Scripture: 1Kings 10:1-7; 23-24; Proverbs 1:2-7
This Sunday, in our sermon series, Through a Mirror Darkly, we are discussing how education has the ability to transform a person’s life. Here in the United States, education is often touted as a pathway to a better life. If you go to school and perform well, then you have access to better paying jobs and a higher standard of living. But I pose a philosophical question to you: is getting a better paying job really the purpose of education?
Well, it depends on who you ask. The reason why the U.S. government wants you to go to school is because the government wants its citizens to be economically productive. An educated workforce is going to greatly increase the GDP of the country, which means there’s more money for everyone and an improved standard of living.
This is the philosophy that we feed students when they are in school from the time they are young. If you go to school and perform well, then you can go to a good college. If you perform well at college, then you can get a good job. If you get a good job, then you’ll make lots of money; and, if you make lots of money then you will be happy. The message being that education is a golden ticket, a means to an end and not an end in itself.
This Sunday, I would like to challenge that philosophy because although it has the benefit of creating economic prosperity in the short term, I feel this philosophy is actually quite destructive to our students and to our society in the long term. Although I know summer is a time of vacation and rest, don’t forget to come and join us on Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends!