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Stewardship of the Heritage of the Lord

If you attend church on a regular basis, or listen to Christian radio, not much time will pass without stewardship becoming a part of the conversation. Your pastor has no doubt added an appropriate message about the stewardship of both your time and money over the years. Few would argue that how you invest your time and money are great indicators of the maturity level of your life as a Christian.

With that in mind, when was the last time you were challenged to be a "good steward" of the children you have on loan from God? Okay. You can count Mother's Day and Father's Day, but was that enough? Does it go beyond not provoking your children to wrath, or bringing them to church on a regular basis?

If the scriptures are God's light unto your path, then there is no question He expects us to be good stewards of the children He has blessed us with. 

Psalms 127:3-5 says, "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of thy youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them... "

If the "fruit" God blessed you with was millions of dollars, then the Lord would require that you be a good and faithful steward of those blessings. You would conduct yourself in such a manner so that someday you would be prepared to give an account. So, here is the million dollar question.

Will He require less stewardship of the children He has blessed you with than the money he has blessed you with? 

Parent Directed Education 

What do we mean when we talk about "Parent Directed Education?" Does it mean that every family must teach their children at home, live in a cabin they built by hand, eating food they grew on that land, while wearing clothes they made themselves?     Oh, and don't forget avoiding all contact with the outside world, because, as we all know, "socialization" is the most important thing in a child's life, and that can only come from regular attendance in an age-segregated classroom.  

While these may seem to be strange and far-fetched examples, it is the picture that some in our society have of homeschoolers. And, to a smaller degree, the view that many individuals, including Christians, have when it comes to a discussion of our children's education, at least in cases where the parents are making the decisions instead of a school official.

The fact is that most parents today were educated in part in a classroom. Add to that the experience of the grandparents who were also "schooled" in a classroom. The pressure to conform is a heavy hand slapped onto the discussion table.

While those classrooms may have been in Christian schools, at public schools, or even a public school from forty years ago when the classroom environment was quite different, the reality is that the "experience" they had becomes what is "normal" and everything else abnormal, unusual or maybe even "A danger to my grandchild. Oh my!"

That view is at best the blind leading the blind. The worst excuse for having a child exposed to the state education system is because "that's were I went and I turned out okay."

We can debate whether you actually turned out okay some other time, but, for now, let's look at the lavishly funded public school system. 

When we start the conversation from the perverted view of a secular world, it is sometimes hard to find a place of true biblical perspective. And, yes, we are saying that you and your parents experience in a pubic school gives you a perverted, secular view.

For the most part, that also holds true for those who attended a Christian school, which in most cases just copied the age-segregated model created by secular humanists who had, as their goal and mission in life, to change the culture of this nation from a Judeo-Christian value system, to what we refer today as progressive.  

To accomplish this mission, they needed an educational system, one that eliminated parents as the most important influence in the child's life. Class age requirements were lowered, forcing the removal of children at as early an age as possible. Children were assigned classes in "age-segrated" groups so their world would revolve around the acceptance of their peer group. The desired result was a world where the values and interests of their classmates would shape their young lives more than the values of the parents.

Proverbs 13:20 comes to mind when I consider modern classrooms. "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but the companion of fools shall be destroyed."

From a spiritual stand point as well as an academic one, it's hard not to see that most of the children exposed to the state-run public schools are more often destroyed than not. The term "fools" seems to fit as a general description of the conduct and interest of most eleven year olds. They certainly do not fit the description of "wise" by any stretch of the imagination. 

In addition, the number of school boards was decreased, making the ones that remained very large. Since school districts now serve thousands of students, the result is that each parent and their student is of no consequence. Parents have no power to shape the content or conduct of the schools that their children have been assigned to by the state.

In fact, the courts have ruled that, when a parent enrolls their student in a public school, they have in effect surrendered many of their parental rights over that child. Just one example is Mozert v. Hawkins County Public Schools. The parents objected to required reading material, but the court found in part:

“Once a child has been submitted to the public schools for his education, parents lose all ability to control the course of instruction.”  Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In short when we speak of “Parent Directed Education” we will leave the public school system out of the conversation, in part because they have left the parents out of the process.