Is there a Biblical Case for Christian Homeschooling?
Christian Homeschooling is growing more and more popular each year. The Bible teaches that a child’s education is the parent’s responsibility. Do you really want to outsource the most important thing in your child’s development to a stranger who doesn’t share the values you want your child to develop?
What does the Bible say?
Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
This passage provides an interesting contrast between provoking anger and the discipline of the Lord. This means that not only should we avoid provoking our children to anger, but that bringing them up in the discipline of the Lord will help them to not be easily provoked to anger. The key is God’s instruction, not just avoiding doing the wrong thing. When our children learn to be disciplined and follow God’s instructions of love and truthfulness, they are less vulnerable to negative feelings and emotions. It is also shown to be the parent’s responsibility to make sure this happens. That may not necessarily mean they do all the teaching themselves, but it is at least their job to make sure it is done right.
1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived! “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
While some schools are certainly more radical than others, public schooling has become increasingly less accepting of traditional values in favor of post-modernism and secular humanism. These sorts of dangerous ideologies led to many of the human catastrophes that occurred in 20th century Russia, China, and other Communist regimes. If you examine the modern public school curriculum, you can see the seeds of this type of collectivist worldview being sowed into our public education system.
Spend more time with your children
The average student spends over 6 hours a day in public school. Do you really want to give secular, government-run systems access to your kids for over 1,000 hours a year? School-aged children are more susceptible to peer pressure and outside influence than any other time in their life. While you don’t want to shelter your kids from the whole world, Christian homeschooling gives you the opportunity to make sure your kids are safe and equipped with the right knowledge to be strong individuals who love their country and are rooted in the love and wisdom of Christ.
Deuteronomy 6:7 – And you shall recite them to your children, and you shall talk about them at the time of your living in your house and at the time of your going on the road and at the time of your lying down and at the time of your rising up.
Education doesn’t stop when school is over. In fact, we never stop learning. This passage shows us that we should also never stop teaching. We should be bringing our children up in the wisdom and teachings of the Lord at all times, in the way we live our lives and in the instructions we give our children. The school day is a big chunk of time where you don’t have the chance to influence your children in a positive way. No one knows your children as well as you do, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. Christian homeschooling allows you to ensure your children are growing in both knowledge and in faith.
Christian Homeschooling can teach your children values they will pass on and carry through their lives.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
The lessons our children learn in their youth get carried with them throughout their lives. As good lessons give them lasting wisdom to help guide them through life, bad lessons or untruth can cripple them throughout their lives and lead them to ruin. No good parent wants to see their child suffer or live a broken life. The lessons they take with them from childhood will either be their compass or be their downfall. Make sure you train your children in the right way. Christian homeschooling provides a great path for you to do this.
Genesis 18:19 [God said], “I have chosen him, that he may [direct] 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.”
Part of the reason God chose Abraham is that Abraham would not only listen to God (most of the time, at least) but teach his children to know and follow God as well. God wants to bless us and the generations that follow. It is important that we pass along these values so our children will be able to pass them on for generations to come. This way, God’s blessings, wisdom, and love can spread throughout humanity. Our chief calling, to spread the gospel, begins in our homes with our children.
2 Timothy 3:15 From childhood you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Timothy was a great leader in the early church. Paul recognized this and pointed out that it was Timothy’s childhood knowledge of the scriptures that provided him wisdom and salvation. Because Timothy knew God was the source of the wisdom of the scriptures, he could have faith in them. If we give our children that same level of confidence and knowledge, they will be equipped to live their best lives.
Where can I find a good Christian Homeschooling program?
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