Jesus or Homeschooling: Which is the Answer?
- Friday, October 15, 2010
Like most analogies, this one breaks down if pushed too far (homeschooling isn't necessary for salvation in the same way that two numbers are necessary in a multiplication problem), but it's a simple way to express the general idea. Simply because homeschooling isn't the answer doesn't make it insignificant.
Here's another way to put it: we can't just preach Christ and ignore the principles and instructions of His Word. Yes, Jesus is the first and final answer to all our problems, but we can't live any way we choose and then simply claim Jesus as the solution to whatever mess we create.
The fact is, enrolling our children in a godless form of education will have consequences. God has instructed us in His Word to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If we ignore that command, we'll have problems. We can't educate our children the world's way, claim Jesus as the antidote, and expect positive results. He expects us not only to trust Him, but also to follow Him and His ways. Instructing our children in righteousness is part of that equation.
Consider a different scenari if a husband and wife are experiencing marriage difficulties, can they claim Jesus as the answer to their problems? Absolutely. But they can't continue in whatever destructive behaviors caused the problems in the first place. Something has to change in their day-to-day actions. Jesus can and should be the divine source, inspiration, and strength to make the changes, but the changes need to be made. The couple can't continue living with destructive behaviors, put a Jesus Band-Aid on the problem, and expect everything to be fine. Until our actions conform with our words, nothing is going to happen.
It's exactly the same way with our children. Yes, every child has a sin problem. Yes, every child needs to trust Jesus Christ as Savior. But even Christian kids all too often go the wrong direction when they're subjected to a godless education and all the negative peer influences that typically go along with it.
Homeschooling is still vitally important—not as a replacement to the true answer, but to point our children toward that answer.
Jesus Is the Reason
Ultimately, homeschooling isn't an academic pursuit, but a spiritual one. It's not about producing geniuses, but raising a generation of godly young men and women to impact our world for the cause of Christ.
Because of this, the message of the cross should be central to your homeschool. We don't homeschool as a substitute to the cross, but because of it. The message of the cross must be as central to your homeschooling as it is to the work of any missionary on a foreign field.
Without Jesus, we as homeschoolers will succeed only in raising young people to be whitewashed sepulchers—perfect on the outside, but stinking and defiled on the inside.
Homeschooling without Christ is akin to taking your children off a sinking ship and putting them in a leaky lifeboat. You may slow down the destruction, but the ultimate consequence will be the same. In either case the end result is a life sunk in the depths.
It's far better to remove your children from the sinking ship and then point them toward the only Lifeboat truly capable of rescuing any of us. That's what homeschooling is all about.
Where Is Our Trust?
As we have seen, bad schools aren't the root problem, although they often are an accessory to the crime, so to speak. This is why homeschooling is still vitally important.
As valuable as homeschooling is, however, we need to be cautious that we don't begin viewing it as the complete solution. We would do well to ask ourselves, "Where is our trust?" Are we placing our faith in homeschooling, or are we instead placing our faith in God to work through homeschooling? If we're trusting homeschooling alone, we're actually trusting our own efforts. We need to place our faith in God and in His power and ability to work through us as we perform the responsibilities He has entrusted to our care.
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