It’s the time of year where I know a lot of mothers come back to question the possibility of homeschooling their children. I thought I would share a few of my thoughts related to probably one of the most concerning issues not as heavily addressed (at least from what I’m able to find) but is a large concern for Christian parents when considering homeschool. Here is my thought, it’s not all-inclusive and doesn’t encompass all “issues” someone may have, but I thought I would leave this here. Not in my condemnation or judgment if you choose differently, but as a serious thought to consider.
Salt and Light. Will I be removing salt and light from a dark place if my children are not in the school system? Honestly, I don’t believe that sending my youngest children who are unprepared into hostile territory as salt and light among men. As even adults don’t send missionaries unprepared for their calling to troubled places. Salt and light among men can also be a teacher with problem students. A teacher among other teachers. A Parent among other parents. The leaders of the school system who guide our children are the ones we should be salt and light to, as they are the ones who determine whether or not God is allowed in school or not. Leaders who take God out of school are elected by a majority of people in our community. Salt and Light? If we as adults can’t reach our own community is it right for me to pat myself on the back as I send my children to do what I am incapable of doing?
If I believe my Bible wholeheartedly, then would I want to send my child to a Muslim school? To spend the majority of the day learning their worldview and bringing homework to continue to do while at home. Would I send them to a Mormon school? A Viking school? An Atheist school? Would God be satisfied with that decision because I wanted my child to be salt and light for Him in that anti-Christian environment?
WILL my child be salt and light or would the secular school system be a stumbling block to my little one? The Bible says Bad corrupts good, not Good makes bad better. The book of Jude speaks of being cautious with those we witness to…whom to approach, whom to snatch from the fire, and whom to be cautious of for risk of defilement. Can my child discern that? After all, my children are not in a battle with “bad” unbelieving peers, they are in a war with spiritual demonic powers. Most adults are too weak to do battle in their own peer group, can I expect my young one to be stronger?
My point related to the salt and light argument is that our children deserve and need better. And I will be the first to say, that if I put my kids in public school, I have no doubt they would not be little angels and most often, not salt and light among their peers. At their age, (especially with the youngest ones) they would most likely act just like their peers, just as I witnessed from “Christian kids” myself growing up in 9 different public schools. As I’ve also witnessed (MANY TIMES) “good Christian kids” making fun of my autistic son in Sunday School. I know, as a homeschool mom, from the time I wake up to the time I put them to bed, I have to constantly teach my children to act loving, to help their younger siblings in their faith, to stop acting like a character they saw on tv they think is funny, to not argue, lie, cheat, fight…etc. My kids need CONSTANT correction AND… ANNNNDDDD… encouragement in their faith. That encouragement in their faith is the one thing they will NOT receive in the public school system. At least not to the degree that they will need.