Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Care Oriented EducationTitus 2:1-5
”V1 But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. (C.S. Lewis)
What is the purpose of education? Is it simply a means to acquire or accumulate knowledge? Is it simply the training for an occupation ?
Education ought to be more than that. Your education should be a tool for a
greater purpose that should be guided by God. We can see from the time of creation that human beings were entrusted as stewards over all of God's
creation. If we focus our attention outward and away from our
personal ambitions, education becomes a tool to further the values of the Kingdom of God.
Titus 2:1-5 provides guidance of a traditional mode of education that passes a system of values from one generation to the next. The Chapter
begins with an emphasis on sound doctrine. Sound doctrine is
important as it is rooted in truth and points one in the right direction. Paul then addresses those that are in the role of teachers and mentors and
reminds them that they are to live Godly lives. It is not only important to
teach by word of mouth but rather first demonstrate the virtues that they are trying to pass onto the next generation.
The passage also teaches us virtuous characteristics we must possess including self-control, kind, prudent, sound in faith etc, There is an emphasis on the importance of the roles in relationships and encourages the
concept of family and this can be extremely valuable in a modern culture that often attempts to downplay the value of traditional families. There is a holistic approach to learning all the way from conduct of those
teaching to possessing noble characteristics and passing down of values generationally.
Paul also reveals a purpose for this care-oriented approach. By living out these teachings, we prevent the word of God from being reviled and therefore becomes a testimony to the transformative power that God's
word can have in our lives In a world that can sometimes prioritize achievement over everything else, St. Paul presents a perspective
that teaching and nurturing go hand in hand. He emphasizes the importance of character, relationships, and a life that reflects the love of Christ. Let us embrace this care-oriented approach, knowing that it not
only shapes minds but also molds hearts for the glory of God.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for teaching us the importance of educating by passing on wisdom and knowledge from one generation to t the next. Help each of us to live out the virtues
and become credible teachers for the values we aim to promote. Give us the
discernment to understand our role as stewards of Your creation and take a care oriented attitude towards
education. In Jesus name we pray; Amen.
Thought for the Day
A Christ centered education substantiates the change to discover and nurture the unique God -inspired calling each student has for their life.
Mr Vivin Varughese
The Mar Thoma Church Staten Island