My household is coming right down to our remaining choices about schooling. Our oldest is already safely squared away at Boyce School and the Southern Baptist Theological seminary, the place he appears to be doing very well. My middlest, who’s presently in twelfth grade, has already determined that she can even head to Boyce subsequent 12 months. And that leaves simply the youngest, who’s in eighth grade. We’ve obtained two main choices left to make together with her—what she’s going to do for highschool and what she’s going to do for faculty.
Highschool comes first, in fact, so we’re simply now sorting by the choices. And whereas up to now all of our youngsters have gone to public colleges from kindergarten all the best way to commencement, that’s certainly not a foregone conclusion in terms of our youngest. As greatest we will, we’re laying all of the choices earlier than us and deciding what’s greatest for her and what’s greatest for the household. And with all these choices laid out, and a giant resolution looming, I discover myself grappling with this thought: What if God doesn’t care an entire lot about how we educate our youngsters?
Over the previous couple of many years, we Christians have elevated schooling into one of many a very powerful parts within the profitable elevating of our youngsters and, maybe much more so, of their future salvation. We made it appear as if the choice about whether or not to place our youngsters in public, Christian, or house college was going to be the figuring out issue of their future. Over these years I’ve learn many articles and discussions about schooling. I’ve participated in lots of extra. One factor I’ve by no means heard anybody counsel is that possibly it’s simply not that large of a deal. And, truthfully, I’m starting to lean that manner.
I suppose let’s imagine that the aim of parenting is to boost kids who’re well-skilled and well-adjusted to allow them to contribute to society. Then as Christian dad and mom we’ve got the extra aim of elevating kids within the self-discipline and instruction of the Lord with the expectation that they may come to religion in Christ. We acknowledge there’s some thriller to each of those objectives, but in addition acknowledge that the choices we make alongside the best way have an enormous bearing on our parenting success or failure. It strikes me that over the previous few years we elevated schooling to close the very high of the listing of things, up there with whether or not the household is dedicated to a neighborhood church or whether or not the household reads the Bible and prays collectively. However what if the best way we educate our youngsters ought to truly be 19th on the listing, and even 25th? What if it must be nestled someplace between whether or not our youngsters take part in staff sports activities and whether or not they memorize the order of the books of the Bible—elements that aren’t unessential, but in addition elements that clearly don’t have an enormous bearing on their future success and failure in life and religion.
One of many causes I’ve begun to surprise that is that I’ve been occupied with what I’ve seen over the course of my life. I used to be raised between two Christian subcultures, certainly one of which extremely valued Christian schooling and the opposite of which defaulted to public schooling. In the meantime, I witnessed the early days of the homeschooling motion and noticed many shut household associates start to teach their kids in that manner. Right this moment my church and good friend group is roughly equally divided between the three. So whereas my household has chosen to utilize the native public colleges, we all know and love (and have recognized and have liked) many individuals who’ve chosen the opposite two choices.
And have you learnt what I’ve noticed? I’ve noticed that there’s little observable distinction between the outcomes. Now, I would like to supply a key caveat: I’m pondering significantly of households who had biblical convictions about schooling and adopted these convictions to one of many choices. They believed earlier than the Lord that homeschooling can be greatest for his or her household so homeschooled, they believed earlier than the Lord that Christian education can be greatest for his or her household so Christian schooled, or they believed earlier than the Lord that public education can be greatest for his or her household so enrolled their kids in public college. They didn’t simply dump their youngsters into no matter possibility was the simplest, or the “default” for his or her subculture, or the one in direction of which they felt probably the most peer strain. Moderately, they operated in keeping with biblical knowledge and conviction. In addition they constructed different buildings into household life that might strengthen and help their kids—church dedication and participation, household devotions, private habits of Scripture studying and prayer, and so forth.
As I take into account all of the households I’ve recognized who’ve lived this fashion, after which take into account how they selected to teach their kids, I simply can’t see that one possibility persistently delivers higher outcomes than the others. I don’t see that one possibility delivers persistently worse outcomes than the others. I’ve seen youngsters raised in all these methods go on to be tremendously profitable in life and change into godly, reproducing Christians. I’ve seen youngsters raised in all these methods go on to do very poorly in life and rebelliously revoke the Christian religion. And this makes me surprise if maybe schooling simply isn’t as large an element as we make it. That’s to not say it doesn’t matter, however to say that maybe God doesn’t care which possibility we select almost as a lot as we expect he does. At the least, possibly God doesn’t care which possibility we select so long as we select on the idea of conviction after which ensure that we don’t act as if that alternative alone will make or break our youngsters.
Someway alongside the best way, we Christians started to deal with the schooling of our youngsters as whether it is the most essential factor within the success and salvation of our children. And if it wasn’t ever the most essential, it was actually at almost the highest of the listing. However I’m coming to consider it’s not almost so simple as that. I’m coming to consider that, although schooling is undoubtedly essential, what’s extra essential just isn’t the choice we make, however the foundation on which we make it. I’m coming to consider that once we function by knowledge and conviction, once we pray fervently and resolve boldly, God is keen and prepared to pour out his blessings upon us and upon our youngsters, it doesn’t matter what course we select.