So let us continue a bit more on the funding of classical Christian schools. We are moving into the second generation of ACCS schools and, believe it or not, our biggest challenge in that second generation is going to be Mammon.
This might be hard to believe because we are living in the seventh year of Obama’s skinny cow, and no Joseph in sight. In addition, many of our schools are still in the start-up throes, and the pending obligation of each payroll is yet another adventure in faith. So where do I get off saying that our next biggest challenge is going to be the temptation to turn your school into Mammon Academy?
First, this is the way the devil works. He tries to destroy you first with failure, and if that doesn’t work, he pulls out his big gun, which is to destroy you with success. So every school that survives past the presence of their founders will face this challenge — because this is how the world works. The people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who had seen the great works of the Lord (Judg. 2:7).
Second, living in community it is always easy to see what other people ought to be doing. Do parents need to “buy in” to the idea of Christian education, to the point of sacrifice? Yes, they do. But the way to motivate people to sacrifice is not to demand that they do so, but rather to show them how. The school itself should be a standing model of that sacrifice.