March 7, 2013

Heavenly Father: please protect me from cookie-cutter homeschooling Christians

(Quote) There may be many “Bible-believing Christians” with children in public school, but “Bible-living Christians” are becoming the minority. (End Quote)

Normally I would bite my tongue, let it go, consider the source, choose the high road, not give such blanket statements the time of day. Who do you think you are to tell me that I’m not a “Bible-living Christian” because I don’t homeschool my children?

Why does Christianity have to be so legalistic and complex? Do you not realize how unattainable you make Jesus out to be when you try to put Christianity in a box with a bunch of man-made rules?

Homeschooling does not equal any sort of godliness. Homeschooling does not make you less of a sinner in need of a Savior. Homeschooling is not the be-all end-all for attaining a good foundation or a Christian education. Homeschooling is not one-upmanship or some sort of who's-the-better-parent competition. A person’s worth or value in this life as a Christian or even a Human Being is not defined by where your children go to school. Homeschooling is just another educational option. Homeschooling is a personal choice and it’s not one-size-fits-all.

(Quote) I’ve been given an awesome responsibility raising my son. I will teach him to fear the Lord by example. I will trust in God to guide me. For we all stand alone on the Day of Judgment. (End Quote)

God said we are to train up our children in the way they should go. We can do that no matter where they go to school. God never said, “Thou shalt homeschool.”

Let’s talk about Salvation – Everyone who knows me understands that I do not nor will I ever believe in works-based Salvation. Legalism is slowly chipping away at the freedom and Salvation that only comes from Christ. Believe it or not there is nothing you can do to earn your way to heavenly fellowship in the presence of God. Christ’s death on a cross was enough.

What’s next? You don’t read the right version of the Bible? You don’t go to the right Church? You don’t live in the right neighborhood? You don’t go to the right school? You don’t stay home with your kids? You don’t homeschool your kids?

Let’s be clear – God doesn’t need us in order to be God. He wants our participation but no matter what we do He will always be God. He doesn’t need or require us to do anything in order to bring our children to Him. He can draw them to Him in spite of us. He doesn’t need our help. He is God!

4 comments:

  1. I love this post. I love it because I am a homeschooling mother of two who has had it up to HERE with people who would judge other parents for not doing what they do. Homeschooling is a personal preference, not a requirement for faith, salvation, or the like. I don't think a parent should ever have to justify their personal choice in regards to how their children are educated. Unfortunately, in the world we live in, so many are forced to - and that includes parents who choose public school. And that is so sad! No one is any better or any less for how they school their kids. Not all public schools are created equal, and frankly, not all homeschooling moms should be homeschooling.

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  2. I love your comment. People have seriously lost their minds if they think homeschooling makes them a better Christian. Our family is fortunate in that we live in a great neighborhood with great schools. Our elementary school motto is: be Responsible, be Respectful, be Safe, be Kind, and Follow the Golden Rule. If parents are not showing their kiddos those attributes in their daily lives they are not likely going to understand them. At some point whether we homeschool, private school, or public school our kids, they will eventually get older and be required to take the same tests everyone else is taking, fill out an application, get a job, or move on to college. Will they be able to handle themselves in the real world? Will they have a healthy respect for people in positions of leadership? Will they know how to cooperate and show kindness to people who are different from them? At some point kids grow up, become adults, and they do go their own way whether we as parents approve or disapprove. That’s life. That Mom who wrote about “Bible-living Christians” becoming the minority because “Bible-believing Christians” have their children in public school – Good Grief!? Give me a freaking break!?

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  3. I also agree that homeschooling is a family decision. I love your last paragraph on homeschooling! It is not a "one size fits all" and it definitely does not work for everybody! I think we need to encourage each other, whether public school, private shool, or homeschooling. We all want was is best for our children. Like you said, they are all going to end up in the real world some day together.

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  4. For almost everything in life it’s about striking balance. Homeschool, private school, and public school are options. No more, no less. As parents of minor children we are educating them 24/7 so hopefully they are learning to model healthy behavior while they are little because when they grow up they can and will go their own way and our job raising them up will be over.

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