any school be referred to as Christian in any way?
3.) Riddlebarger is admitting here the a child’s education is completely disassociated with any notion of the Kingdom of God. If this is so then why doesn’t Kim send his children to a yeshiva, or a Madrasa, or a Government school? Hey … education is not part of the Kingdom of God so it’s ALL good.
4.) Kim implies that Math and Science are worldview neutral. Try sending your children to a Hindu school where the belief that “all is one,” and that all is illusion and see what kind of Math and Science they receive if the Hindus are being consistent with their own Worldview.