Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Biblical Case Against Public Schooling

Can any parent tell me how they can justify sending their children to a place where strangers  {who most are not solid believers} will be given full authority over their children and are mandated to not even mention the name of Jesus when teaching their children? I just cannot fathom this anymore. Yes, we sent our children to public school for elementary school, Alyssa went to public junior high and one semester of public high school before she was fed up with the garbage being spewed there, and Cassi went to several months of public junior high before we felt she was going in the wrong direction and pulled her out.

I know better now. I can't justify biblically how Christian parents can send their children someplace and be taught by unbelievers. Read carefully these verses and tell me how this cannot be speaking against a place like public schools ~

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18

I love what John MacArthur wrote on his blog yesterday, "Christian parents today need to own this simple principle. Before the throne of God we will be held accountable if we have turned our children over to other influences that shape their character in ungodly ways. God has placed in OUR hands the responsibility of bringing our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and we will give account to God for our stewardship of this great gift. If others have more influence on our children than we, we are culpable, not excusable, on those grounds."

If you think that your children need to go to public schooling for socialization, this is what Kelly Crawford says about this and she is homeschooling her nine children. "The practice of grouping same-age kids together for large amounts of time is new. Not to us, but in the course of history, it is only been the last 100 or so years that this 'experiment' in human behavior has been conducted. Previously, kids of all ages intermingled, and for shorter amounts of time. Before that, families were the primary social group and children were taught social skills (how to become an adult) from adults...we’re told that if want to raise our children to be wise, we should be making sure they are 'walking with the wise', as in living among them, associating with them regularly, and observing them."

There are so many good resources now to make homeschooling your children fairly easy. However, nothing worthwhile is easy. In fact, being a godly wife, mother, and homemaker are hard and take LOTS of hard work but hard doesn't mean it isn't the right or biblical way.  As Christians, we are called to walk the narrow, difficult path for it is the only path that leads to abundant life and God gives us never-ending grace for the hard. We need to begin taking seriously our mission to raise godly offspring. This begins with training them in the ways of the Lord from the time they are born until the day they leave your home for good. This is a ministry that has eternal consequences.