A Word From Mr. Satterly—October 12, 2017

A Word From Mr. Satterly—October 12, 2017

Dear WA Community,

Ralph Waldo Emmerson once quipped, “People only see what they are prepared to see.” While I doubt that he had topics like educational philosophy or the development of technology in mind when he made that remark, his insight is nonetheless useful. Consider, for example, that the world’s largest taxi company (Uber) owns no taxis; or that the largest real estate firm (Airbnb) owns no property. Most of us were not prepared to see these developments, so we didn’t.

Now we live in a world where most people believe that the best way to find yourself is within yourself and that one should not criticize someone else’s life choices. It is a world that increasingly sees people of faith, as either irrelevant or extreme; one that embraces leisure and indulgence over work and patience; and holds pluralism and tolerance as sacred.

Gabe Lyons, in his book Good Faith, seeks to address our response as Christians to these trends reminding us that God is our reference point for truth—not ourselves—and that while a judgmental spirit is not reflective of the gospel, neither is tolerance for sinful and destructive behavior. Our theology insists that God is in the center of our lives, not on the periphery.

Since it is difficult to project how quickly technology will develop, making particular jobs and tasks obsolete, or to forecast exactly what issues our children will face as adults; we must, then, focus on teaching them how to think biblically, to invest in their character, and to equip them to effectively engage culture. It is into these times and into this particular space that God has given the Christian school. As we strive toward our mission, let us begin with the end in mind.

Grace and Peace,


Joel T. Satterly