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The following is the continuation of the 6/25/2007 excerpt from pastor Baucham’s book, Family Driven Faith (Crossway, 2006).
Education and Morality
Contrary to popular opinion, there is no such thing as amoral or value-neutral education. All education teaches and shapes morality. It is impossible to separate ones view of God, man, truth, knowledge and ethics from the educational process. Every day our children sit behind a desk, they are either being taught to know, love and obey God, or they are being taught to love and obey someone or something else that is attempting to usurp God’s authority and role.
If you think your child is above such influence, think again. The Bible clearly warns believers about the dangers of association with immoral influences:
Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians. 15:33).
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever (2 Cor. 6:14,15)?
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers (Psalm 1:1-3).
Psalm 1 has to be one of the most poignant passages in the entire Bible in terms of the evaluation of immoral influences. If this text is to be believed, we must not allow our children to stand, sit or walk with those who deny biblical truth and morality. Instead, we must place them in situations that will aid them in meditating on the law of the Lord “day and night.” Surely this involves how and where they are to be educated.
Education and Accountability
Ultimately, while I wish every believer could experience the rich reward of educating their children at home, I know that will not always be the case. However, I want to make one point clear. We can no longer coast along and ignore biblical truth when deciding where and how to educate our children. The Bible is not silent on this issue. We will be held accountable for our obedience or disobedience to the Bible’s teaching in this regard. We must do everything in our power to place our child in an educational environment that facilitates their discipleship. We must do everything in our power to avoid the influence of government schools, which are incapable of bringing our children up in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).”
Let me be clear; I applaud men and women whom God has called to teach in government schools. These people are front-line warriors and many of them need to
be right where they are. However, there is a big difference between sending “fully trained” disciples into enemy territory and sending our recruits to our enemy’s training camp. If we do the latter, we shouldn’t be surprised when our children come home wearing the enemy’s uniform and charging the hill of our home while waving an enemy flag.