What is your Biblical justification for homeschooling?
For 24 years I’ve been ask why I homeshool. I can give you a running list of all the reason. The answer I give will depend on the year, which child or children I am currently teaching, and where I am in my own personal growth. But, this is the first time I have ever been asked to back it up Biblically.
Before talking about reasons to homeschool, what is the goal of parenting?
“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Matthew 5:28-31
If this is the greatest commandment to live by, then it logically follows that the greatest goal of a parent is to teach their children to follow it.
If the goal is to teach my children to love God, and to love others, then our educations choice becomes a question of: What educational method will best enable me to teach my children to love God and love others?
Here’s why I believe homeschooling is the best method of Biblically teaching my kids:
Gen 18:19 (Lord speaking of Abraham) For I have chosen[f] him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
Deut 4:1 & 9 And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules[a] that I am teaching you . . . Make them known to your children and your children’s children
Isaiah 38;19the father makes known to the children your faithfulness.
Prov 1:8, Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
Prov. 4:1Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,and be attentive, that you may gain insight
One of the most common statements I hear from Christians –both homeschoolers, and non-homeschooler alike – is, “You must be called to homeschool.”
I actually believe the opposite to be true. I believe we are all called to teach our children, and we must be “called” to send them into the world.
For example: Moses’ mother “sent” him out – to protect him from death.
Hannah promised Samuel to the Lord’s service before He was even born, then keep her promise to the Lord when she took him to the temple. Bible scholars believe Samuel was approximately 5, or school age, when he arrived to help the priest.
I believe God has mandated the parents are to be the primary teachers, unless God “calls” us to do otherwise.
It takes time to teach a child to love the Lord and others.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The verse says to teach them diligently. Marrian-Webster says diligently means in a manner involving great or constant activity. Constant activity and great involvement takes time.
The second greatest commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Homeschooling allows me time to love others in front of my children, to love others with my children and to watch my children love others.
We often stop “academics” to minister to others.
3) Christian homeschooling allows me to teach a singular verses a dualistic Christian worldview.
When I homeschool EVERYTHING I do and every subject I teach has God at its core.
1 Corinthians 15:27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
Matthew 4:4 – But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Romans 15:4 – For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
We read because we want to know God and His Word.
1 John 2:14 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
We write so others may know God.
Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible
God created the principles that prevail throughout creation, including math. Math is a way of expressing what God has created. Every time you use math, you are experiencing God sustaining the universe.
Psalm 111:2 Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Science is defined as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Therefore science is the study of God’s creation.
Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
Daniel 4:17 to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.
History is taught so our children will see the amazing things God has done, and understand His sovereignty.
I teach my children at home because I want them to know God is the Subject of every subject. I do not want them to become dualistic in their thinking.
Dr. Christian Overman points out, “the outcome of a steady dose of secularism from Kindergarten through 12th grade may not be what you think. My biggest concern about young Christians being indoctrinated into secularism via education is not that they will become atheists. My biggest concern is that they will become dualists. … after a thirteen year dose of secularism (even via the best Christian teachers who would never speak badly of the Bible), a young Christian is most likely to come out the other end as a dyed-in-the-wool dualist, thinking the Bible is relevant to Church life and personal life, but not relevant to business, law, politics, medicine, or driving a bus, because it wasn’t relevant to language arts, history, social studies or sports.” http://darrowmillerandfriends.com/2013/03/11/dualism-hidden-effect-secular-education-christian-children/
4) Homeschooling allows me to teach my child to think and confront the world where it is at.
When I was a young homeschooler, I heard a veteran homeschool mom speak. She said that her kids would bring their college books home to her so she could go through them and point out what was Biblically inaccurate in them. My first thought was, “You have failed at homeschooling.” I determined then, that when my kids left home they would be able to discern for themselves what was Biblical and what wasn’t.
I want to my children to have a superior grasp of Biblical Theology (after first having a growing passionate relationship with the Lord). I also want them to have an understanding of cultural norms and prevalent philosophy. I then want them to be able to articulate the Biblical truths to the people who live in our current culture.
Ephesians 6:19 Pray also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, (Prayer for my kids)
Two Biblical examples of this are:
Daniel – was a young teen when taken from his Biblical family and land and placed in a secular culture, yet he was able to stand for the truth of God’s word and had a huge impact on the culture in which he was placed.
Paul – In his Mars Hill Sermon, he uses references to the prevalent religions, cultural reference, and logic to prove the existence and need for God.
5) Homeschooling allows me to impact the next generation for Christ.
Judges 2:10 “And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done . . .”
I may offend some here … My generation of Christian parents are failing.
A personal example: Our son just went to a major university in the Bible belt. At college orientation the students broke into small groups of twenty. They talked about diversity. They were ask to identify with a specific religion or belief system to show diversity. THREE students out of twenty said they were Christians. And this is the Bible belt!
- 97% students graduating high school are Biblically illiterate
- 88% of Christian teenagers are leaving the church by their second year in college
- 80% of teens who claim to be “born-again” do not believe in the existence of absolute truth
- 63% don’t believe Jesus is the Son of the one true God
- 58% believe all faiths teach equally valid truths.
- 51% don’t believe Jesus rose from the dead.
- 65% don’t believe Satan is a real entity.
- 68% don’t believe the Holy Spirit is a real entity
- The number one goal of Christian parents for their children is that their children would get a good education. Only half as many parents considered their children’s having a relationship with Jesus Christ as important as their child’s education.
I homeschool because I want my child to be in the minority. I want my children to be Biblically literate, to go to church, to believe God’s Word is absolute truth, to believe in Jesus as the only Savior and only way to God and heaven.
I homeschool because my number one goal for my kids is that they love God and when that conflicts with academics – God comes first. I remember being incredibly nervous when I dropped my oldest son off at his SAT test. I thought of all the ways I had failed and all the things I should have taught him. I worried he wouldn’t get into college and it would be my fault. Then God spoke to me – one of the few times I have heard Him audibly. God said, “It doesn’t matter if he is CEO of a company or a cashier at McDonalds – He loves me and others.”
There’s my Biblical justification for homeschooling, but in reality there is NO biblical mandate to homeschool. ALL of these points can be accomplished by purposeful Christian parenting in any educational setting. It’s just easier to accomplish when I have more time with my child, and my child is not exposed to as many unbiblical teaching at an early age. ALL parents are called to disciple their kids to God, and we should encourage one another to do so – no matter what school choice we make.
Now, If only I was ask to back up EVERY major decision and life choice I make Biblically, maybe I would always make wise choices.