This is mostly so it’s up here for me to reflect back on when doubt creeps up on me about whether or not I can do this. You also can do this. If I, a deaf mother of special needs hearing children can do it, so can you. Onward to the Bible verses that jumped out at me. If I see more Bible verses that confirm God’s Will, I will add them to this same post so it’s in one place.
Matthew 12:30- If you are not for Jesus, you are against Him. With God banished from public schools, I don’t want my children to be exposed to an education devoid of God. It should be a Holy-Spiritually enriched learning on their path to wisdom. I pray that my children should be 100% for Jesus. There’s no such thing as neutrality. Either you are for Jesus or against Jesus. Education, after all, is for a purpose. However, if the end purpose isn’t centered on God, then it ends up being a godless education producing godless results. It shouldn’t be about the state, but about serving God. If I don’t fill their thirst for knowledge with God, they will satisfy her thirst elsewhere and these will turn out to be her idols. I want to raise my children to be a hundred percent unflinchingly for Jesus, our Savior. Public schools in my area would not foster that goal because they do not offer a biblical-centered education and go as far to discourage teachers from presenting the Christian worldview of many topics that will form their opinions as grown adults.
Romans 12:2- If my children are not supposed to copy the customs/behaviors of the world, then I shouldn’t make it even harder to resist peer pressure by having them in public schools, away from our watchful eyes. They will face a lot of pressure to conform to the world’s standards, it’s just a fact. However, I CAN shelter them from the world until they are able to understand what it is that they want to stand firm on. They are to allow God to transform their minds and a public school is not conductive to this environment. They need to learn how to test which is good and pleasing. It becomes each of my child’s own decision. Not mine. And not other people around them. My son’s and my daughter’s decision alone.
Colossians 1:9b- We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom….. as the verse points out that it is God that will nudge and give us each the full understanding of what to do with our lives… in school, they try to fit you into ready to go molds so that they can push you through the cookie-cutter education. How can I give my children a well-rounded sense of purposeful living if they each don’t get time to simply be? It’s during these idle times that God will whisper to their spirits. The first part of this verse is something I can actively do. Pray ceaselessly for my children to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. The second part, I have to just let it happen in God’s time.
Proverbs 1:7- Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. With the fact that God isn’t allowed in public schools, how can I expect my children to blossom into their faith and beliefs if they don’t grow up with constant awareness of God?
Proverbs 9:10 pushes it further by stating :Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy Spirit results in understanding.” Why would I want to put them right into the middle of an educational environment that stifles their right to draw on the Holy Spirit?
Psalm 119:97-105 reinforces the fact that God’s Word is crucial to raising godly children. Some families have family bible study every night. Michael just isn’t that kind of father, so it has to come from somewhere else; and that’s homeschool in the Biblical method.
2 Timothy 3:15… You have been taught the Holy Scripture from childhood. It’s right there in the Bible. God wants us to have our children grow up learning about God’s Word. I can’t afford the Christian schools around here, so that leaves homeschooling. Scriptures must be the foundation of all studies and the guide to all decisions. Public schools do not use the Holy Scriptures as the foundation for their curriculum.
Deuter 11:19- again, it’s right there in the Scriptures- “Teach them to your children. Talk while at home, when away on trips, and when you are laying down and when getting up again.” It IS the Biblical model to keep children with us as much as possible so they can learn by example and by talking to us about their thoughts. (Deu. 4:9 is similar commandment)
1 Peter 1:15… but now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God, who chose you to be his children, is holy. Everything includes everything. Even what I do with my children’s education. My ultimate goal will be to be separated to God and give our lives to serving God. If we want to serve God, we MUST be set apart and be holy in all we do. Biblical education will give our children the solid foundation upon which they will be able to distinguish good from evil, truth from falsehood, right from wrong, and holy from filthy.
Luke 20:25 Jesus says give to the government what’s theirs and give to God what’s His. The children are HIS! Therefore, who am I to “give” my children to the government instead of to God?
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 I will be able to ensure they are walking in the truth by homeschooling them using a prayerfully chosen curriculum that God led me to.
We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching our children with all wisdom, so that we may present all our children whole and complete in Christ. To this end we labor as parents, struggling with all the energy Christ provides us through his Spirit, which so powerfully works in us as fathers and mothers. (adapted from Colossians 1:28-29)
Bring your children up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord…Ephesians 6:4 What instruction has been approved by the Lord? His own Word is sufficient for instructing and disciplining our children.
As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 How will we have time as a public school family to truly sacrificially serve the Lord?
We will not hide these truths from our children, but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord. Psalm 78:4 Even Christian teachers are not allowed to share the truths with their students. More and more of our next generation has not heard the truth because it has been so effectively hidden from them.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will direct your paths. This encourages me to take the difficult path. My Lord has put it on my heart to keep my children close. When I obey and seek his will, my God will direct all my paths. It will all work out, even when I don’t see how it possibly can. My own understanding is not sufficient to be a good home educator. It’s a fellowship with Jesus.
Matthew 6:33-34 He will give you all you need day to day if you live for him and make the Kin-dom of God your primary concern. (If I automatically send all my children to school, am I living for God or for society? How do I make the kin-dom of God my primary concern and my children’s primary concern? Christian education, be it Christian school, home education, or a mixture.) I’ve mulled over this. I sent my children to early special education due to my doubts about being able to educate special needs children. That situation worked out at first, then became a bad situation. I made the school my primary concern and God distanced himself from us. When we pulled my daughter out with plans to pull our son when he’s developmentally 6-7 years old, the stress and problems went away with our children. They both still are autistic, they both still have special needs, but I chose to make God my primary concern. He’ll make it work out.
Romans 8:5-8 (my paraphase) Those whom are primarily around others dominated by the sinful nature and falsehoods will think about sinful things; but those who carefully control their environment by surrounding themselves with things filled with the Holy Spirit will think about things that please the Lord. (What do they think about in public schools? Ungodly things, such as evolution, sexuality, literature that promotes ungodly values such as homosexuality, etc . This isn’t the fruit I want to see growing in my children.) I allow my children to attend Sunday school, away from me. I might change my mind later when they’re older. I carefully choose the environments my children are in.
Romans 12:1-2 Our bodies belong to God. Our bodies are living and holy sacrifices. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of others, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. At home, my children will be able to blossom into the people that they already are. I am excited to witness this transformation.
1 Corinthians 2:14 But people whom aren’t Christians cannot understand these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means. (Of course I’ve got a lot of people that do not understand my convictions about putting my children into public schools- I just have to expect a lot of resistance when I walk the path that is narrow and straight; God’s way.) Even this very note I’m writing will rub these people the wrong way. God prompted me to write this, mostly so that I have a reminder of Bible verses confirming this decision on the future hard days that will come.