Romans 12:1,2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
John 17:14,15 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
1 John 2:9-11 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
Matthew 5:14-15 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”
So what I’m wondering and discussed a bit last night was this – our kids and public versus private schools. Then I went and read this from Tina… which got me thinking more. There is a very clear view out there in Christianity that the public school system has failed us and we shouldn’t have our kids part of it. Some may choose home-schooling – others may choose private Christian schools (we have “academies” around here).
I have two points I’d like to throw out:
- Aren’t we called to be “be in the world but not of it”? I thought the verse this was quoting was that clear, but at least I can’t find a translation that says it exactly like that but I’m guessing the above two verses are it. Shouldn’t we be “in the schools” but not “of the schools”? Meaning not be blindly led around and follow the ways and paths others take there.
- Aren’t we also called to be a light to the world? I don’t we ourselves are The Light – that’s so a Jesus Christ thing. I couldn’t find a specific verse that said this, but take a look at the last two verses above for my closest guesses. But aren’t we called to be like little Christs to show the way to Jesus through our lives? Now I know a lot of people feel like the school system is only getting worse, but how exactly will it get better when we pull our kids out of it? Might a little light in there help?
I will concede that the issue with this and what seems to be the main counterpoint is am I willing to “sacrifice” my children for those beliefs? Well, no I’m not but sheesh that sure seems like some divisive words there in my opinion. My daughter is only in Kindergarten so we’re currently going to “just see how it goes”. We’ve definitely talked about our kids going to a private school. If my kid(s) experienced some sort of persecution or something in the schools over their beliefs, we will talk about it more then. I guess I’m optimistic a bit that this won’t become an issue. We’ll see.
But what seems to me is that we as Christians can come across too easily as quick to judge, condemn and pull in this regard. I don’t know – I really haven’t had this become an issue for us yet but we do know a handful that have (and I really don’t believe at all they were judgmental and condemning – they had a bunch of other reasons if I recall correctly).
Anyone else care to comment? Jim – you have older kids, right?
3/11/08 UPDATE: read Tina’s part II – much more thought out that me…
3/12/08 UPDATE: Check out this post They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our …? – it exemplifies the underpinning to my concerns..