More on Raising Kids Behind Fortress Evangelicalism
www.ChristianPost.com picked up my remarks made at Conspire ‘09 and the post below about Children’s Ministry Inoculates Christians to the Great Commission. Some of the comments made in response to the article made me realize that I need to be more clear. Here we go:
I wasn’t think of home schooling as a movement or particular home schoolers I know when I wrote that. I wasn’t really thinking about home schooling at all. Home schooling as a viable option for some parents. Home schooling is not necessarily evidence that you are wrapped up in a theology of disengagement. I don’t know you, your kids, or your school system. I’m not going to make some blanket judgment as to whether you should or shouldn’t be home schooling.
I do know that we all love our children and are trying to do right by them. If you believe that you are called to home school, then go for it. I would suggest that since Christianity is a social religion (love God and love your neighbor) that you find alternate means for your child to develop friendships with those outside of the church.
I would say that any rhetoric that equates the public schools with a prison system is fear based, and as such, sub-Christian. I suspect that the person who coined that analogy is cynically trying to sell his brand of home school curriculum.
Should We Shelter Our Children Until They Are Mature Enough to Resist Temptation on Their Own?
The part of the human brain that manages risk finishes developing when a person is about 21-year-old. If we hide our children from peer pressure until they are finishing college there’s a significant problem. Said sheltered child has spent nearly a quarter of his or her life doing something other than being a Christ-follower. That’s 21 years of bad modeling from parents and the church. 21 years that a person has been protected from building the Kingdom of Heaven.
I don't understand how love found itself pitted against apologetics.
This isn't an either/or proposition. We need to teach our children truth and to love God and neighbor.
I think it comes down to this…
If we are teaching children to do something other than following Jesus, then we are not building Jesus-followers. We need to own what this other thing is, and decide if we can and should live with it.