"Step one is to pull them from government schools that serve as hothouses for this kind of behavior and thinking. Step two is to reduce lavish lifestyles so that parents work less and invest more time in their children, with one parent actually staying home to make the home a safe haven. Step three is no television in the home. Television has become hostile to the things most parents want their children to believe and embrace. It is deadly to their moral development; it encourages disrespect for fathers and undermines those things that used to make families a strong, positive cultural force. The government schools and the sex and entertainment industries aren't about to fix the problem. The responsibility to properly raise children belongs to parents. The state and various interest groups have no right to develop the moral fiber of a child and, in fact, they are speedily undermining that development."
-- An excerpt from a 2005 article written by a nationally syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas.
Mr. Thomas opens a very necessary dialogue here, doesn't he?
Remember, we cannot send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come back as Romans.
What are you doing to raise your children so that they bring glory to the Lord? What is the world doing? What does the Bible say we are to do? Search the Scriptures and see how He directs you.
There may be some wonderful teachers at your child's school (I know some amazing teachers and count it a blessing), but if the system is run by the government and there is no room for God, then that system is broken and in need of a divine healing.
Surely there will never be a consensus on this issue, but it is a conversation that desparately needs to be had among conservative Christian families. We cannot blindly continue sending our children to public schools as they are. We must do something drastic, something different, if we are to effectively disciple our children.
This is a time for training our children, discipling them, preparing them. They are not ready to face such extreme tactics of Satan at such a young age.... boot camp is not over, yet we send them out to battle, and they are being massacred right in front of our eyes. Don't believe me? Research finds that 88% of children raised in evangelical homes now leave the church by the age of 18.
I refuse to sit back and allow my children to be one of these statistics. My face is on the floor as I seek God's direction in every area of their growth and discipleship. People may laugh, we may be thought of as strange, we may even be ostracized, but God has given us children so that we would raise them to be godly (Malachi 2:15). We intend to do our absolute best.
Please pray with me that there is a greater burden for Christian, biblical education among our families, children, and churches.
I am on my knees. Will you join me?
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