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Monday, February 20, 2012

Why Do We Homeschool?, Part 2


Thank you for joining me for Part 2 in my Why We Choose to Homeschool series.
If you missed last week, skip on over to Part 1.

We Homeschool because we see it clearly AFFIRMED in Scripture.

As I mentioned last Monday, EVERY decision we make as believers must be sifted through a grid of Scripture.  After much searching, my husband and I found numerous accounts in Scripture that support and encourage parents to home-educate, or to at least delegate our educational authority to someone who adheres to a Biblical worldview.  We found absolutely NO references to support the alternative.  On the contrary, we came across numerous verses that caution against it.

I recognize that God can use a verse to speak a certain TRUTH to one person and use that exact same verse to speak an entirely different TRUTH to the next.  That is one of the most amazing wonders of the Christian walk...convictions are as varied as those they convict.  So, I am including a list of the verses that have been the most admonishing to US and a brief description of how God used those particular verses to AFFIRM the calling we felt in our hearts.

Proverbs 22:6  

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.
As is the case with every decision we make as Christians, I believe that the Hubs and I will stand before God one day and answer to him for how we "trained up" our children.  Although I do believe this is one area where we, as parents, will at times have license to delegate to someone else.  (Just as the hubs, as the head of the home, will answer someday for how we used our finances even though he has delegated the day-to-day authority of that to me.)

I do not believe I would feel at all comfortable standing before an ALMIGHTY God and saying that I opted to delegate the authority of six of my child's twelve waking hours to someone who did not share my same faith, who at times made a mockery of Him, who supported and even encouraged practices that were in complete opposition of His word.  How could/would He ever condone that kind of "training?" especially in light of Christ's words in Luke 17:1-2 where He said, "Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one to whom they come!  It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin."

Deuteronomy 11:18-19  

You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.  
Again, God has laid out in Scripture the command that PARENTS are to use every opportunity to pour TRUTH into their children.  How are we to do that when we are not with them for at least half...if not more...of their day?  I appreciate SO MUCH the opportunity I have as a homeschooling mom to be able to mingle Scriptural examples into every day conversations and happenings.  "Bible time" doesn't necessarily have to be just before bed every night.  It can and should, according to this verse, be during REAL LIFE...seeped into every life experience, into every memory.

As a former teacher, I knew ALL TOO WELL how much influence I had on my students.  Most of the time, they interpreted what I said as gospel, even over the thoughts of their parents.  I will admit that there are many Believing teachers in the school system.  But in truth, these same devoted Christians are bound by the curriculum and viewpoints that are dictated to them by the "powers that be."  Rest assured, the "truth" that they are teaching their students as they "walk by the way" with them, is NOT the TRUTH according to God.  The "powers that be" have determined that it CAN NOT be.

Philippians 4:8  

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Many Christian parents are watchful to make sure that the movies, television shows, books, magazines, and music that their children experience adhere to this Scriptural admonition, and yet some of those same faithful parents send their children to a school that interprets truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, commendation, and excellence in a completely different way then how they, and most importantly, SCRIPTURE does.  TRUTH is only truth if it holds up against the standard of God's Word.

So as a parent, I could very well be ever-vigilent in guarding against untruth in the books, movies, and music I allow in my home.  But, what kind of mixed message does it send if I say "no" to a particular Disney movie on Saturday, but then send my little one off on Monday to read a book about evolution or homosexuality or "safe" sex?

Mark 12:17  

Jesus said to them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.  And they marveled at him. 
Now I realize that most of us are use to viewing that verse from a financial context, but in reality, Jesus was encompassing all areas of life.  We are to give to God THAT WHICH IS RIGHTFULLY HIS.
If my tithe belongs to God, and my time belongs to God, and my talents belong to God, how much more do my CHILDREN...the only thing I possess that has any ETERNAL significance...belong to God?  By sending my children to a school that is run by "Caesar" and is infiltrated with a Caesar world view and not a Biblical world view, am I not "rendering" them to the wrong person?

Nearly the Entire book of Proverbs

Wisdom...or rather the SOURCE of wisdom...is mentioned all throughout the book of Proverbs.  In EVERY reference, wisdom is shown to come from God.  So, if you take God out of the equation, it is safe to assume that there is NO WISDOM.  Yes, KNOWLEDGE can be gained.  But there is quite a difference between knowledge and wisdom.  Wisdom is knowledge plus discernment.  It will do my children absolutely no eternal good to KNOW the History of Civilization if they do not also see how God has orchestrated it all for our good and His glory...if they memorize the scientific Table of Elements but do not recognize how and why those elements were CREATED by the Creator.

Proverbs also places much emphasis on the dangers of surrounding yourself with harmful, UNGODLY influences.  If half of their childhood day is spent surrounded by "the fool,""the ungodly," the "way of the wicked"...they WILL without a shadow of a doubt, according to Proverbs 12:26, be "led astray." (Matthew 16:26 For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world [and all the knowledge in it] and forfeits his own soul?)

The Examples given in the Life of Christ

Although He was, in fact, God come to earth, Jesus needed to increase in WISDOM, and STATURE, and FAVOR with GOD and MAN before His "time had come" for public ministry.  Too often I hear the phrase "be ye in the world, but not of it" quoted as a charge to send my children to the public school in order that they may be SALT and LIGHT to the unbelieving.  The truth is, that phrase is NOT EVEN SCRIPTURE.  No where in the Bible will you EVER find those words.  It is not a VERSE, it is a man-made proverb that comes from loosely combining the thoughts of several different selections of Scripture.  Jesus gave a charge to His disciples to "go into all the world and preach the Good News", and I believe that was a command to ALL OF US.  But, it was a command, in fact, given to adults.  Adults who, themselves, knew the GOOD NEWS well enough to preach it.

It is clearly seen in Scripture that even Jesus had to "increase" before He was ready to "be about [His] Father's business."  How much more do my earthly children with VERY earthly parents training them need to "increase" before they are thrown out into the world and expected to "GO."

I think, on the contrary, Jesus set a straightforward precedence when He began His earthly ministry as an ADULT and when He spent three years training and teaching the disciples before He charged them to "GO."  If Christ, the perfect teacher and model, knew the advantages of daily walking with His twelve "students"...to model, encourage, equip, and train them before He allowed them to venture into ministry on their own...how much more do I, a selfish sinner and fallible failure, need to daily walk with my "students" until they are fully equipped to "be about [the] Father's business?"

Again, let me reiterate that I am in NO WAY saying that my interpretation of these Scriptures is THE ONLY way to interpret them.  They are merely the tools that God used to support the calling He had already placed in OUR hearts to home educate.

Why We Choose to Homeschool



Has God used any particular Scripture verse to confirm your calling?  I'd love to hear it.

4 comments:

  1. Amen! That is perhaps the best explanation from Scripture I've ever read. It is how my husband and I believe. God bless.

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  2. I don't agree with your comment, "I recognize that God can use a verse to speak a certain TRUTH to one person and use that exact same verse to speak an entirely different TRUTH to the next." Do you have any scripture to back this up? To me, that would cause confusion and division within the church if God told individuals different truths about the same verse.

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  3. Thank you- I really needed this encouragement today :)
    Blessings to you and your family

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