I love you. Totally, completely, with a love that burns within my heart. Which is a big part of why I’m willing to risk my popularity and “likability”. True love will risk being hated for truth’s sake. I am there.
If I saw a building on fire at the 10th floor, and you were on the 3rd floor completely unaware, to drive by and not do anything would be the worst form of hatred. But to run into the building, jump up and down, if necessary, to get your attention to tell you the building was on fire–that I would do if I didn’t even like you. But remember, I *love* you.
I believe with everything in me, that the government school system is full of faults. But the worst of these–the ones that should cause us the most pause, is the open denial of God and the attempt to educate children apart from the knowledge of Him who created knowledge itself. (“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”)
The educational system of the state, by their own admission, is NOT neutral and teaches a religion opposed to Christianity. (The Bible refers to such as “having another god before me”). It is the religion of Humanism that is taught in the classroom. (See here, here and here.) To teach a child that God doesn’t exist and that right and wrong is to be found in our own moral reasoning, is to teach a child a false religion. And Christians must recognize this abomination.
I believe that the Bible is FULL of instruction about how we are to educate our children. It is clear, from God’s Word, that our primary responsibility is to bring our children up in the admonition of the Lord, instructing them according to what is written in His Word. This is not just something to be done “around the edges” of their primary instruction. It is to be a daily, continual teaching. If we don’t do it, it is our responsibility to find someone who will. (This post, then, is not necessarily advocating homeschooling.)
The one who teaches a child (the “system” or “curriculum”, not necessarily the individual) forms that child’s worldview–his values, his belief system and his philosophy of life. Regardless of a parent’s specific efforts to counteract, at home, the godless instruction he has received for eight hours a day, and even, if in spite of that, a child’s faith is kept in tact, it does not remove his express obligation to provide his children with a Christian education.
I am not against teachers. I am amazed at the commitment, love and genuine concern for children that most teachers I know have. I was one. I know what they endure. I know how deeply they love their students. I commend them! My opposition to public school has nothing to do with the individuals there. Like many parents, they may not realize what is at the core of the state’s intentions. Or maybe they do, and they are desperate to try to make a difference. It’s a little like eating at a restaurant where the owners are secretly poisoning the food, and the waiter is doing all he can to make the meal as delightful as possible. I wouldn’t blame the waiter for my slow death.
Why do I keep talking about it? Why do I “interfere” in other people’s business? Why can’t I respect another’s choice of public schooling, just like I desire the respect to homeschool?
I “get” these questions. Here are my reasons:
1. I think the Bible encourages us to admonish one another. We are a BODY. We are members connected to each other. What we do affects us all. My choice–your choice to educate our children is HUGE and it is not an isolated choice. If my hand is injured, the rest of my body suffers from it. I believe the church universal is crippled, largely, because of our choice to let the state have such a powerful influence on our children.
2. I have the gift of prophecy. I know that sounds kooky, but it’s real 😉 It doesn’t mean I predict the future. It’s simply one of the spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12)
In a nutshell, this is what I live every day:
“…the prophet is interested in the origin and the destination– not the trip. He sees the problem and he knows the solution and he wants to help others get from where they are to where God wants them to be.” Charles Stanley“The prophet has the ability to recognize sinful behavior and a driving compulsion to confront individuals, groups and/or cultures.” Daniel Borchers
So my heartfelt message is: I cannot help my relentless efforts to bring the message to the body of Christ that I believe is life-giving–“here I stand, I can do no other”. But know as I keep proclaiming it, that there is no spirit of condemnation (it is only God who has this power). Know that I love you. In fact, that is the ONLY reason I feel compelled to wage this war with my pen.
“Thinking that education is something different from discipling our children is a sure sign that we have been ‘educated’ by the state. Education is discipleship.” — R.C. Sproul Jr., When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling