In order for a school to be labelled as “Christian”, it should integrate the Christian faith, learning and practice across the curriculum. As a Christian educator, it is possible to work in a public school and lead a “Christian” classroom. A Christian teacher is led by the Holy Spirit and so they can help students understand the Christian faith and put it into practice. God promises to wisdom and help to Christians through this assurance “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” James 1:5 (KJV).
Public schools differ from Christian schools because they receive public funding and they use different enrolment policies for accepting students. However, there are some characteristics of public schools that can be termed as Christian. One factor is Christian teachers and students that teach or learn in public schools. Since Christians are supposed to incorporate their faith into their way of life and when they live as Christians in public schools, public schools tend to be “Christian”.
Christian schools can be considered as secular because they are obliged to follow curricula and guidelines that are set by the government and not based on Christianity. As Christians, “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” Romans 15:2 (KJV) as so Christian schools have to meet the education goals set be governments. However, some Christian schools have forsaken their Christian values and are based on being successful and high academic achievers. These Christian schools are teaching about the gospel of success in order to attract more students instead of promoting and living the Christian faith as taught in the New Testament.