“I have made no secret of the fact that I believe the American school system is inferior in terms of academics, bankrupt in terms of morality, and corrosive in terms of spirituality and religion. In short, the government education system is no place for the children of people of claim allegiance to the King of Kings.”
There are so many reasons TO homeschool and so many reasons to NOT send your children off to be educated by someone else. I could write post after post after post covering different reasons why Christians should NEVER send their children off to the public education system, but in this post I want to discuss simply what the Bible says and how we cannot live out those things taught apart from homeschooling our children.
Whether or not parents should send their children to public schools or homeschool them has been by far one of the most debated and controversial topics of our time – especially within the Christian community. The problem is that many parents don’t take enough time to fully and thoroughly research the public education system and weigh the consequences of choosing such a system vs. the benefits.
We need to realize that God will judge each and every parent for the choice that they make and the way that they decide to raise their children. We need to affirm that biblically it is the responsibility of the parents to raise their children, NOT someone else. The means it is NOT the job of government teachers and NOT the job of even privately paid teachers – it is the job of the parents. Parents can delegate their authority to teach and raise their children to someone else, but they can NEVER delegate their responsibility to teach their children to anyone else. God WILL hold each parent responsible for what education their children receive.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bring them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. ” Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Before we go any further, let us look up what the word “Diligent” means. The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “Diligent” as the following :
1.) In a manner involving great or constant activity
2.) With great effort or determination
To make it even more clear, lets look at some of the synonyms for “Diligent” according to the same Miriam-Webster Dictionary :
Actively, Laboriously, Energetically, Vigorously, Tirelessly, Zealously, Painstakingly, Unrelentingly, Meticulously, Thoroughly…
WOW! It seems as though the word of God is VERY clear on this issue. How in the world can you be living out fully this command of God to teach your children DILIGENTLY when they are away from you 8-9 hours, 5 days a week? The duty of raising, training, teaching and discipling children is of their parents – NOT the government, NOT the State, NOT the school system (whether private or public) and NOT even the church. It is that of the parents and the parents alone, they are the ones who will have to answer to God for the way that they raise their children and what they have learned or not learned, no one else.
The sad thing about this is that in today’s society, most parents, regardless of religious affiliation, send their children off to government schools. The fear and resistance that was there when the public education system was initially put into place, has far been removed and now parents eagerly and happily send their children away all day to buildings of indoctrination without a second thought. Many parents rejoice when the school year starts, some even dancing in the streets because they no longer have to “deal” with their own children all day for the next 9-10 months!
I can understand this type of behavior coming from the unsaved, those who do not understand nor care for the laws and commandments of God – but from those who claim Christ and claim to obey and serve Him…how can they be so excited to live in utter disobedience to His Word?
An Article on Answer In Genesis Website entitled “Is Public School an Option?” makes a good point about the school system that we are placing our children into. They give examples of what the National Education Association has either already implemented in your local school district, or the things that will be only a matter of time before they do implement.
~ The NEA pushes educational programs that increase acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, regardless of the parents’ views
~ The NEA believes government schools should supply family planning instructions and resources directly to children
~ The NEA opposes parental efforts to restrict obscene and offensive books in school libraries and classrooms
What you read above are only a few of the things that the NEA is trying to push in the public school arena, and in many districts, have already successfully implemented. How can we of good conscious choose to send our children to such places? Are we so insane as to send our children as sheep among wolves?
We are supposed to protect and guard our children and their innocence and purity – and yet so many parents are sending their children off to be educated by the Cultural Marxists!!!
“If you send your children off to be educated by Cesar, do not be surprised when they come home as Romans”
~ Voddie Baucham
I love the above quote by Voddie Baucham because I feel as if it summarizes everything about the school system. We as parents have unrealistic expectation so many times, thinking that even though we send our children off to those who HATE Christianity and HATE everything about Christ and what He represents, that our children will not come back with the same attitudes and beliefs. You will not be able to combat with an hour a day or prayer and “devotions”, the 8-9 hours per day of indoctrination that your children are sitting through, as well as the hours upon hours of indoctrination that is coming from the movies, music, books and television shows that they are watching that is teaching them the exact same things. Lets just say though that if by some miracle your children DO walk away still as Christians, which would be very rare seeing how 88% of children leave the faith after high school, they will not be unscathed and will have remnants of what they were taught hanging around their subconscious mind and those things will then be reenforced back into them once they head off to “University.”
Parents do not realize how vital those first 18 years with their children are, and how fast those years go by. The minds of our children are SO impressionable during these times and this is why God has commanded us to choose this time to train up our children in HIM! We need to seize this time to teach our children a biblical worldview, not just for 30 minutes a day or even an hour a day, but through us constantly modeling it to them while they are by our side. How can we do that if they are away from us SO much? If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is simple, we CANNOT.
Now lets consider what Luke 6:40 says :
“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
Hmmm…now considering that we realize that the majority of teachers are indoctrinated themselves and while some intentionally indoctrinate children, others simply do it because they do not know any better. Still, are these people those whom I want my children to grow up and become like? For the most part, no. I am not belittling or attacking all school teachers, I believe that there are some teachers who are truly called to the work that the do by God and are where they are to minister and glorify God and to be used as a tool by Him. But sadly, that is not the vast majority of teachers, and why would I take a gamble on my child by placing them in a school system that most likely will have no one who even remotely cares about teaching on God and his principles – and those who do are not allowed to for fear of losing their jobs.
God’s truth and principles are the foundation of all truth and knowledge. Where do you think Satan would prefer our children to be taught? In the homes of their parents, where they are being taught the principles and laws of God on a comprehensive scale daily ? Or in a school overridden by moral decadence, decay of virtues, breeding for hatred of God and His laws and cultural marxist indoctrination?
Sending our children to modern public education is like playing Russian Roulette with their souls. It is dangerous and often times deadly for the children involved.
I encourage you to seriously pray and seek God. If you are not a homeschooling parent and yet you claim to be a Christian and to have children, ask yourself what it is that is keeping you from obeying the Word of God in this manner and protecting and raising your children like you should.
I will leave off with a few excellent messages by Voddie Baucham on this very subject and pray that God touches and softens the hearts of those who read this! Homeschooling is not always easy, but in the end the glorification of God and obedience to His Word is worth the very work that we put into it!