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OrangeWood Christian School Blog What is Education? Loving God- Part 3

Created By: Donald M. Larson, PhDWe continue our exploration of how we show our love for God. Last week, we began with Genesis 1:26 when God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth" (ESV). We discussed how we are made in God's image and after His likeness, but with the fall, our image has been corrupted. Through education, we must learn about God. The second part of this Scripture tells us that we are to have dominion over the earth and every living thing.If we are to be stewards of God's creation, then we must know this world and have a deep understanding of it. We have not always done a good job of taking care of our world - we have exploited it without consideration of the consequences. This world belongs to our Father, and we are commanded to take care of it. Our children are known as the green generation - they have been inundated with "Green Propaganda" all of their lives. When I was young, we were concerned about a global ice age and running out of fossil fuels. Now, we are concerned about global warming and have more oil in the ground than we can use. Many of the past "Green Initiatives" have turned into failures and some have caused disasters, because "Green Movement" is more interested in political leverage than really resolving the issues.We must recognize and teach our children that the green movement is a political movement that worships "Mother Earth" and not a holy and righteous God. This does not relieve us from being good stewards, but we must be wary of and teach our children about political agendas. We must also teach them to think through consequences of each action they take. We are a pragmatic people who are short-sighted and who only care about the short-term. All actions have consequences, and although we are unable to predict all consequences, we need to put more effort into understanding the costs of each action. This is an important part of education, as we teach our children to have dominion and be good stewards.

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