We have welcomed January, and most of us are slowly but surely getting back in to the swing of homeschooling. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I question my decision and search for answers in God’s Word to re-confirm my commitment to home education. Today welcome Jen, who blogs at Mother, Wife- That’s Life. She is sharing her heart as to why she homeschools.
“So, why do you homeschool?”
I really don’t have an answer that won’t be offensive to someone. That is not surprising, because when you walk with the Lord, everything you do or don’t do is offensive.
John 15:18-19 says, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
That verse gets down to the core of why we homeschool. Yes, we have to live in this world, but that doesn’t mean that we have to live like we are of this world.
It is so important for us to build a strong Biblical foundation for our children. That type of foundation takes years to build, develop, test, and refine.
It’s not just about learning Bible verses and how to pray before meals- but it is about learning how to navigate this world while maintaining a Biblical perspective. It is about building character and preparing our children for the trials they will face.
A common argument is, “well, you just want to indoctrinate your children and not give them a choice on how to live”. That misses the point that everyone is indoctrinated. Everyone is brainwashed- the only difference is who is holding the sponge.
If you think that government schooling produces children with a neutral perspective then you would be mistaken. Everyone has a worldview and “neutral” is not an option. You are either for the Lord or you are against Him. (Matthew 12:30)
There are many books written on the ultimate goal of institutional education. But even without getting into those issues, the Bible is clear on how we are to raise our children.
Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” We cannot teach our children diligently, if we are sending them off for someone else to teach them.
Furthermore, common sense tells you that something is going wrong. Why are so many kids growing up and falling away from the faith? The Bible says to teach a child in the way they should go and when they are older, they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Does that mean that the Bible is wrong, or does it mean that we are doing something wrong?
That old serpent hasn’t changed his ways. It hard to surround a child with ideologies that teach you to question, and even oppose God, and not have it start to make sense to them. If we don’t prepare our children for that, they’ll be lost.
Some children will make it out from institutionalized schooling as followers of the Lord, they’ll have battle scars and torn clothing- but they will be able to cross that glorious finish line. However, we don’t find it necessary to throw our children into an obstacle course that they haven’t trained for. The difficulties ahead will be sufficient enough.
There is spiritual warfare all around us. This is not the time to pull out a Bible verse saying children should be the salt and the light in the world. No, children are soldiers that need to be prepared for battle. If we send them out before they are properly trained, it is highly likely that they will perish. A 6-year-old may be able to tell her classmates about Jesus this year, but after years of slowly killing that fire- what do you think she will be saying when she is 12-years old?
Matthew 7:17 says, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” Worldly schooling is not the tree that we want bringing forth the fruit that God has blessed us with.
Jen Sheppard is a wife, mother, and freelance writer. She blogs about family life and writes a devotional newsletter at http://www.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts today Jen! If you homeschool, what is the reasoning behind it?
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