Words from the Heart for Friday July 10th, 2020
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
James 3:1 (NIV)
Teachers Judge More Strictly
Statistics Canada recently interviewed 100,000 post-secondary students in Canada to determine the impact of COVID-19. 35% reported a delay in or cancellation of their work placement. Just over one-quarter reported that some of their courses were postponed or cancelled by their institutions, including course work such as labs, applied learning and hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online. A further 11% of participants indicated they were not able to complete their degree, diploma or certificate as planned, while 10% were not able to complete some of their winter-term courses.
A geography teacher who teaches that Vancouver is the capital of Canada, or a math teacher who teaches that 2+2=5 will not be teaching for long. The truth matters. Teachers are expected to know the facts and teach them to their students. If this is so when it comes to subjects like geography and math, it is even more important when it comes to teaching the Word of God. James 3:1 speaks to this when it says “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” God holds those He gifts and calls to teach to high standards. For millennia He has preserved His word, so when we pick up our Bibles, we can trust that what it says is true. And when we teach it, we are responsible to do so having studied it and believed it. Teachers in the Body of Christ have a high calling and carry a greater responsibility than other believers. God is watching to ensure that we teach what is true. If we don’t, we will be judged strictly. Teaching God’s Word isn’t to be taken lightly.
These have been words from the heart.