Are Your Children Being Educated Against Your Beliefs?
By: Gen Wright
Are your children being educated against your beliefs?
It's easy to sit on the Christian bench and assume that those who are friends with the world are already in the world, and that's true; but it's also possible to put people into a position where it's much more difficult to avoid being sucked into it.
One way that that can happen is by sending our children to public schools. It is well-known that government-funded education is, and has been for decades, on a mission to remove God from the schools. Removing Him and hating Him are synonymous. We delude ourselves if we think otherwise.
It must be remembered, too, that not all children who grow up in Christian homes are Christians when they start school. In fact, there are many who remain unsaved throughout their school days and on into adult life. And so if we want to help them love God and hate the world, then we need to make sure that they are in an environment that is most likely to lead to that. It's ludicrous to suggest that innocent children without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will somehow seek righteousness in a world that is doing all it can to be unrighteous; and it's equally foolhardy to send an immature Christian into the lion's den of the world if it isn't necessary.
Children spend more than 1000 hours in school every year. Assuming that the average kid sleeps about 12 hours per night, that's 25% of their waking hours; and because that time is during the day, it's also the when they will be the most attentive. In other words, their minds will be the most receptive to what they learn in their school simply because of the when they're there.
For kids who are in a decidedly non-Christian environment, who are being taught by people who neither fear God nor depend upon His Word to govern their lives, are we not throwing our kids into a spiritual battle that they cannot win?
1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us that "bad company corrupts good morals." If the company that our children are exposed to throughout the day is antithetical to Christian principles, then why are we surprised when they start to pick up playground language and behavior? What makes us think that our kids will be immune to it?
Psalms 14 and 53 - they're repeated for emphasis - remind us that only fools say that there is no God. Is that what we want our children to hear day in and day out? That God is a human invention, and that no "thinking" person could believe that such a person actually existed?
Proverbs 13:20b says that those who are the companions of fools suffer harm. When we thrust our children into the company of fools day after day after day, we are in effect saying that we want them to become friends of fools, to become friends with the world.
The antidote is to immerse them in the Bible and to make sure that they are taught its truths. A Christian school can provide this environment because, from the beginning, it has been designed to do so. Its mission is to get more of God, not less.
You have the power to choose where to educate your kids. Where will it be?