I’m not a current events blogger. You will rarely see me address current events because I do not believe they should affect how we homeschool, manage our homes, or live our lives as followers of Christ. No matter what is going on in the world, God’s Word remains true, so the way I see it, this blog doesn’t need to address the latest scandal.
However, on occasion, events take place which deserve attention here on Raising Arrows because they DO affect those of us who have chosen to stay at home and homeschool our children (the main focus of my blog).
This past week, such an event came to light, and while I do not care to rehash the details or give credence to anyone’s “side” of the story or personal opinion on the matter, I do feel THIS POST from The Gospel Coalition speaks to something we MUST heed as Christian homeschooling families – the fact that we CANNOT keep sin out.
From the article:
We begin to believe that sin and rebellion is a problem outside of our home, not inside.
We start thinking our kids are basically good and in need of moral direction, rather than recognizing that our kids are basically bad and in need of heart transformation.
We communicate to our kids that it’s ”us” (good) versus “them” (bad) rather than helping them see our family’s role as one of service (“us” for “them”).
I must admit, there was a point early on in my homeschooling career when the children were all little and I was convinced if I did XYZ, I would get perfect children. I totally missed the fact that sin is within. Put a child on a remote island, and they will still find a way to sin. Put ME on a remote island, and I will still find a way to sin!
It runs deep…in everyone. So, yes, there are bad influences, and yes, we are still supposed to parent in a way that promotes righteous living before the Lord, but not a chance are you going to avoid that sin nature. We MUST stop believing we can follow a formula or method and reap perfection.
Please note, I am not saying methods are bad, but rather the unrealistic savior-esque expectations we place on those methods. Kelly at Generation Cedar speaks to this topic beautifully in her post, Are the Duggars to Blame?
If you, for example, homeschool because you think that is the key to raising godly children, you will be wildly disappointed. If you homeschool because you think you and your children are good and everyone else is bad, you are grossly deceived. But if you homeschool because you believe God has called you to disciple your children and you believe you need lots of time to do that, and because you want to help them avoid a peer culture that hinders them from walking with the wise (as Scripture encourages), if you entrust the souls of your children to the only One who can save them while doing your part to shepherd their hearts to love Him, then your motives are pure and right.
My dear homeschool mamas (and daddies), teach your children what it means to be a follower of Christ. Teach them that sin exists and they WILL have to learn to fight it…and IT may not always be outside of themselves. Teach them to stand strong. Teach them to persevere. And teach them to be humble…please, please, please teach them to be humble.
…Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5b
Oh, how we all need that grace…