Jesus or Homeschooling: Which is the Answer?
- Friday, October 15, 2010
Schools aren't the ultimate problem, and removing our children from school isn't the ultimate answer. Yet that in no way lessens the fact that our schools—by their exclusion of God and their acceptance of a humanistic worldview—are hastening untold millions of children along the path of destruction.
We can remove our children from school, yet they still have the same problem they had before—sin. Removing them from the harmful influences of a godless worldview and negative peer pressure is certainly worthwhile, yet it doesn't solve their ultimate problem. Only Jesus can do that.
We need to understand that the fundamental problem for any child is not environmental. A poor environment may exacerbate their natural condition, but it does not cause the condition. Thus, simply transferring our children from school to home doesn't fix the root problem. The problem isn't an environment issue, but a heart issue.
Only Jesus offers cleansing and healing for the ultimate dilemma—the problem of sin in each human heart. Public school didn't put the sin there (however much it might help draw it out), and homeschooling can't remove it (however much it might curb the outward manifestations). The answer to sin is the blood of Jesus—nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else. Salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. Only here do we find the answer to our deepest problem.
Each one of us eventually reaches an age of accountability, a time when we're capable of understanding right and wrong and are able to comprehend the message of the gospel. When this time comes, we have a choice to make: either trust Christ or reject Him. No one can do this for us. Christianity isn't genetic; it's a matter of individual faith.
This is the point at which each of our children needs to arrive—that moment of recognition that they can do nothing to redeem themselves, and that Christ is their only hope.
Even after salvation, children need their own continuing walk with God. Protecting and sheltering your children from evil influences is appropriate, but it won't remove their natural propensity toward wrong behavior.
Ultimately, every one of us has personal choices to make. Your children will still wrestle with their own challenges, their own temptations, and their own besetting sins, simply because of being human. You can't wage war against the world, the flesh, and the devil on their behalf—they have to do it for themselves. You can pray, you can provide support and accountability, but it's your children who have to stand in the strength of God against sin.
Sheltering children from negative influences is important. There's no reason to pour all the filth of this world into their minds simply because they're born sinners and are going to wrestle with sin anyway. But at the end of the day, your children are still human, and they'll still have to confront temptations in their own lives. Jesus again is the answer. Only as they submit their lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ will they have any hope of standing firm against the temptations of this life.
The problem our children have is sin. The answer our children need is Jesus—both for redemption and for a victorious life.
Where Does Homeschooling Come In?
Perhaps this leaves us wondering what homeschooling is all about. After all, if it's not the answer to our children's greatest problem, what's the point?
Perhaps it will help to think of it this way. A math equation has multiple parts. The final answer is what matters most, but we can't ignore the components that lead us to that correct answer simply because they are not the answer in and of themselves. In a similar way, we can think of homeschooling as one part of the equation. No, it's not the final answer, but that doesn't mean it's unimportant.
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