You hear the mantra everywhere: sports programs, vacations, school costs, and pop culture reflect this obsession. Yet in a society of low birth rates and latch-key kids,
it’s kind of obvious that few people consider children to be what they really are . . .
. . . a blessing from God and a vital force for building His Kingdom. (Psalm 127:3-5)
My wife Tara and I are so thankful to have parents who didn’t settle for drinking the cultural Kool-Aid in its view of children. Instead, they took a hard look at what God has to say about kids, education, and discipleship – and how they as parents should fit into that mix.
Homeschooling’s impact on our lives has been huge – and that’s why Tara and I are so passionate about inspiring others towards biblical discipleship in the home.
Biblical discipleship? But I thought CHEC was a homeschool organization?
We are! Let me explain.
Homeschoolers excel at academics. You’ve probably seen the stats that prove this. That said, what really gets me excited about homeschooling is not its ability to produce smart students, but rather the opportunity it presents to help those students love God with all of their heart, soul, and mind. As Christian homeschoolers, we believe that our primary task is making disciples for Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19).
But how do you make a disciple?
Jesus set us a pretty clear example of the best way to make disciples: He picked a few guys and spent lots of time just being with them and teaching them.
It was very much of a walk-along-talk-along kind of relationship. Reminds me of Deuteronomy 6:6-7. “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
This passage really gives us the blue print of home discipleship, the very heart of homeschooling. To be sure, the home is not the only place where discipleship should be happening. But it sure is a good place to start!
So why would God recommend this kind of walk-along-talk-along approach for teaching children about His ways? Did He just miss the memo that the best way to educate children is to line up a bunch of desks in a room and fill them with squirming kids, 8 hours a day? Not really.
I think God’s methodology of disciple-making really originates from His own character.
From the opening pages of the Bible, God makes it abundantly clear that He is a relational God. He wants to be with His people. Over and over, God said to the patriarchs and the nation of Israel, “I will be with you.”
Even Christ’s very last words on earth remind us of His promise, “I am with you always…”
Now, suppose a parent’s actions communicate to a child that “I’d rather not be with you.” Won’t it be hard for the child to picture a God who wants to be with him? You see, biblical discipleship is built on the idea that we help others to understand and know a relational God within the environment of relationship. And that is where homeschooling comes in!
That’s why we homeschool:
We believe it can be the best way to relationally disciple our children towards their Savior, Immanuel.
Wherever God has you in your journey as you consider homeschooling, remember God gives special honor to those who prioritize the disciples of Jesus Christ – even the little ones. (Matthew 10:42) And you will certainly not lose your reward if your life is spent turning your children to Righteousness.
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;
and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3)
Carrying on the Vision,
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