Continued reading of the 10 Myths

Myth 5:

Children should be missionaries in the public school.

Parents are being fooled when they believe this for several major reasons. First, there is neither a Biblical command nor precedent for children to be missionaries. Second, the very purpose of a missionary requires that he be fully trained and 4 prepared to give an explanation of the scriptures and withstand the abuse and rejection that Jesus has promised from the world. A child is by definition an immature human being who is being taught how to live and think so he will be prepared to serve God effectively as a young adult.

To further refute this particular myth, two illustrations are helpful. First, let us examine a military example because the Bible gives us so many analogies of the Christian life to warfare. When have we ever thought that we should send a 6, 10, or 14 year old child to Iraq to disarm roadside bombs or negotiate with terrorists? Or let us ask a less militaristic question of how we use our children. Why do we not have our children driving cars at 10 years old or running for political office when they are 12 years old? Yes, these questions are somewhat ridiculous because the answers are so obvious! Children must have an opportunity to grow up to an age where they have both physical and mental preparation before we thrust them into such situations.

However, the Bible tells us that there are also spiritual dangers and the consequences of falling into temptations and snares are eternally greater than the physical or mental dangers in life! Christian parents must not ignore the Bible by placing their children into a battle for which they are not prepared. “The devil is like a roaming lion looking to devour someone.” 1 Peter 5:8

Additionally, Christian parents may be fooled into thinking that their child has a salt and light effect for Jesus by simply being in a non-Christian environment. Again, this is not based on the Biblical directive addressed to men and women who can be salt and light – mature Christians who are filled with the Holy Spirit and are equipped to restrain evil and bring truth. According to the Bible, God uses Christians who can share the clear teaching of His Word to change hearts and be that salt and light; something that is prohibited in the public school. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

Finally, the Bible contradicts the thinking that a well-mannered, sweet child can be a spiritual change agent. In fact, the teaching of the Bible tells us that every child is born with a sinful nature that is bent toward sinning and is not prone to honor and obey God. Rather than a sweet, young person changing those around him for the good, the Bible tells us that it is more likely that those who don’t obey and love

God will change that sweet, young person for bad. “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of will suffer harm” Proverbs 13:20

 

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Continued reading of the 10 Myths

Myth 4:

Exposing my child to ungodly thinking and actions will prepare my child for the “real world.”

This thinking is based more on the make me stronger” than anything found in God’s Word. What we desperately need for our children is the opportunity for them to learn from the Bible how to deal with the world that is filled with sin and temptation rather than becoming like the world. The Biblical directive is to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Sending spiritually unprepared children into a non-Christian environment to learn how to effectively deal with sin is just the opposite of what the Bible commands parents to do and if carefully thought through, does not make sense. Sadly, believing this particular myth has horrible consequences. Research groups such as the Barna Research Group are producing study after study reporting that 60-90% of church going high school graduates are leaving the church as soon as they leave their homes.

Furthermore, the idea that the “real world” does not exist in the Christian school is wrong. The “real world” is a world of greed, theft, anger, hate, pride, jealousy, sexual temptations, and more. All of this exists in the heart of every person at one time or another. Therefore, all of this exists in the Christian school! However, the difference in the Christian school is that the children are being taught to deal with the reality of evil in the world and in their own hearts by using the sword of the Spirit- the Bible.

It may be that this thinking is rooted in the parents’ low view of personal holiness and spiritual growth. It has been said by many Christian parents who have personally attended a public school, “I went to a public school and I turned out OK!” We have to challenge that thinking by asking what a person means when they say that they “turned out OK.” Do they mean that they got saved and are pretty good people? If that is the case, we should all agree that their “goodness” is due to the grace of God. Rather, every Christian should say, “Praise God that He saved me in spite of the life that I have had!” Should we not look back at our lives and be grieved because we did not learn and apply the truths of God at an earlier age? The correct thinking should be: “How much more I would have known and served the Lord if I began studying the Bible at 5 years old!picture3

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Continued reading the 10 Myths

Myth 3:

The public school and the Christian parent have the same goal in mind for the Child’s education so my child is not being damaged spiritually by going to a non-Christian school.

