Should Christians Send Their Children to Public School?–An Emotionally Charged Question

Posted: October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

SchoolPicThe Bible seems to teach that the primary responsibility to raise children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, to educate children and pass on a Christian worldview, falls to parents (Deut 6; Eph 6). Moms and Dads, it seems, are the ones to whom God has given this responsibility. As Christian parents seek to raise their kids to see the world rightly (and thus, biblically), should they consider sending their children to an institution that does not approach learning from a distinctly Christian perspective? To put it more bluntly, should Christian parents send their kids to public school? If not, does that mean Christian homes should double as a school (homeschool)? Or are there other ways to be faithful to the responsibility God has placed on parents?

These questions will usually illicit a lot of emotion with little critical thinking. I would hope that believers would apply the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to every issue that we face, including how and where we educate our children. We take captive these thoughts and bring every aspect of our parenting, including the education of our children, under the Lordship of Jesus and his Word. So, we think and we think carefully. John Piper offers a helpful balance as we seek to think cautiously. He says that if you choose to not send your children to public school that it  “does not mean every home is a school” (recently stated by Pastor John at our Thursday TableTalk sessions). Thus, there may be other options that are available that do not include homeschooling, though that is one good option among others.

I do not intend to give my opinion at this point but simply to raise the question and give you a link to Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written on this topic before and I have recently come across the article linked below addressing this issue. I find his words challenging and continue to wrestle with the implications.

Read and think: HERE


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