Experiences, Events, and Expressions
Those who work with counterfeit money train by studying the "real" thing. They don't study real money side-by-side with counterfeit. No, they learn every facet of genuine money. Then, when they see a counterfeit (which comes in many forms), they will instantly recognize it is not genuine. I believe this is the same with raising children. They must become engrained in what is real, in genuine Biblical truth. And, I don't think that happens by the time a child is 5 or 6. I don't believe my children can adequately learn "genuine" truth while spending the majority of their time living in a counterfeit world!
Did you know that the average child spends a total of 16,000 hours in school but only approximately 1,600 hours in church? I've also heard many times the statistic that within four years of graduation, about 88% of graduates will leave the church, usually never returning. Why? It only seems obvious that the environment where the child spends most of his time will have a greater influence on his life.....for eternity! Who did God command to train our children? The government? A secular institution? An institution that denies the Bible as the foundation of all truth, that denies God as Creator of all? I may be an "odd ball" to many in our society and even in many churches, but I take God's commands seriously. I think the outcome (88% of young adults walking away from church) of sending our children off to allow someone else to train them for the majority of their wakeful hours is risk I won't take. Christian parents must think about their children's future....think about their eternity. I ask myself, am I really doing all I can to train my children in the Lord, to fill them with the salt through the Bible, to protect them from Satan's lies and schemes, and to prepare them to be effective disciples for the Lord?
So, am I sheltering my children? Absolutely! Is that not my role as a parent? Is that not what God does for us, His children? Psalm 61:4 says, "Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings." Deuteronomy 33:12 says, "The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, who shelters him all the day long; and he shall dwell between His shoulders." I'm so thankful God wants to be and is my shelter!
Am I isolating my children? You betcha! Probably not in the sense that most think when they hear the word "isolate" though. I love the way Ken Ham explained it in an article in The Homeschool Magazine: "Whatever you do, you are isolating your kids. If children are in public school, they are being isolated; they are being isolated from being trained in a Christian environment with a Christian worldview.....I am isolating them from certain evil influences until they are filled with the salt and are mature enough to understand these influences. I am isolating them from peer pressure that might drag them down." (Spring 2007 issue of The Homeschool Magazine, Article Titled "The Question of Sheltering - A talk with Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis") So, yes, I am isolating my children from the evils of this world. But, I am also insulating them by training them to protect themselves from the world while living in the world.
I know my "story" might sound like I'm judgmental for those who do not homeschool. That is not my intention. Rather, it is simply my desire to enlighten readers of the deep seeded convictions which lead us to educate our children at home.
Besides, this is my blog....thus my opinion! ;-)