It is impossible that this particular myth has any chance of being true. Why? Because the Christian parent is commanded to raise the child in a Christian way and the public school cannot educate children in a Christian way. The Bible tells us that there is no neutral ground in this world-you are either with Jesus or you are against Him: “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” Matthew 12:30

Here we see a dramatic darkness versus light comparison. God tells Christian parents to feed children light (truth) which is only found in the Bible. The public school cannot feed them the light of the Bible and therefore the result is darkness. Education fundamentally is about learning to think and thinking informs a person’s actions. From God’s Word, we find that all truth and therefore all true education is rooted in the truth of God. “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17

This is the case even if the teaching is not explicitly anti-Christian. Simply by excluding the teachings of Christ in the non-Christian school (a silent atheism), the child implicitly learns that it is not important to have God central to how we think and live and that there is a “neutral” place in this world when in fact, there is not. Two huge examples of this darkness and light contrast are evolution and homosexuality. The Bible says that God is the Creator and the public school teaches evolution and other alternatives to Biblical truth. The Bible teaches that men are to become one with women and be fruitful and multiply. The public school supports the teaching of same sex marriages.

These teachings have implications that shape a person’s thinking about purpose and direction in life, abortion, birth control, euthanasia, capital punishment, global warming, animal rights vs. human rights, and marriage and family- the foundational unit of our society. A somewhat related myth is parents being fooled into believing that their child is being prepared for 35 hours a week in a non-Christian school environment by the 3 hours a week in Sunday worship and youth group. Think of a marathon runner who is training his body to run a two hour race by training two minutes a day. What kind of results can we expect from him?

Due to the overwhelming time and energy advantage (11 to 1 ratio), the battle for the mind and heart of the child is going to be easily won by the non-Christian school environment. The child has little spiritual armor and the chances that he would be trained to think like a Christian are slim to none.

 

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Continued reading of the 10 myths…

Myth 2:

We can’t afford Christian school tuition.

If Christian parents feel they must have a home that is larger than they actually need, new cars every three years, a vacation home, significant travel, weekly dining out, a wardrobe that needs constant replenishment, and retirement accounts that get any leftover dollars, then this myth is not a myth

However, the word to consider here is “priorities.” People always do what is important to them. The question is: are the things that are important to God the same things that are important to His people? Educating children in a Christian way is one of the Bible’s most important messages. A Christian education for our children must be a priority. Choosing to downsize the home, limit entertainment spending, and purchase practical transportation as opposed to luxury automobiles, will make monies available for Christian education.

Granted, there are Christian parents who truly cannot afford to pay Christian school tuition due to situations in their lives that are out of their control (providentially hindered). If this is the case, they must spend a great deal of time and effort to teach Biblical truth to their child daily through various ways such as family devotion time or Bible study. They might also apply for financial assistance at a local Christian school. Other Christian parents have come under conviction that they must remove their child from the non-Christian school, but are unable to make the change because of past decisions that have now buried them under debt. There are resources (such as Crown Financial Ministries or Dave Ramsey) that can help a family take steps that will eventually bring them to a point where they can afford a Christian school if they are willing to be disciplined and make the needed life changes.

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10 Most Popular Myths Christian Parents Believe

This will be a 10 week Posting, Stay tuned…..  10 Most Popular Myths Christian Parents Believe.

Answers to the question:

Why do Christian Parents  choose to Educate their children in a School that excludes Christ?

Encouragement

“No one will read this!” This has been the feedback we have received from some who proofed this writing. They contend that most people are no longer willing to read anything more than a “sound bite.” They tell us that the average person just wants the bottom line or the Cliffs Notes version. “Just email me, or better yet, text me- it’s quicker. “Our “bottom line” to you: please give this writing ten minutes of your time. Using the power and truth of Biblical principles, it contains information that may change your life and the life of your children forever.

