April comments on What About Socialization:
I have never read your blog before, but stumbled upon it today. I enjoyed and agreed with a lot of what you had to say, but I was troubled by your comment about sending your son to school with all the heathens. My husband and I have looked into the possibility of homeschooling once we have children, for various reasons. So I have no problem with homeschooling. Where we need to be careful is in our attitude toward it. Are we keeping our children home so that we can train them up in the way they should go, or to keep them away from the heathens? While I don't agree with some who would say that you have to send your child to public school so that they can be missionaries to the other students, I do agree with the life of Jesus. It was the religious teachers that he rebuked, and it was the sinners that he loved and reached out to. He did not condone their sin, and he did not join them in it. But he did not take the disciples and camp out in a cave to hide them from the sinners. He sent them into the world, to be a light, and to proclaim the gospel, and to make more disciples. Remember, the heathens are not our enemy. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12
I hope I have not offended anyone in a personal way--my intent is to speak the truth in love.
My heart breaks for you and your son as he struggles with his faith. I have been in his shoes, and they are very uncomfortable. I will pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to pursue him as He did me.
April, Thank you for leaving a comment!
We chose to homeschool our children because it was/is OUR duty. We have never camped out away from the ones in need. We have been relief parents for a children's home, we have had exchange students in our home, we have been part of many outreach programs and we even have lost family members we spend time with.
By no means do I think we should hide our candle under a bushel. If you are a Christian you will want to engage your culture, you want everyone to have the peace and joy you have, you want them to know Jesus!!! BUT you do not want to be part of the culture, such as handing your athority and responsibility concerning your children over to an atheistic system with books and activities that are anti-God. There is a difference between ministering to the needy and conforming to their ways. And if you want to make a passing grade in a government class room, you better be ready to conform and answer the questions the way they want, not what is necessarily truth.
Wow...I know I am off on a rant here, but I want you to understand that I do not hold ill feelings towards government schooled kids...NOT AT ALL! I do hold disgust for the system.
I so appreciate your gentle and KIND spirit in your writing. It is obvious that your faith is real. Please feel free to comment anytime. I enjoy your perspective!
btw...I do see that God is moving in my son. God is faithful! Thank you!