The MOST Urgent Thing for Our Homeschooling Generation (R.C. Sproul, Jr.)

R.C. Sproul, Jr., a man I highly respect and whom I consider a friend, (hey, it says so on Facebook), spoke to us, the speakers and staff, on the last night of the Christian Heritage Homeschool conference.

It was so raw and real. For one, he was tired and so were we, and he was speaking from a vulnerable place and we received it there as well.

But the message–oh the message, was so important, even though I will not articulate it nearly as well as he did.

The first generation of homeschoolers, he explained, risked being simply part of a fad that might die out in a few years. But here we are, decades later, going strong. In numbers.

But too many of us have failed to walk by the simple doctrine, “by grace alone, through faith alone.” Not openly, mind you, we would never actually say “I put my faith in…”

But to demonstrate how we often do lean on our own righteousness, he shared the analogy of the story Jesus told, challenging us to search our hearts:

Have we said, “Dear God, Thank you that I am not like other people who don’t homeschool (or don’t watch TV, or don’t wear denim jumpers–(affectionately referring to the once widely-worn homeschool uniform), or” [insert thing])?

No, he said, if we want children who will grow up servants of Christ, who will carry the cross into their generation, who will last–we had better beat our breast, unable to even look up, and cry out, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

The best we can do is to humble ourselves before our children, praising God that He forgives sinners, “of which I am chief.”

May this generation of  parents “cast aside every weight and sin which so easily besets us, and run with patience, the race that is set before us.”

9 Responses to “The MOST Urgent Thing for Our Homeschooling Generation (R.C. Sproul, Jr.)”

  1. Ginger says:

    “But the message–oh the message, was so important, even though I will not”

    You will not what? 🙂

  2. Ginger says:

    Powerful words! Homeschooling (or rather, being at home with all your kids all day) is a sanctifying work! It is so humbling as we all see each others’ flaws and besetting sins so clearly. I have become so skilled at asking my kids to forgive me. 😉
    But in all of it, I have many opportunities to point my kids back to the gospel.

  3. Lisa says:

    So sorry we weren’t able to attend the dinner for volunteers/speakers after the conference last Saturday! Kelly, my husband found this piece by Israel Wayne (another of the CH conference speakers) on the same topic that is quite good:

    May the Lord be patient with us and remind us that our salvation is not to be found in homeschooling (or the conservative movement or in denim jumpers (not even those…), but by grace through faith alone! That verse, “God be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18) is one of my favorites and always humbles me since a sinner I am.

    Thanks for sharing, Kelly.

    SDG, ~Lisa

    • Lisa–I had read that piece by Israel right before the conference and was able to tell him how much I enjoyed it when I saw him 🙂 Sorry to have missed you too-it was a great night.

  4. Jody says:

    Thank you Kelly! This is something the Lord has challenged my own heart about. I am a second generation home schooler. The Lord had to show me very clearly six months ago that I had a prideful heart. He brought me to the place of saying “Lord, be merciful to ME a sinner!” If it was not for His great mercy I would be no different than any other sinner! He has spared me much heart ache through the sheltering of my parents, but He did not spare me from my own wicked heart so that He could open my eyes to the fact that without Him I am nothing, without Him I am condemned! Thank you Jesus for the cross!

  5. Geoff says:

    We were members of RC Jr’s church years ago and were there through the time he was defrocked in 2006. I so loved his teachings it was hard to at the time for us to see that the Presbytery was correct in what they did. But we eventually began to realize what’s most important in a pastor is not that they’re an eloquent preacher but the kind of character they have. Once I made that paradygm shift it became obvious to me that RC quite often didn’t practice what he preached. With his Ashley Madison scandal in 2015 it became obvious to everyone. Then his drunk driving conviction not even a year after that especially confirmed it. For those of us who used to really admire RC Jr these things came as quite a blow. It feels like betrayal.

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