God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us-Selah. That your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him (Ps.67).
Over the years, I’ve witnessed hundreds of Christian families pull their children out of different schools, and decide to home school them. I rejoice in their choice, and I believe they are doing something that will be of great importance for their children in the long-term, and indirectly, the church.
I’ve also witnessed many families who commence the education of their children, through home schooling. They’ve concluded that there is no institution like their family, that can accomplish the task of education, as well.
This is a confident move, and it doesn’t automatically denote arrogance. More commonly, it’s a sign of a desire to follow the example of many families in scripture and in Christian history who have chosen this mode of education. And in this, I think they should be commended and encouraged in church.
It could tread on toes for churches to encourage families to home school. But that’s what elders are responsible to do. When it comes to the downsides of Public Education, you simply have to call a spade a spade, explaining its impact on the family and church.
Elders should identify the origins, the reasons, and the desired outcomes of Public Education, and then explain why it has been a total disaster for the church and the family, over a century and a half. Advocating for home schooling may upset some compromising families, but what are faithful elders to do?
What’s more, when the church really embraces home schooling, it’s embracing something that could be the catalyst for true Christian social reform. The example of godly families in the church in this regard is of great importance. They are saying there is a limit to the role of the State, advocating that the State doesn’t have a role in the education of children, which is to be a family responsibility, only. The implications of this are profound.
If we step forward on the matter of education, what else could we step forward to, also? What about Public Health and Public Welfare, which are plainly, two other inefficient monstrosities that are a huge drain on taxpayers’ wealth.
And that’s just the start. We could keep really start wielding the knife. What if Defence, instead of being centralised in a bureaucratic government department was entirely localised? What if all those lucrative government contracts got torn up, and the defence of the nation became a local responsibility, as it generally was in Israel’s time? We’d no longer need expensive aircraft and airfields, fancy ships and submarines to go rushing about in, or lots of other military hardware, all of which is a massive drain on the taxpayer, not to speak of all the highly paid officers, employed in peacetime to do nothing. There would still be a need for defence, but on a budget of about 3% what it is today. And the efficiency would be far greater, and a militia, a greater deterrent to an invader. This is more like what the Swiss have, and it works.
Who invades them? Even though the Swiss shared a border with Germany, Hitler didn’t invade Switzerland. His generals talked him out of it, because the Swiss, with only a militia, knew how to make invaders pay dearly, and they were prepared for it.
Thus we could very well see over time, some big dominoes which have been pillars of humanism and socialism in the West, collapsing before our eyes.
Exciting and profound as this is, none of this can happen without a major shift: an increase in Christian responsibility. If families understand that an acceptance of much greater scriptural responsibility directed them to home educate their children, it will be a greater sense of Christian responsibility that permits these other idols of destruction to be brought down, too.
Economic realities may not leave us much time for reflection or consideration on these matters, for the inabilities of the modern socialist State when it comes to financial management and its ability to service its debts aren’t going away, but will actually worsen. As the patient riddled with incurable cancer finally succumbs, so the West’s socialist States will inevitably get overtaken by their debts; they are in the process of this, now.
And what will be the socialist’s reluctant commentary then? “It all came tumbling down?” It will have to be, at least if they are honest.
This means only one thing for the Christian family, and the church: we are going to have a lot of work coming our way, because social reconstruction should really begin with us. It will, if we are faithful to scripture.
As my mentor likes to say, “Power flows to those who takes responsibility.” If you want to get involved in those projects that are gospel related, that the church has ignored for a long time but should have participated in, it’s hard to predict how many will want to join you, right where you are. But that’s a matter for God to have to deal with, not us.
We can only volunteer, pray, and leave the rest with God. He will send the people when He wants to. When Nehemiah wanted to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he found some willing workers. And we can be confident that
Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to you as the dew (Ps.110:3).
Are you ready for work?