To Home-School or Not to Home-School
Is That Really the Question?
Historically, the principles of an American education were taught inside of the family. Literacy was pushed so that one could learn to read the scriptures. Though education did vary from the northeastern U.S. to the southeastern portion, education did not begin as an institution. Moreover, the reason for being educated was to be enlightened by God. The hope was to continue living a life characterized by Him and His goodness.
Modern education seems to have forsaken the primary purpose of literacy. The rudimentary reason for ensuring our children receive a quality education is so they can know God and go out and make Him known to the rest of the world. Formal education was designed to be but a mere instrument -- a tool used to help us know God more deeply.
Therefore, let us not divide ourselves into groups of people that homeschool versus groups of people that do not. Instead, let us all function as one people under God who take personal responsibility for the biblical worldviews our children possess. All need to be fully aware of the chief end of man. That is, children need to be aware of the eternal purpose for which God created him. This fact is the same, no matter which schooling path you take. We are all called to the same end—to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Together we should desperately teach our children to cry out unto our Lord, earnestly and humbly asking that He hear them. In addition, they must be taught the importance of trusting that He will send help for their many afflictions. Instructing our children to cry out to the Lord while trusting that He will deliver them should be concurrent with showing our beloved to live satisfied with God as their portion. The question should never be, “Do you homeschool,” or, “Should I homeschool?” The question is: Are you using education as a tool that will help equip your child for the kingdom of God?
Moreover, whether you send your children to an institutionalized school or you have elected to home-school them, let it be to the glory of our God. Let us not be ensnared by comparing ourselves to one another. Let us instead compare ourselves to the One who not only set the standard, but is the standard—Christ, Our God!
(An Expression of Glorifying God)
Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you - you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
(An Expression of Enjoying God Forever)
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.