Thursday, June 16, 2011

Is there an absence of God in your schooling?

Q. I really respect your blog and wanted to know what you think about this...I am just starting to homeschool my son and have been connecting online with other local moms. The question of whether we should form a co-op has come up. I felt led me to ask whether the co-op will be Christian and Bible-based. Of the responses I received, some said that they would really prefer it to be Christian based but didn't want to exclude people of other faiths...that we didn't need to have all subjects Bible-based, like sewing, art or cheese making (thought that last one was funny!).

And it's interesting that I had just read your posts about associating with those continuing in sin and the scripture about bad company breeds bad company. I was also just looking now at your
Philosophy of Education post and reading about how you want to instill godly principles within your children.

I think my thoughts on this is that I'd rather it be Christian based. And yes, sewing is not Christian (as odd as that sounds), but its the whole approach and application that needs to be Christian based, focused and directed, and this is where the real teaching is. Also, wouldn't there be logistical issues when we are trying to decide whether school will be closed for Ramadan or celebrating birthdays (issue for Jehovah Witnesses..) etc.?

So anyhow. what are your thoughts and sorry for the ramble. - Erin

Each parent instills a worldview in their children. Whether this process of instilling a worldview is purposeful or accidental on the part of the parents, a worldview is passed down to their children nonetheless.

Be careful which pair of worldview spectacles you c
hoose to look through. Which pair of glasses do you regularly choose to look through from the pile that the world (and the devil) has to offer? Do you consider how the influences that surround you affect the way in which you see the world? If you surround yourself with sin (even in small amounts) or things that have an absence of God and His principles, then you are doing a variety of worldview-altering things.

First, you are telling yourself and others that God is boring or that His ways, commands, or instruction somehow waters down true wisdom and knowledge. Second, you are desensitizing yourself to sin by allowing God's principles to be pushed to the backburner and the world's principles to take presedence, which allows you to become more and more accepting of that which God hates. Lastly, your choice to engage the world in the ways that you do, pushing God into the shadows, demonstrates to your children that God is not the center of life, and that God is not interested in the "small" things that we enjoy or learn about in life. You are telling them that it is okay exclude God (which is what you are doing by allowing Him to remain absent) as long as we are doing something beneficial for acquiring "wisdom".

What is wisdom? Solomon, the most wise man that has ever or will ever live tells us in Proverbs 1:7 that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge..." Our knowledge or wisdom in life begins when we learn to fear or display reverence for God. The Bible says also, in Psalm 111:10, "The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all they that do his commandments."

So, what does God, Whom we fear, command? "This is the command...Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." [Deuteronomy 6:5-9] We are to teach our children to fear God, to love God with all our being and to TEACH this to our children...when? ALL THE TIME.

So, tell can you separate this command from walking in the Truth of God's Word every minute of every day? You can't. We all need to search for God's truths in everything we do, learn about, and explore. There is no end to where God and His truth can be found! This is His world. All within it points to the Creator. If God is the supremacy of all human knowledge, why in the world would we want to look for knowledge anywhere else to begin with?

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Rachel said...

So true. I think it is so important for us homeschooling momma's to keep our focus first on the Lord and His plans for our family. It's so easy to get swayed by this and that and this curriculum or that -- but above all it needs to be filtered through the Lord.

Thanks for a great post.

Ellen said...

Oh my....thanks so much for this post! Very well written and exactly what I was trying to get across...especially the part: "inadvertently show your children that God is not the center of your allowing Him to remain absent". Also, one "comment-backlash" that I have had is that by opening the co-op to non-Christians is an avenue of evangelism. I totally and completely don't agree with that. My "mission" in homeschooling is to teach the children and start developing their worldview...and to your pt - "that its not okay to exclude God as long as we are doing something beneficial for acquiring "wisdom" or believers". I think all we get across to these non-Christians is that we Christians don't have God at the center and are wishy-washy and will do anything to get those warm bodies in church....where is the integrity in that or the "true witnessing"?