For some time now, SCS has focused much of its energy at creating a culture of honor. You can look for the fruit of such energy in the interactions our elementary and secondary students have in the hallways, classroom, and cafeteria. My personal definition for honor is giving attention and care to someone of esteemed worth. At SCS, we want to instill in each student that every person they come in contact with has intrinsic worth as they are created in the image of God. Furthermore, in Psalm 139:14 the Psalmist writes that he is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” There is enough of God’s handprint on each individual in our school, that they are to be shown honor in how we treat them when they are present (in our words/actions) and when they are absent (with personal integrity).
We also strive to teach our students how to honor their own bodies in how they take care of themselves and in remaining pure. That is the major reason for our upcoming chapel series on relationships in which our speakers and teachers will shed Godly light on some of the current teen struggles and how God’s Word has the answer for how to remain Christ-like in a sin-stained world. You can see these principles being tried out as students dive into hard topics in Bible class, finding the timeless truths still standing against the cultural grain. The ancient gentile converts had to learn the same lessons of righteousness as modern Americans.
We also want to teach our students how to relate to their authority figures in a healthy, God-honoring way. In a society that flouts God’s authority, we want our students to act upon the truth that God is All-powerful, holy, and loves them. In a teen culture that dismisses parental input, we want to show them how to find wisdom from those that have “been there, done that.” At SCS, our students know that they can come to teachers for advice, and more often than not, you’ll hear – what does the Bible say about this? At SCS, the Bible has the first and last word as the staff strive to cultivate a culture of biblical honor. Thanks be to God who performs for us all our work!