The Bible places a great deal of responsibility into the hands of Christian teachers, and it warns that they will be judged more strictly (James 3:1). The Greek word used for teacher in this context is “didaskalos,” which is the same word used forty-eight times in Scripture to reference Jesus; additionally, it is the same Greek word used outside the Bible for unbelievers such as Socrates, Homer, and Plato. In other words, the word “teacher” used in James is meant to refer to all those who teach. Christian author Michael Markowski (2008) asserts that the original language of Matthew 28:21 to go “make disciples of all nations” makes clear that Jesus’ command was directed more at teachers than evangelist or preachers. That Jesus commands Christians to leave their communities and go to the nations leaves little room to doubt where scripture stands on the issue of sharing biblical teachings in public or “foreign” lands.
Christian educators have a spiritual obligation to both private and public spheres. To clarify the use of the terms, when speaking of private spheres it is in reference to Christian communities, homes, churches, schools, and other circles of like-minded believers; when speaking of public spheres, it is in reference to spaces that may be influenced by Christians but are not necessarily dominated by Christian faith or where neutrality and secularism are favored over any religious influence. Christianity communicates that teachers have a responsibility to use their gifts not only in private, like-minded spheres but also in public, communal spaces.
The Christian worldview teaches that our morality is grounded in the moral absolutes found in scripture. This worldview holds that because we are created in God’s image, we have God’s law built into our consciousness. The Apostle Paul, for example, wrote that we are born with the work of the law written in our hearts and consciousness (Romans 2:15). It is crucial for Christian educators to understand their worldview, as it ultimately determines how and what they teach. As Christians, we are mandated to bring justice to the poor and the poor in spirit (Micah 6:8). As Christian classroom teachers, we are mandated to represent Christ well (2 Timothy 3:10-17). It is because of my Christian worldview that I long to see the broken healed and the bound set free.