“I believe the single most important decision you make as a parent is who will educate your children and what will you teach them and allow them to be taught.”
I believe the single greatest gift, next to introducing your children to Christ and providing them a loving, stable marriage, is a home education! An education where they are loved, affirmed and secured from mean spirited harassment and humiliation, where they are given the time and attention they need and spared from the unnecessary distractions and influence of fools! A place where their uniqueness can be developed, their character molded and Godly truth instilled into their hearts and minds. Nothing will ever replace the power and instruction of a Godly mother and a teacher who is devoted just to them.
Homeschooling allows you to build a Biblical way of life and a Christian culture in your children’s lives, instead of one often infected with secularism and humanistic, progressive leftist ideology. Today in our present culture, public schools have become the place for systematic indoctrination of your children into a secular world-view and the full immersion of their person into an ungodly culture of foolishness, vulgarity, sensuality, carnality, and immature behavior. All things the Bible speaks and warns us against!
The public school system has a deliberate sex-ed agenda, a gender agenda, a world-view agenda, an origins agenda, an environmental agenda, and they are all the exact opposite of God’s agenda in these areas. Let me state emphatically that home education does not guarantee that your child will grow up with hearts for God and a passionate devotion to Christ! Let me also state with equal emphasis that home education must be combined with Godly parenting, a spiritually passionate, Christ-following, emotionally engaged, directive father, and a spiritually devoted, Christ-following, self-disciplined, God-fearing, loving mother. In addition, parents who emphasize and build Godly character and set a Godly example themselves, who have their family consistently involved in a new testament church, who are devoted to doing good for others, being lights in this world, living with a missionary mindset and a biblical worldview, who are devoted to the word of God and prayer. This does indeed offer the closest thing to a guarantee you will ever find and the best possible chance that your children will grow up with a heart for God and devotion to following Christ.
After raising four children myself, carefully studying the data, observing thousands of families first hand, and a careful study of the scriptures, given the present cultural realities and the present state of our public education, I believe this is your very best chance for raising your children to follow Christ all the days of their life. The research and statistics, as well as personal experience, make it abundantly clear that the home education model, when combined with the above ingredients, offers you the closest thing to a foolproof guarantee you will ever find. I believe that homeschooling is the greatest tool we have for raising Godly children.
I believe that home education, whenever possible, offers the best option for raising Godly children as it provides multifaceted opportunities for a mother to train her children in character development, life skills, interpersonal skills, and academic necessities. It allows the mother the time needed with her children, to nurture, guide, shape, and train them in life’s most important lessons. It provides the time necessary for a mother to imprint her Godly life upon her child.
Pastor Mark Darling
Listen to the message called “Why Homeschool?” for more details.