Culture Currents Pull Students into Nine Monday Challenge

Students hustle to Mr. Isaac’s worldview class. “I forgot my book. I’ll be right back!” A student’s voice trails down the hallway as he darts from his friends to his upstairs locker. There is a level of expectancy when students go to class. Students are looking to grow at Hillcrest. That’s what they’re doing in Mr. Isaac’s class.

“We started class today on a prompt I received, from the other worldview instructor actually.” Mr. Isaac recounted his class while in sitting in an office in the front hall. His Understanding the Times textbook had papers sticking out from it. Evidence that his students were working on review questions in his class.

“We’re in the middle of a chapter on ethics, in our worldview class.” Principal Isaac’s eyebrows raised as he continued explaining the background of his class, “Ethics are taught, morality is caught. It started with that. They had to think about that, what does it mean…I didn’t really give them any context.” His class referenced the family to understand the quip. If a dad doesn’t live out what he’s teaching at home, the family isn’t going to either. “Then we took a look at 1 Corinthians 15:33…in summary, it’s the verse that says, ‘bad company corrupts good character’.”

The chair slowly leaned back as Principal Isaac continued, his hands folded as he explained how his class identified the historical scenario surrounding the passage. “They looked at the context of the paragraph. Then, what’s happening at Corinth at the time, and then what are the principles that we learn from this.” His hands unfold as he makes the connection between understanding historical context and making a tie for students to modern issues.

“So in that context, at the time, Paul was talking about these false teachers that were coming up.” Principal Isaac’s voice raised a little bit. His posture changed as he started to unpack the way the culture in Corinth sought to distort Biblical truth. “He goes on to talk about, ‘You’re listening to sources of information that aren’t true. What’s happened to you?’ Then he goes on to say, ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’”

He sat back in his chair again, relaxing as he continued explaining how his class responded to the lesson. “I asked them, ‘What are the avenues where false teaching comes to us?’” Principal Isaac explained the response from students. Some mentioned how many see Youtube as a credible source of information. He said he directed their attention to find grounding in Scripture. That from Scripture students can understand ultimate reality. “What we came up with from that is what prayer and reading the Scriptures does for us.”

Principal Isaac then shared some of his experience with riptides in California. He educated the students that if they’re caught in a riptide they need to swim sideways, even a little further out to sea, to get out of the current that is pulling away from shore. He explained that the process of fighting a riptide is exhausting. “If we’re going to swim in these currents of culture we’re going to find ourselves farther downstream than we had intended.”

He closed the class after explaining the challenge of living in a culture that pulls. “I said to them, ‘We have nine Mondays left...I’m giving you a nine Monday challenge. What would it look like if, spiritually if we practiced feeding ourselves with God’s word.’” He then covered some things the students could eliminate that is bad for them. Distracting habits, practices, and devices that want to pull them into the stream of culture. “We plant spiritually in the fall and harvest in the spring. While they might not have been ready to hear about a nine Monday challenge in October, they’re very receptive to hear about a nine Monday challenge in March. That’s part of what the Lord does in our classes here.”