We wholeheartedly endorse the following paragraph from the pen of Prof. Henry Schultze, clipped from The Banner of Jan. 5, 1945:
“There is no aspect of the Christian school program that needs to be watched more closely. The Christian Reformed constituency have founded, maintained, and developed these schools for the purpose of training their children in their own faith. The most important item in such a program will be the teachers. There is a group of people cooperating with us in the Christian school movement who do not see eye to eye with us on some important aspects of doctrine. There is a persistent rumor that they, or many of them, would prefer to have their own schools. We may regret this because, in order to bring and keep these schools to their highest degree of efficiency we need to pull together, but it is a perfectly understandable position. They want their specific form of faith propagated. And that is what our own constituency wants or ought to want. This conception of broad Christianity is a precarious one. In the name of Christianity dances have been sponsored, theatre parties have been organized, the sovereignty of God has been ignored, and the Sabbath has been desecrated. Far be it from me to accuse any teacher in the Christian schools of such a liberal conception of Christianity. But the fact remains that you may have such a liberal conception and still carry the name of Christian. The parents who support the Christian schools do not want any doctrine taught their children that is opposed to theirs. Any honest Lutheran cannot possibly be Reformed. There is not a good Methodist that can be Reformed. These people have their deepest convictions and ho one has a right to ask them to be untrue to them. The Dispensationalists are enthusiastic about their position. They cannot be anything else in their teaching but Dispensationalists. If there is any one phase of the teacher’s qualification that the board’ should be very much concerned about it is the teacher’s Conception/of Christian doctrine and’ life.”
These are words which every Protestant Reformed man should take to heart.
The general principle from which they proceed is that, if our Christian Schools are to serve their intended purpose, they must be based on a platform of specific principles.
For the Christian Reformed parents this must mean that they want their “specific form of faith propagated,” also in the schools that instruct their children.
The same is true for Protestant Reformed parents.
We certainly cannot agree with the Christian Reformed parents on a basis of specific principles for the education of our children.
If we love our Protestant Reformed truth we will certainly strive to inculcate it into our children “to the utmost of our power.”
And this means that we will seek to establish our own schools wherever this is possible.
That must be our ideal.
Let us work together, brethren, with all our might unto the attainment of this end.