It’s never the wrong day to do good.
John 5:2-17 outlines Jesus’ healing of the crippled man at the Pools of Bethesda on a Sabbath. The Jews were persecuting Jesus because they felt it was wrong to do ANYTHING on the Sabbath. Their legalism had exceeded their senses. Even today, many Jews, and all Orthodox Jews, cease all work on the Sabbath—to the point of not tying their shoes, not using push-button phones or pushing buttons on elevators (most hotels in Israel have a special “Shabot elevator” that continues up and down, one floor at a time, so Jews can get on and just wait for the desired floor).
To make His point that they had carried the Sabbath rest too far (Exodus 20:10), Jesus made an interesting observation:
My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working. —John 5:17
In other statements, Jesus said to the hypocrites:
. . . does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall, and lead him away to water him? —Luke 13:15
Which of you shall have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day? —Luke 14:5
Jesus makes the point that even though God has completed creation and rested on the seventh day, He continues to maintain His work and provide for His creatures—seven days a week! And even though we, as Christians, rest on Sundays from our week’s work, sometimes, for various reasons, there ARE exceptions.
Do you know of any scriptural support for homeschooling? I am being pressured by some close friends to look at doing this with my 7-year-old. All I can think about is the next ten years spent teaching at home. I guess I’m questioning the overall need for homeschooling as it seems like a knee-jerk reaction, or an overreaction, to a few isolated school incidents. I worry about the long-term effects of homeschooling—what if they find out we wasted a lot of time and energy for nothing? We’ve had public schools forever—don’t you think this might just be a passing fancy? What exactly is wrong with public schools anyway?
If you want us to talk you out of homeschooling, you’re barking up the wrong tree. We think that it should be a major consideration for every parent, regardless of income, education or teaching ability.
The case for homeschooling far exceeds the “isolated school incidents” you referred to. Most of those who choose to homeschool do so for reasons other than concerns of bodily harm for their children at school. Believers are scripturally commanded to train up their children on scripture, all day long.
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up. —Deuteronomy 6:7
Sending children into a place that forbids Christian prayer or the Word of God to be spoken makes a good case to find alternative means to educate them. The endless secular propaganda from teachers and curriculum that contradicts Scripture should also be a concern.
The Bible teaches that proper ethics are paramount in influence for our children. On the contrary, public schools teach ethics that are opposite from Scripture (homosexuality, abortion, and no “absolutes”). Research has shown that a person with a 6th grade education can home educate a child through high school as well, or better, than a person with a college degree.
As far as homeschooling just being a “passing fancy”: It is estimated that there are over 2,100,000 children being homeschooled today in the U.S. In our home state here in Idaho, an astonishing 22 percent of children are homeschooled. And homeschooling is NOT new—public education for the masses IS new. George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Quincy Adams, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Andrew Carnegie were all homeschooled. Many homeschoolers are more confident, make better grades, exhibit less rebellion (if any) during the 12- to 16-year-old period, understand good citizenship, excel in college, and have a biblical grasp of right and wrong, despite what any “group thinking” may be.
We think you should do more research on homeschooling through the Internet or through local associations in your own state. As you better understand what the truth is, you can make a better decision without the questions and concerns you cite. The question you should ask is not whether you think you should homeschool, but rather, does God want you to homeschool. If He does, He’ll bless your effort regardless of the circumstances.
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