1 John 1:1-3
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (ESV)
Have you ever had something so important to tell someone that you just could not wait to share it? You text them to call you. You try to call them. You go to find them. You will do whatever you can to share the information as soon as possible. I think about the apostles, who had first-hand knowledge and truth about Jesus. They risked their lives (indeed most gave up their lives) to share the historical account of Jesus. Their testimony is meticulously recorded in the Bible. We also have the historical account of Adam and Eve, the blessing of Abraham, the establishment of Israel, etc. All of these historical accounts give testimony to the faithfulness of God to His promise of restoring mankind to Himself through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Wow! This is why the Primacy of Scripture is a core value of Legacy Christian Academy.
As a covenant partner, I want to share with you a concern I have for our students. Over the last twenty years, I have noticed a disturbing trend in how we present this vitally important historical account recorded in scripture. From Veggie Tales to Disney-like characterizations, to Bible “story” time, we have effectively made the historical accounts of scripture “make-believe.” We have allowed the historical account of scripture to become fabled and commercialized and thereby fundamentally change how our students view the Word of God.
I recently shared this concern with our elementary school teachers. If scripture is to be prioritized, we must teach it as historical truth. In fact, we should recognize the Bible for what it is – the most historically accurate and scrutinized text ever. For example, we have approximately 200 – 1800 historical manuscripts confirming the life and teachings of people like Plato, Caesar, and Homer. By comparison, we have over 17,000 Old Testament manuscripts alone giving testimony to the historical accounts of scripture.
The challenge (should you wish to take it): Refer to the Bible as the inspired, historical truth of God. Avoid exposing students to fabled versions of the Biblical account on the internet or on shows. Speak of historical accounts of scripture not “Bible Stories.” This way, our students grow up with a proper view of the scriptures and we remain committed to our core value of the Primacy of Scripture.
Kevin Mosley is in his first year as Associate Head of School at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas, having served the last 9 years as Upper School Principal. An innovative academic leader of 25 years, his record includes managing top-performing teams to cultivate student leaders and promote successful preparation for college and beyond. He is focused on engaging with students and educators in Christian schools and is committed to providing Christ-centered leadership through collaboration and transformational vision.
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