 

A Difficult Message to Write

We have taken six months to write this booklet. It has been critiqued by parents, grandparents, and teachers both in the Christian and public school sectors. Some have said the message is terrific. Others have said it is preachy or self-righteous. Still others said it was harsh. We listened to the criticisms and made changes that we hoped would remove any tone that would offend while not changing the truths herein.

We understand that what we have written will not win the praise of the world. However, we are not seeking that praise. This booklet is designed to bring truth to minds of Christian parents who choose to have their children educated in a public school or a private non-Christian school. It is not directed to home school parents or non-Christian parents.

We could ignore what is going on in our culture and say nothing, but that would not be Biblical. Christians are called to be truth tellers, even when what we say may be unpopular. Please know our heart on this: we have written this booklet because we love the Lord, love the brethren, and love children. Psalm 40:9-11 says, “I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O LORD, You know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your loving kindness and Your truth from the great congregation.” Our hope is that God will bless the sharing of His truth through this booklet.

Special note to Christian public school teachers and administrators: this booklet cites some of the unbiblical weaknesses of the public school in America. Please do not read this as a personal attack. We appreciate that you do not agree with the philosophy of the public schools and want to encourage you to be a warrior for Christ in that setting. Although we do not believe that Christ intended for children to be missionaries in the public school, He does intend Christian adults to speak His truth boldly wherever they are. We urge you to trust the Lord as you follow your calling.

Introduction

You have probably heard the term “like a frog in the kettle.” It refers to a situation where the frog sits in room temperature water in the kettle and neither knows nor feels the subtle changes that are happening in the water. Degree after degree, the water increases in heat and eventually the frog is boiled to death.

So it is with many Christian families in America. With the decline of Christianity in our culture and many in the American church behaving more like the world, many Christian families are being boiled to death. Instead of realizing that there is a continual increase in the cultural temperature, Christian parents are being fooled again and again, believing misinformation that is killing the spiritual life of their children.

What about you? Are you being fooled? Have you bought into the secular perspectives that we are constantly bombarded with each day? Have you taken the time and energy to question the so called “facts” that we are fed from all angles? Please read and consider the ten myths that Christian parents frequently believe. You still have time to jump out of the kettle.

Myth 1:

I am saving money by not paying Christian school tuition.

Actually, the costs to parents for not sending their child to a Christian school are potentially much greater. First, Jesus forces us to answer this question about what parents think is most important for their children:

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36  In other words, what have you gained financially if you have lost your child’s soul for all eternity? There are no guarantees that a child will become a follower of Christ due solely to their school environment, but don’t you want to give your child the very best opportunity to hear God’s Word daily and believe it by attending a Christian school? Then there are the monetary costs to consider that dramatically undermine the belief that parents are saving money by sending their children to a public school:

  • According to Eduventures, Inc., a Boston- based market research and consulting company, American rents are spending billions of dollars per year on private tutoring because their children are not being properly educated. This spending has grown 7-10 percent each year for the last three years.
  • Additionally, there is a quality of education cost when a student is not accepted into a quality college of choice because of a poor K-12education.
  • There is a cost to parents when they are forced to pay at the college level for their children to take high school level remedial courses before they are allowed to take core level classes. This is a monetary cost and a time cost as obtaining a college degree may be stretched to five years or more.
  • There is a cost to parents of tens of thousands of dollars more in college loans when their child doesn’t qualify for scholarship or grant opportunities due to a lack of quality K-12 education.
  • All of the above may result in the greatest monetary cost- the difference in pay between a job that requires greater educational qualifications and one that requires less over the 40 year period of work that is ahead for the graduate.

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What are “millennial” parents wanting?

