Whether you firmly believe that you should homeschool your children in your own home, you are just homeschooling out of necessity or you don't homeschool at all, I'd like to give you some "food for thought".
While traveling to Arkansas last weekend, Hubby and I were listening to the Bible on his MP3 player. We heard these words,
"...guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge. By professing it some have strayed concerning the faith..." (NIV)
My children immediately came to my mind. They have been "committed to my trust" and Paul told us in I Timothy 6:20 to "guard" them. Now I understand that many things are in our trust but as a mom I found this applicable to me.
I looked up "guard" in Websters Dictionary and the definition is to
"watch over or sheild from danger or harm; protect".
Paul admonishes us to avoid the "contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge". I went to Westers again to find the meaning of "avoid". To avoid something means to
"stay clear of, keep away from, prevent from happening or refrain from doing".
That is pretty clear, but what are the "contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge"? (The KJV calls knowledge, science.) Websters also said that a contradiction is
the "opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas".
"...protect your children...staying clear from the conflicting ideas of what is falsely called knowledge/science..."
You might say that is quite a stretch, but what if Paul were warning parents of this?
The very next verse says that "by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith." Christianity and the opinions of the world are like oil and water; they just don't mix. You can believe one or the other, but rarely can you believe both. They indeed are "two conflicting ideas". So why would you place an immature Christian, your child, where they would be taught ideas contrary to the Word of God? How can you protect their shaping minds if the majority of the time they are with those who do not share the same opinions you as a mature Christian have developed?
Let me be very plain.
Why would you entrust your child's opinions, world view and character to the worldly ideas of our public school system?
You may argue that there are many Christian teachers and you trust them. What about the countless hours they spend rubbing shoulders with other kids who definately have an influence on them? And the teachers still have to teach the curriculum they are given. Does it line up with what the Bible says? If your child spends approximately 40 hours a week being taught, yes, reading writing and arithmatic, but also the doctrines of the world, is the 8-10 hours they spend in Sunday School and church enough to ensure they have a more Biblical worldview? It can be done, but should it?
I want to "protect my children...staying away from the conflicting ideas of what is falsely called knowledge...so they will not stray from the faith..." Homeschooling your children does not ensure your child a one-way ticket to Heaven, but it does ensure that they will get an education that will equip them with the tools they need to fight the enemy when they are more mature and ready to face a challenge.
The end of this school year is just in sight. For those whose children are in the public schools, I pray God gives you strength and wisdom. For those schooling your children at home, I pray God gives you strength and wisdom. As we approach the finish line, don't despair, God is with you. He's there to help you as you do your best in
"guarding what was committed to your trust".
Blessings to your family!