I was a bit surprised, recently, to hear a pastor say that Christians retreat due to fear from the world in many ways...one of which is by homeschooling.
The Christians I know do not retreat or hide from the world...especially homeschoolers. In fact Christian homeschoolers are some of the bravest people I know because simply making the choice to homeschool more often brings criticism, not only from the world, but also sometimes from extended family, neighbors, local schools, and even sometimes the church.
I mentioned this comment on facebook. My homeschool friends from around the world, one of whom is my cousin, had this to say:
"I think it's such a stereo-type to assume homeschoolers are hermits, hiding from the world." -Rachel in Germany
are out in the world on a daily basis. There are many many reasons to
homeschool. The fact that we are Christians doesn't factor into our
homeschooling decision." -Janelle in Nebraska
seems that some believe that when building a hedge of protection, it
must be made out of concrete and a mile high. It isn't true. Just
yesterday, someone asked my son whether he felt isolated from social
interactions. He replied, "No, I'm sitting here talking with you,
right?" (said while this young man in his senior year was working out at the gym) -Dawn in Indiana
don't agree at all. My family engaged with the world much more deeply
and in more meaningful ways when we became homeschoolers. We had more
time to volunteer, so we all got more involved with people in need in
our community and actually got to know some
of them as friends. We had more time to worship God and serve at
church. We learned to have discernment in what we allowed into our lives
as far as music, movies, books, etc., but getting rid of all of the
junk and twaddle in our entertainment diet left room for wholesome
influences. So I'd say that we learned to engage with the very best
people and ideas in the world, and that honors God and ourselves. If
that's "hiding" from the world, maybe everyone should hide from it." -Jennifer in Michigan
from the world"? Really? I have much greater fear of God if I disobey
this conviction he placed upon my family. And I consider it a healthy
exercise to ensure that my homeschoolers are well prepared to live in
this world without my protection before they graduate.
Other words fail me at the moment..." -Tiffani in Virginia
"If it's done from fear that fear can hamper things. We
didn't choose from fear rather we had too much logic in our heads to
leave our kid at K all day just to take an afternoon nap." -Brenda in Wisconsin
a vast difference between doing something out of fear and doing it
because you have concerns about the negative influences and want to
PROTECT. I'm not afraid of the frost, but I protect my plants from it.
I'm not afraid of the sun but I protect
my skin from it. A desire to protect your children isn't the same as
fear. We are motivated by love and concern, and conviction. Desiring to
obey God isn't fear, either." -Caroline in England
takes dedication, faith, 24/7 to homeschooling, you can't hide or be
afraid, your children are at stake and that's the most important thing.
Who loves them more, who wants them to succeed more, no one but you!!!" -Lisa in Virginia