Homeschooling: God's Calling -- Not Just a "Right"!

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Train Up a Child...

And thou shall teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.  (Deuteronomy 6:7-9 KJV)

Whereas some prefer to focus upon the concept of homeschooling as a Constitutional right, the Christian parent must first regard the instruction of children as a God-given responsibility.  And, while many look to homeschooling as one of many alternatives to government-funded public education, it is in reality the taking up of the parental responsibility that many have conceded to "professionals" for significant portions of the child's impressionable years.

True education occurs any place ("home and road") and any time ("lie down and get up"). The parents are to be the constant companions of their children, teaching them God's view of life at every opportunity. Every child of a Godly family will live unceasingly in an environment that is saturated by God's Word, and his parents will be creating that environment.

Since the purpose of education is to love God with the whole heart and to have His commandments lodged in the heart, the method must be one which reaches the heart. Discipleship, living with the parents -the two people to whom the child is closest-- is God's method for reaching the heart of the child.   Socialization is far better achieved by a child's parents, using Christian principles as revealed in Scriptures, than leaving the process to secular and even anti-Christian educators and peers.

All education should focus upon the Lord God: who He is, what He has said, and what He has done. Fathers are instructed concerning children to "... bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4), not the instruction of the world or of mere men, but "of the Lord."