If given the opportunity to select what-ever school they could for their child, more millennials would prefer a private school than any other option, according to a national poll released October 11 by EdChoice, formerly the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.  Asked “If it were your decision and you could select any type of school, and financial costs and transportation were of no concern, what type of school would you select in order to obtain the best education for your child?” 43 percent of millennials said they would select a private school (including independent, parochial, and religious); 28 percent would choose a regular public school; 13 percent, a home school; and 8 percent said they would choose a charter school. Respondents were split into two groups, half being asked the question above and the other half asked the same question without the condition “and financial costs and transportation were of no concern.” Results varied, but when the two groups were combined, 38 percent of millennials said they would choose a private school; 30 percent, a regular public school; 12 percent would home-school their child; and 11 percent would enroll their child in a charter school.

Glaring Disconnect

The report noted a “glaring disconnect with actual school enrollment patterns.” It continued: “The reality check is profound. About 83 percent of K–12 students attend public school across the country. Only about 10 percent of students enroll in private schools. Roughly 5 percent of students currently go to public charter schools. It is estimated that just under 3 percent of the country’s students are home-schooled.”

What Drives the Choice?

Among millennials who selected a private school as their preferred school type, 18 percent said the most important school characteristic influencing their choice was school quality and the opportunity for a better education. Twelve percent said class size and student-teacher ratios were the driving force of their decision, and another 12 percent said individual attention and a customized education were the main reasons. A host of other private school attributes also attracted millennials, though no single one attracted more than 10 percent of them.

-Publication taken from C.A.P.E

I went to a public school and I turned out OK. Can’t my children do the same?

God says that His word does not return void, that there is power in His word, and that it is the tool that He uses to change and mold a person’s mind and heart. If that is true (and God cannot lie), then I want to think that being in a place where the Word of God is taught and held to be truth would make a difference in the formation of a person’s world views.  A student  would more likely see the world and world issues through a Biblical perspective after being educated in a place where His word was taught and studied for as much as 13 years (K through 12th grades.)

Imagine where you might be in your Christian walk if you had daily study of the Bible from Kindergarten through high school! Think of how God’s word might be more readily available to your daily thoughts and struggles. Think how a student may be used in greater ways by God for His glory if better versed in God’s truth.

I don’t know if I can afford the tuition. What do I do?

First, take an honest and careful look at your finances, Can you make some adjustments to how you spend money? Remembering that all of your money is actually God’s money (He owns it and you are just a manager), pray to God to help you know if you are spending His money in a way that honors Him. Look to see if you are spending money on things that only bring you short term pleasure rather than things eternal value. In light of all that and all that we have discussed here, ask yourself if you have placed less important things above the awesome God ordained task of  educating your children the way God  want you to  rear them. Remember the words from Jesus in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

You may come to a sobering conclusion that you know that your child should be in a Christian school, but you have put your family in a position that makes it impossible to do so. If that is the case, make plans to make changes that will enable you to afford a Christian education, even if it will take 2-3 years before you accomplish the goal.

If you review your situation and simply can’t afford it, and you can’t make any changes to your personal budget/spending habits pray that God will make a way. Some schools offer financial aid to qualified applicants.

 

But will I be sheltering my child from the “real world”?

There is a common misconception that Christian schools shield children from every temptation and sinful exposure. This is not true, nor is it even possible. Christian schools have the same types of kids non-Christian schools have – sinners! Because all children come into this world with a sin nature, they are all prone to selfishness, anger, malicious talk, coveting and the list goes on. In addition, they are exposed to many of the worldly influences that all children are exposed to in movies, books, television and more.

The difference in the Christian school is that the Christian school brings the Word of God to every situation in the lives of the children. The Christian school is able to apply the Word of God to every instance of sinful thought or action and by God’s grace, renew the mind of the child. Hence, the goal to produce adults that have been trained unto godly living and thinking in a world full of temptation in a world full of temptations and their own weaknesses as a fallen human being.