BOUND WITH UNBELIEVERS
1 Cor. 6:14-18 “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.”
We, as Christians, are not to be bound (yoked) together with unbelievers. By removing our children from our direct authority and placing them under the authority of the public schools we are binding them with the ungodly, thus creating an unequal yoke in violation of God’s word. What do we have in common with, in agreement with, or in harmony with the public school system? This is a system that indoctrinates our children with the lie of evolution, teaches tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality, teaches that spanking is child abuse, encourages sexual experience outside of marriage, forbids Bible reading and prayer, has on-staff psychiatrists who push Ritalin and other psychiatric drugs to control undisciplined and inattentive children, teaches that there are no moral absolutes, pushes tolerance, and condemns the faithful Christian for judging right from wrong. How can a Christian, with a clear conscience before the Lord, put his children into the care of such a system? If your next door neighbor believed in all the ideals that the public school pushes today, you certainly would not leave your children in his care for any period of time, let alone eight hours a day, five days a week! We, as Christians, need to stop sinning and obey the Lord’s command to “come out from their midst and be separate.”
1 Cor. 15:33 "Do not be deceived: “bad company corrupts good morals.” "
It is not good company that changes bad morals, but bad company that always corrupts good morals. Do not be deceived, our children will be affected by the ungodly indoctrination given them by the “educated” teachers who supposedly know better than the average parent. Not only will they be influenced by the teachers, but also by the other children, who are mostly unbelievers who have been taught very little discipline and respect for adults and others. We, as parents, need to be very cautious about who our children associate with. There is a tremendous peer pressure among our youth to do, act, talk, dress, and to look according to the “in” crowd, which is always the way of the ungodly. As children get older there is an increasing pressure and temptation to use alcohol, experiment with drugs, and give up their chastity. Our children need to be protected from this pressure until they are adults and able to withstand. In a home school the peer pressure is not to be like all the other kids, but to be mature and to be like mom and dad. This is precisely what our job as parents is, to bring our children to maturity and adulthood. As a Christian parent, what kind of peer pressure do you want your kids to be faced with, ungodly or godly?
Eph. 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
According to this verse, who is responsible for bringing up our children? Is it the government? No! Is it the church? No! Is it the fathers? Yes! Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us that the church is supposed to establish schools for the education of our children. The mission of the church is to save the lost and then disciple them in all the Lord’s commandments. It is the parents’ job to convert and disciple their children, bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
1 Tim. 5:10 “having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children...”
One of the conditions for a widow to have been considered worthy of support was to have brought up children. The Greek word from which, “brought up children” is translated is teknotropheo. Tekno means child, and tropheo means “growth” or “to nourish.” The mother, working with the father and under his authority, is responsible for the growth and nourishment of the children, not just physically, but spiritually and academically. It is the God- given responsibility of the parents to teach and educate their children. Too many families today will send their children off to school--public or religious--for the sake of convenience. Many mothers are out in the work force earning that extra dollar so their families can pile up treasure here on earth, rather than devoting themselves to their children and storing up treasure in heaven. Titus tells us that women should love their husbands, love their children, and be workers at home (Titus 2:4-5). A mother’s commitment should be to the home and family. Part of that commitment is to home school--protecting little ones from bad influence and making sure they get the correct guidance and discipline they need. We certainly cannot trust the government schools to do this. God has entrusted this great responsibility unto the mothers and fathers.
Deut. 6:6-7 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
These verses assume that the children are under the care and authority of the parents. They are to be under our guidance and the instruction of God’s word when we sit in our house, walk by the way, lie down, and rise up. We are responsible 24 hours a day to lead our children under the authority of God’s word.
If parents considered academic achievement alone, they would have to make home schooling their choice. Home schoolers, on a national average, are scoring 20-30 percentile points higher than public schoolers in all grade levels on standardized achievement tests. Christopher Klicka in his book, The Right Choice - Home Schooling, thoroughly documents test after test bearing witness to the remarkable success of home schooling. Home-based education brings forth results that neither public nor religious schools achieve. We, as Christians, have been called to excel in all that we do. Home schooling provides the right environment of nurturing and discipline, so that our children can excel both academically and spiritually.
THE SOCIALIZATION MYTH
Many parents believe that their children need to be in the company of their peers in order to develop the right social skills. Satan has used this lie to keep many parents from schooling at home. The socialization children receive from the public school is not a good thing; as mentioned earlier, it is an ungodly socialization that seeks to conform our children to politically “correct” thinking and actions. Godly men and women have always learned to stand apart from an ungodly world, as our children need to learn. Noah stood apart in his day, when there was no one else who walked with God (Gen. 6:9). When all of Israel sinned against the Lord, Joshua and Caleb stood alone and followed the Lord fully (Deut. 1:36,38). When all the Jews were on their knees bowing to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego refused to follow the majority (Dan. 3:14-26). The Apostle Paul stood alone in Asia when all deserted him (2 Tim. 1:15). Heb. 11 tells of many faithful believers who stood apart and to whom God bears witness that the world was not worthy of them (Heb.11:38). Part of being a disciple is realizing we are strangers and exiles on the earth (Heb. 11:13). Our children do not need to be brought up with the crowd and their ungodly influence, but need to be influenced by godly parents, dedicated to bringing them up in the fear of the Lord, and by the fellowship of a sound local church. Children brought up with discipline, a good work ethic, respect, and courtesy for others will have no problem in making the transition from their parents’ home to starting their own. If they heed their parents’ instruction, based on God’s word, they will exhibit a maturity that is rarely seen among young people today.
If you want to obey the Lord by removing your children from a public or religious school, and take your parental responsibility upon yourself, where it belongs, we will help you. If you are a single parent and don’t know how you will do it, we will help make it possible.