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Can a Christian Work in the Government School System?

By Karl Priest September 9, 2009 (revised 1-20-14)

(Grateful acknowledgement goes to an anonymous source for help with this article.)

Some are positive that it is wrong to work in the government school system and use the analogy of “I wouldn't work in a bar to support my family so I will not work in the public school system.” Someone else says, “Many businesses and corporations have non-Christian owners who use products and funds in an unrighteous way. All the systems, both public and private, are becoming more godless. Even being a loyal citizen of the USA means we allow our tax-money to be used for some un-godly activities—including property taxes to fund government schools.”

How does one decide whether or not to work in the government schools?

What if one is actively involved in urging others to remove their children from government schools and still works in that corrupt system? How would that person appeal to someone who says, “If you work there it must not be too bad.”? I f people lack deep conviction from Word of God that Christian schools or homeschooling is commanded as part of the walk of faith and obedience, then they will use any excuse to keep their children under government control. If absolutely no Christians were government school employees—compromising Christians would find other excuses to ignore the dangers that subject their children to for the sake of ease, comfort, love of money, etc.

It would be ideal for no Christians to assist the ungodly system of government education. If they have no other choice, it's not wrong for a person to drive a school bus or work as a cook, custodian, secretary, teacher, etc. to provide an income for a family—. The family bread-winner needs to protect his income in this current bad economy. Jobs will become harder and harder to find and retain. Providing extra-income for some luxuries is a different matter.

If the head of the family could replace that income it's always good not to contribute to helping government schools in any fashion, but the issue is not what adults do, it’s the children’s education and spiritual well-being.

One thing is for sure, a Christian who works in the government school system should be wary of hiding his/her light and compromising. Many Christian public school teachers become enablers for Christian families to leave their children in government schools. It is easy for a teacher to effect children for Jesus. A Bible on the desk, a regular comment about church activity, sponsorship of Christian clubs are a few ideas. Other employees can find ways that are specific to their individual jobs. Also, those inside the system can see first-hand what is going on and provide eye-witness accounts to others.

The final decision rests upon God’s Word. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.” (Romans 14:12-13)


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