“May you live in interesting times” is often referred to as an English translation of a Chinese curse. As it turns out, that is “fake news.” There is no such curse in the Chinese language (Mandarin or Cantonese). Despite its spurious origin, the phrase seems entirely applicable to post-election America. Our country seems very divided which poses some challenges for every community, large or small, as we seek to work together and move our nation forward. Teachers face new burdens when talking about current events, knowing full-well that our students come from homes with widely divergent and passionate points of view. Politically, consensus seems as unreachable as it has ever been.
Most concerning is the idea that we live in a world that is now “post-truth;” a time where emotion and passion are considered valid substitutes for reason and facts. Now more than ever, we live in a world fully in need of discernment. Proverbs 3:13 says “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding.”
The education provided at Bellevue Christian speaks to the heart of this problem. We point students to what is both real and eternal: God’s unchanging values. The Psalmist says it another way: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” (Psalm 111:10)
Wisdom and discernment are not easily nor quickly attained, but they come from seeking the Lord and His will for our lives, something we encourage in our students beginning at preschool and not ending until graduation many years later. We trust in God’s promised blessings for those who chose this path.