Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” These words came from George Washington Carver. His life was a living example of these very words. He was born into slavery in 1864 in Missouri. He was kidnapped as an infant and sold to another slave-holder in Kentucky along with one of his sisters. Only he was later found and returned home.

When the war ended slavery, the Carver family, his family’s former owners, decided to let them stay on their property and they even began to educate them. Mrs. Carver taught young George to read. This education opened doors to further education eventually becoming the first African American to study at Iowa State University where he received both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree.

His life journey eventually brought him to Tuskegee University in Alabama where he developed a research department that became world famous for work particularly with peanuts. They developed over 100 different products from peanuts including dyes and a type of gasoline in 1920. Education made a difference! It freed his mind and his body to work in beneficial ways for others.

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) These words came from Jesus. He was speaking to the Jews who confidently stated, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been in bondage to anyone.” (John 8:33) Jesus responded, “…whoever commits sin is a slave of sin…if the Son makes you free you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:34, 36)

As the new school begins, parents have high expectations for their children because they know the importance of education in life. Parents should have high expectations for their children in Bible education. It is important for the life to come. Are you making Bible classes a high priority in your home? If not, why not?