on his young heart. It’s not wrong to learn
Latin and Greek; in fact, I enjoy imparting those to my kids and they are very
beneficial. But any time we put more
priority on the jot and tittles than on the
Calligrapher Himself we are doing a disservice to our children and to our calling.
“We are Christian homeschoolers,” you
say. “We read a verse every morning to
our children and we pray over our meals.
We study character qualities monthly and
we go to church weekly. Certainly our
children will turn out to be Christians
as well. They will be Christians because
we are.” I’m sorry to say that some homeschooled children are not maintaining
their parents’ faith when they reach that
certain age where they break out on their
own. And why not? Wasn’t God in the
house? If so, then why aren’t they taking
Him with them?
Homeschooling may promise brighter
children, but it is not a guarantee of their
salvation. (And a note, too, that each child
must decide for himself what he believes.
Parents can do this thing right, and still
have wayward children.) Our children ultimately must do their own drawing near
to God that He might, in turn, draw near
to them. He will do the drawing to Himself, if we will lift Him up.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the
It’s How We Live
earth, will draw all men unto me”
(John 12: 32).
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw
nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye
double-minded” (James 4: 8).
It’s not simply what we teach, nor even
what we preach, but how we live . . . every
day . . . all the time. That soul yearning,
heart wrenching, thirst quenching cry
after God Himself that is seen plainly in
us will create a desire in our children to
have that same kind of intense relationship with their God. Is God really in the
house? Is He really in your house?
Homeschoolers can be very academic
curriculum-centered or educational/
philosophy-centered. And if we are, then
we are totally off center. For when God
is not central, everything else will be off.
We can raise some very smart children
who have no fear of the Lord and, in the
end, become fools. Or worse yet, they
may not leave the faith altogether, but
rather have some kind of lukewarm faith
that we may have exemplified.
Foolish or Wise?
None of us wishes “fool” to be inscribed
upon our children’s foreheads. We homeschool because we love our children and
want the best for them, and we may remember it was God who called us to
homeschool in the first place.
If we don’t want a fool, what exactly
do we want: a child who successfully
graduates from our little schoolhouse,
or a child filled with the wisdom of
God? We must continue to remind
ourselves the truth of Joshua 1:8: “This
book of the law shall not depart out of
thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate
therein day and night, that thou may-
est observe to do according to all that
is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou
shalt have good success.” Start memoriz-
ing this verse with your kids. Do it the
easy way and make it their copywork
every day until memorized by heart
and by hand. Let the kids have some
• YouVersion Bible app—daily
plans, audio readings
• The Child Training Bible
• Pathways Bible Nurture and
• Abeka: The Judges in Picture
• Bob Jones Bible Truths
• Abeka Bible Curriculum
• Alpha Omega Bible
• Doorposts (Hidden Treasures,
For Instruction in Righteousness)
• Jumpstart 3 Scripture Memory
• Hide ’em in Your Heart
• One-Year Bible Reading Charts
• Bethel Kids Worship Music
• Apologia: What We Believe
• Deeper Roots Bible
• Explorer’s Bible Study
• Scripture Memory System
• The Lord Is My Shepherd, David
and Helen Haidle