Some questions that keep coming back to my mind — over and over and over again: Are Christians influenced by the world? If so, how much? And, more specifically: Should Christian children be sent out into the schools to evangelize?
I just recently had another discussion about homeschooling with a Christian family who believes that we should not keep our children at home but send them to public school so they could tell others about Jesus.
Yes, we need to be soldiers of the LORD’s Army and go out into all the world and make disciples and tell people about Jesus Christ. But, let’s be honest: is it wise to send out soldiers before they went through basic training? Are they send out without working weapons? Which ones would more likely succeed: the ones that have weak bodies and/or are way too young?
Some argue that we need to send our children to public school so they can be salt and light to unbelievers…
Harvey Bluedorn of Trivium Pursuit argues best:
The question is: “Will our children act as salt in the government school, to sustain, preserve, fertilize, cleanse and flavor it; or will the government school wash the taste and usefulness out of our children and make them worthless salt?” Who is teaching whom in the government school? Government educators may not always be effective in teaching academic skills, but they are highly skilled and very effective in transmitting, in ever so subtle ways, the humanist world view.
James tells us that we need to keep ourselves unstained from the world. (1:27) Are we seriously thinking that our young children can do that — keep themselves unspotted from the world while being under peer pressure and/or under the attack of a teacher who is an unbeliever?
Many (not all 😉 ) Germans are punctual. They like an uncluttered and clean home. So let’s use them as an illustration for this post: If Germans are no longer punctual, punctuality is no longer associated with Germans. Likewise, if Christians no longer live according to the Word of God, they are no longer associated with the Word — Christ Jesus.
What kind of testimonies do our lives present to the world?
We are in the world but should not be off (or influenced by) the world. God’s Word warns us:
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
Therefore go out from their midst,
and be ye separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ESV
Yes, we need to be the salt of the earth. But salt that loses (or has already lost) its savor is no longer of any use! Matthew 5:13, Mark 9:50, Luke 14:34
Yes, homeschooling is for everyone but not everyone is for homeschooling… Sadly, there are situations in life (e.g. after a divorce) when a mother or a father cannot homeschool their child/ren. This post does not at all intend to point a finger at anybody who does not or cannot homeschool. But, on the other hand, this post should be considered worth thinking about!
If you are a Christian parent thinking about homeschooling or wanting to know more about teaching (your) children, please do take time to read:
Seven Undeniable Truths of Homeschooling by Harvey Bluedorn (Trivium Pursuit)