and His principles. God has gifted us with
these sons and daughters to raise, and we
want to be good stewards of that fearsome
responsibility. We are raising His children
after Him. They should be like Him. They
should reflect Him. Home education allows
for the time and daily opportunities to build
the right foundation on God and His Word.
We will see God’s principles of teaching from
the Old Testament to the New.
Psalm 78: 1-8 gives a declaration to the
people to make a generational commitment
to passing down God’s commands to their
children and their children’s children:
We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to
come the praises of the LORD, and his
strength, and his wonderful works that
he hath done. For he . . . appointed a
law in Israel, which he commanded our
fathers, that they should make them
known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even
the children which should be born; who
should arise and declare them to their
children: That they might set their hope
in God, and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments (v. 4-7).
One of the tricks of the enemy from the
beginning of time is to make us question
what God said. Did He really say not to
associate with fools, or to come apart and
be separate, to not be spoiled by the philosophies taught by men? Did God really
say that parents should teach their children
“Wherefore come out from among
them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord” ( 2 Corinthians 6:17).
“Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after
Christ” (Colossians 2: 8).
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,
in the midst of a crooked and perverse
nation, among whom ye shine as lights
in the world; Holding forth the word
of life” (Philippians 2: 15).
“He that walketh with wise men shall
be wise: but a companion of fools shall
be destroyed” (Proverbs 13: 20).
“The fathers to their children shall
make known the truth” (Isaiah 38: 19).
Why Home Education?
Besides the Scriptural principles, here are
more positive reasons:
• one-on-one tutoring
• a safe, comfortable, learning environ-
• curriculum for the child’s own pace and
• lack of peer pressure
• Godly instruction in all subjects
• time and room for creativity
• time and ability to study what they love
• space and approval to release their crea-
tive or athletic energy
• allows for music, hobbies, engineering,
and good literature
In other school settings you may find:
• pressure on the child to perform and
• immunizations and medical overreaches
• immoral environments or peers
• health and special needs issues over-
• dangerous philosophies taught
• immoral, amoral, or just poor curricu-
lum and reading requirements
• no time for rest, quiet contemplation,
critical, or deep thought
• limited time for creative or artistic pur-
How Should We Respond?
If we are feeling nudged by God to keep our
children home and raise them apart from the
world, we would do well to look at how Mary
responded when asked to raise Jesus. “Behold
the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me ac-
cording to thy word” (Luke 1: 38). Mary re-
sponded with obedience, faith, and sacrifice.
There may be those days where we only
see the sacrifice and not the blessings, so
here are a few reminders of why we are
choosing to obey:
• We are to be in the world but not of the
world. Secular education is a humanis-
tic, hedonistic philosophy based on the
tradition of men and the principles of
an ungodly world. We are called to come
apart from these things.
• The holiness of God warrants a people set
apart and separate for His use.
• We do not need to fit in. We need to have
a Biblical worldview. We are to be those
who boast in the cross of Christ, not in
anything else this world boasts in.
• Our children are not left on their own to
defend themselves against the attacks of
the enemy. We are right there with them,
protecting and training them, so that one
day they will be able to face the world on
• We are living in the fear of the Lord,
which is the beginning of knowledge
(Proverbs 1: 7-9).
• At home, day and night, we can teach our
children the things of the Lord (
Deuteronomy 6). We can build their thinking
biblically so that all they need to know
in history, science, literature, etc. is based
on a Biblical worldview.
• These children are not ours to do with
as we please; the earth is the Lord’s and
everything in it. We must determine to
raise our children for His glory.
I take this view: God put these kids in
my home for me to teach, and I will honor
that in obedience to Him, trusting Him for
knowledge that they might be prosperous
and successful (Psalm 1).
And let’s not forget that in the end, we
will reap in the future what we sow in the
What’s the Buzz About
Homeschooled children are masters of
socialization. What we really desire is to
have our children’s standards modeled after
God’s Word and not after society. Once that
is in place, they will continue to be the best
socialized children out there. Hard to do if
they are in the wrong society. If socialized
in a Godly, loving environment, they become youth who are not despised.
What we really
desire is to have our
modeled after God’s
Word and not after