Is my child being helped or hindered by the teaching of character education?
A non-Christian school teaches that a person can reach a level of goodness based on their good deeds. Being a nice person to others and to nature, having certain character traits, and achieving certain goals or accomplishments will make a person happy, wise, and good. Although those things are desired in all people, they do not lay the groundwork to accept the truth that all of our good works are as filthy rags to God, and in light of God’s holy laws, no one is good, no, not one. This anti-Biblical teaching builds a subtle framework for legalism and works righteousness- a deadly thought process that draws hearts away from the message of the Cross. That is, a person finds true goodness and joy before God when he becomes totally reliant on someone other than himself- Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:12, Galatians 5, Romans 3:23)