We visited our youngest grandson's school for Grandparents' Day yesterday.  The school is a model where children are home schooled part of the week and attend school in a classroom the other days of the week. We were impressed with what they are learning and the spirit with which they are being taught.

 

The name of the school is “Coram Deo”, which is a Latin phrase that refers to something which takes place in "the presence of God." It is sometimes referred to as, "Living in the Presence of God." 

 

In today's all-too-secular climate, seeing “Education in the Presence of God” printed on the bus as it drove out on to the public streets, caused my emotions to surge.

 

I was thrilled as I watched that phrase carried out in the classroom when Reece’s teacher (who obviously loved the children) tied Scripture and history together and the children recited Ephesians 6:10-18.

 

By incorporating Scriptural life lessons into all that is done, these children are being educated in the presence of God. Whether they become homemakers, politicians, pastors or engineers, they will be prepared to make a difference.  They will know what it means to live in the presence of God!

 

Oh that I choose each and every day, to live in the presence of God!!

 

Here is a beautiful answer by R.C. Sproul regarding the meaning of the phrase, "Coram Deo":

 

"This phrase literally refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.

To live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever we are doing and wherever we are doing it, we are acting under the gaze of God. God is omnipresent. There is no place so remote that we can escape His penetrating gaze.

To be aware of the presence of God is also to be acutely aware of His sovereignty. The uniform experience of the saints is to recognize that if God is God, then He is indeed sovereign. When Saul was confronted by the refulgent glory of the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, his immediate question was, “Who is it, Lord?” He wasn’t sure who was speaking to him, but he knew that whomever it was, was certainly sovereign over him.

Living under divine sovereignty involves more than a reluctant submission to sheer sovereignty that is motivated out of a fear of punishment. It involves recognizing that there is no higher goal than offering honor to God. Our lives are to be living sacrifices, oblations offered in a spirit of adoration and gratitude.

To live all of life coram Deo is to live a life of integrity. It is a life of wholeness that finds its unity and coherency in the majesty of God. A fragmented life is a life of disintegration. It is marked by inconsistency, disharmony, confusion, conflict, contradiction, and chaos.

The Christian who compartmentalizes his or her life into two sections of the religious and the nonreligious has failed to grasp the big idea. The big idea is that all of life is religious or none of life is religious. To divide life between the religious and the nonreligious is itself a sacrilege.

This means that if a person fulfills his or her vocation as a steelmaker, attorney, or homemaker coram Deo, then that person is acting every bit as religiously as a soul-winning evangelist who fulfills his vocation. It means that David was as religious when he obeyed God’s call to be a shepherd as he was when he was anointed with the special grace of kingship. It means that Jesus was every bit as religious when He worked in His father’s carpenter shop as He was in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Integrity is found where men and women live their lives in a pattern of consistency. It is a pattern that functions the same basic way in church and out of church. It is a life that is open before God. It is a life in which all that is done is done as to the Lord. It is a life lived by principle, not expediency; by humility before God, not defiance. It is a life lived under the tutelage of conscience that is held captive by the Word of God.

Coram Deo … before the face of God. That’s the big idea. Next to this idea our other goals and ambitions become mere trifles."