The King's Comments: Sidestepping a Slippery Slope

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32

Detailing the philosophical and cultural shift seen in most (if not all) American colleges and Universities, Marsden in his book, The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief, laments as he articulates, how prestigious and prominent schools that once started out life as bastions of the Christian worldview holding all ‘thoughts captive’ have perilously stepped over the line and have “slipped down the slope of secularism.”

As an example, he notes that in the the 17th and 18th century, the crest or shield of Harvard, included an image of Jesus above the words of John 8:32 (see verse above). Also to be found on this original shield was the motto, Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae (Latin for Truth for Christ and Church), and three books. Two of those books depicted as facing upwards, while the third, remained facing downwards. The books that faced up represented all that could be known from God’s word; the third, face down, depicted the knowledge of God which remained ‘hidden’ until such time as the Holy Spirit indwelt the individual and illuminated the Word of God through prayer and faith.

 Original Harvard Crest with the third book face down.

Original Harvard Crest with the third book face down.

As the 19th century dawned, a deliberate and strategic ‘update’ was made to the coat-of-arms/shield and that third book, was turned upwards heralding the start of what was to become an intentional undermining of our faith, quite literally turning our faith ‘upside down’! The motto vanished leaving behind just a shadow of its former self — Veritas (and as we are all keenly aware of, truth becomes a commodity that can be redefined as the situation or individual dictates!). Progressive 19th century secularism boldly and unashamedly dethroned theology by squeezing out the study of the Word.

 The updated crest with all three books facing up.

The updated crest with all three books facing up.

Cornerstone Classical School was founded firmly, as its name suggest, on the bedrock of the Christian faith, with our Lord, Jesus Christ, serving as the ‘Cornerstone.’ Over the last 5 years, we have unapologetically proclaimed the word of God, never allowing the world or its ‘champions’ to define (or re-define) us, holding fast to the promises of scripture and delighting in His presence, daily. As soon as we let go of the God-centered vision, loosen our grip on this truth, compromise in the smallest way, we will have taken that final step onto the slippery slope of mission drift!

These steps, albeit small and seemingly insignificant, situate us on a precarious precipice, tottering on continuing upwards and onwards or downwards and back! At Cornerstone, we passionately embrace the truth of Jesus Christ, providing a distinctively classical Christ-centered education that prepares students for servant leadership and lives that glorify God.

If ‘all truth’ is God’s truth, then to simply offer a Bible class or chapel is not enough! All subjects must be studied, examined and taught with faith and humility in relationship to Jesus Christ: God’s image bearers within God’s creation, and for God’s glory!

Are you ALL IN?

Steve