Tags: sacrifice, free, consequences

Everybody wants something for nothing.  Strangely enough, we will often go to great lengths at great personal sacrifice against great odds to have something "handed" to us.  The mysterious free prize tempts us like a giant lottery ticket, like the gold at the end of the rainbow, and it seems like magic.  I remember a time as a girl when I wished I could wiggle my nose, like on Bewitched, and magically receive a pair of stylish patent leather boots.  Very telling, I'm sure.  Boots without sacrifice.  Magic.  Our desire for free or cheap will even lead us to do unreasonable things, like buying an item just because of a coupon, only to have it sit in the cupboard, waiting for the storm that deprives us of every other source of food before we consider eating it.  Cheap food for "just in case".  Convenient.

All it takes is one glance at the front page to remind us that we live in a world that wants something for nothing, and then no consequences.  The scary thing is how often we see the same story played out, unknowingly, in our own communities, churches, and families.  Everyone wants healthcare, but no one wants to pay for it.  Churches court potential members with special programs and flawless worship music, but don't want to scare members with the idea of handing their lives over to Christ.  The sacrifice seems too great, so we tell ourselves.  Then we become comfortable with "cheap grace", giving very little of our hearts and lives, and receiving nothing substantial in return.  Our desire for free or cheap costs us, and costs us big.

When it comes to educating our children in a Christian manner, we often sing the same refrain, "It's too expensive."  And then we fool ourselves into thinking that there is a "free" alternative.  Public government school.  "As long as we are teaching them about Jesus at home, they should be fine," we say.  But we usually don't teach them at home, at least not much.  We're too busy being comfortable, remember?  But even if we are teaching our children about God, we are still fooled into thinking that public school is "free".  The question is not, "Can we afford it?"  The question is, "When do we pay?"  We either make the sacrifice to instruct our children in a Godly manner now, or we sacrifice our children by handing them over to be taught by a godless system.  We want something for nothing with no consequences.  Sadly, the consequence of this decision could cost us, and cost us big.

--Pam Kriegel, head of school

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