Behold, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves (I Sam.14:11).
Children don’t belong to the State, they belong to God. This means that the State has no responsibility in scripture to educate children, for they are a trust from God to be educated by their parents, for Him. Our task as godly parents is to teach them to “…rule and have dominion…” (Gen.1:26-28).
Behold, children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward (Ps.127:3).
The most effective and efficient way for Christian parents to educate their children, is to home-school them, taking full responsibility. This is what Noah and his wife did, Abraham did with Isaac (see Gen.18:17-19), and this is what we should do, too. It’s not hard to do, and there are Christian curriculums available, beginning with teaching a child to read-the ABC’s. If you are a godly parent, and you can read and write, you can do it.
This is one of the ways that the Christian family asserts its very vital independence from government, and is also one of the most foundational and powerful, both in the short and long term. It means that we change the religious and ideological mindset of our children to a God-honouring, Bible-based one. They become independent thinkers who are capable of taking responsibility and making wise choices, not subject to political correctness, along with the other forms of false thinking of our modern era.
This is one of the prime tasks of godly educators. Paul spoke of
…destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (II Cor.10:4-5).
When a child has been educated to believe that God, Who made the world in six days and upholds all things by the word of His power, has created them for His purpose, and that they thus have meaning, dignity and a positive future in this world and the next, the outcome is entirely different.
The growth in home schooling has been slowly taking place in Australia for 30 years. It has quietly developed a public profile, even though resisted and opposed by government departments in all States, who have the legislation on their side.
Very soon now, people in high places will do their sums and say:
It’s costing governments a fortune to fund all these schools, but those home-schoolers are doing it for nothing, and doing a good job too. When do we stop funding all those schools, get out of the way and let parents to do it all themselves?
When governments cannot control the education of children anymore, it means they cannot manipulate education any more, for their own purpose. Of course they resist this kind of change, while the church and the electorate permits them to do so. But they cannot resist when the church (followed by the electorate) votes with its feet and walks away from all the State registered/sanctioned schools, that are entirely dependent on government funding. Then, the game will be up.
Yes, there will be fierce resistance to this from the “Christian” schools. Why would this be? Over 80% of their funding comes through the Department of Education, and they will logically fight to preserve this funding. No funding-no school. We ought not expect them to be throwing down the palm fronds before us, singing “Hallelujah!”
Departments of Education will also fiercely resist changes to the status quo, but their responses then become entirely predictable. They are only trying to protect their turf, but by then it’s too late.
Departments of Education and private schools will behave predictably, just as the chief priests and Pharisees did in response to Jesus:
If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation (Jn.11:48).
Independent people are powerful people, very difficult for governments to manipulate. When they can go their own way apart from government, they most certainly will do so, and they will probably raise children who will go the next step. That will mean greater liberty, the growth of knowledge, and the strengthening of the church. Wow!
Every long journey begins with a few small steps. Is it time for you to begin to take responsibility for your children’s education?
I’ll help you. Look up my education website: www.hebron.com.au