Subscription Lists

Homeschool Helps

    by Mike McHugh

The Best Reason To Home Educate
Date Posted: December 21, 2006

Many reasons could be given as to why Christian parents should home school their children.

The number one reason why home education is so valuable, however, stems from the fact that it is the best God-ordained instrument for child evangelism and family reformation in the world. This statement may come as a surprise to many people, including those who claim the name of Christ, for most parents that consider evangelism important are more likely to assume that secular day schools are the best place to spread one’s faith to others. The Bible, however, clearly teaches that children are given to parents, not to school districts, so that they can be instructed and nurtured in the Christian faith each day (Deuteronomy 6, Proverbs 22, Ephesians 6). The lesson that Christian parents should have learned long ago, is that children who are sent to the secular government schools as missionaries are far more likely to lose their faith than share it. This fact simply underscores the need for parents to get back to their fundamental calling as the primary evangelist to their own children. The urgent need for more parents to assume their role as spiritual nurturer is tied directly to the fact that Christian families are losing the war for their children’s souls due to the destructive influences of secular education.

Almighty God intends for His sheep to graze in pastures, not minefields. When parents fail to pick up the mantel of spiritual leadership over their children and willingly cause their children to sit in the seat of scorners, they have no good reason to expect the blessing of the Lord. How easy it is for fathers and mothers to forget that their lives, as well as their children’s, are not their own. Children are a heritage of the Lord--- they are His possession. To permit a child to be trained without reference to Christ, therefore, is not only foolish, it involves one in the crime of kidnapping! God expects parents to take reasonable steps to guard and defend the souls of the children that He has entrusted to them. Those parents who fail to faithfully steward the souls of their children, will be judged right along with those teachers who actually mislead or offended the little ones. Parents who walk in the fear of the Lord know in their hearts that the millstones of judgement are reserved for all those who have a part in leading little ones away from Christ.

The Puritans of New England regarded the Christian home as the "nursery of sainthood". If Christian families living in the twenty-first century are to experience the blessing of Almighty God, they will also need to embrace this same view. The pathway to blessing is, after all, clearly marked out for God’s people in the opening verses of Psalm one: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."

There is no better way for parents to train a soul for eternity than by the vehicle of home education.

"The Way" from Kevin Pauley

Godly Grandparenting

Read Article »
Biography Information:
This column is written by the staff at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, Illinois. As a pioneer in the homeschool movement, Christian Liberty ministries has been operating a full service, K-12 home school program for over thirty years and a Christian textbook ministry (Christian Liberty Press), since 1985. The mission of Christian Liberty is to provide parents with quality, affordable educational products and services that will enable them to teach their children in the home and to train their children to serve Christ in every area of life. A more extensive explanation of the CLASS home school program can be obtained at www.homeschools.org.
Got Something to Share?
LiveAsIf.org is always looking for new writers. Whether it is a daily devotional or a weekly article, if you desire to encourage others to know Him better, then signup to become a contributor.