O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge– by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. 1 Timothy 6:20-21
Today, Christian parents in America have a multitude of choices to make regarding the education of their children. There is public schooling, private schooling, and home schooling. Many folks believe that the Bible is silent on this issue, and the choice is theirs to make. Within my personal circle of friends and acquaintances, most send their children to public school, a few send their children to private school, and a number somewhere in between home school.
Many consider Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 as the foundational verses which advocate for home schooling. While these verses show a clear directive to speak (and speak often!) to your children about the Lord, they do not come out and say, “thou shalt home school.” What has become clear to me, is that the more I study scripture, the more verses seem to stand out which say, “home schooling is the way to go.” There are a number of verses that discuss keeping company with the righteous instead of the ungodly, like Psalm 1. (While those who are mature in Christ are to share the gospel to those who do not know Him, our fellowship should be with other Christians. This is difficult to maintain in a school environment where classes are chosen for the student.) But today I would love to talk about a short passage in Timothy, that I honestly never related to home schooling until recently.
Timothy was the son of a Greek father and a converted Jewess mother. Greece is known as the birthplace of western civilization. Most Greeks were “educated”, and philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato, Archimedes, Euclid and Hipparchus were Greek. Greeks were known for their philosophy, art, sculpture, mythology, and literature.
Most likely, Timothy was at least somewhat familiar with Greek culture, since his father was Greek. The “knowledge” in this culture was not based on the Lord and His Word.
Proverbs 2:6, says, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” As Christians, we believe that all true knowledge originates from the Lord. That fact is not disputable. In 1 Timothy 6:20-21, we see that not all knowledge is true knowledge from God. It might be called knowledge, but it is “false knowledge” that we are to avoid.
No where in scripture does it say that someone other than ourselves cannot teach our children arithmetic and grammar. But it does say that we should avoid “knowledge” that contradicts God’s Word. We can find this kind of “false” knowledge in:
- Science Lessons
- Health Lessons
- Material concerning Human Reproduction
- Philosophy or any class that propagates “higher level thinking”
- English Literature
- History written from a humanist perspective
- A multitude of other sources, such as the School Library
As Christian parents we have a responsibility to God, and to our children to ensure that this material lines up with the Word of God. The consequences are dire. Paul is warning Timothy to avoid any contradiction of scripture that is falsely called knowledge in his culture…because by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. That is huge. God had entrusted our children into our care, and we are held accountable for them. We must make sure that the knowledge they learn is true knowledge, and not false.
Have you thought about home schooling, but are just plain scared that you will not be the best teacher? Believe me, I’ve been there. We have been plugging along since my oldest daughter was three, and she is now entering high school. We have good days and bad days, but she is learning! My other kiddos are learning too. If God is in it, He will be there to help you along the way. I would love to share an article that I came across this week, which was just wonderful. Click here to read, Mom, Will You Homeschool Me? for extra encouragement.
Possibly linking to:
Growing Home, Tending the Home Tuesdays, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots At Home, Raising Arrows, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home ,Walking Redeemed, A Proverbs 31 Wife, The Modest Mom, A Mama’s Story, Mom’s the Word , Raising Mighty Arrows, Hearts For Home, Time Warp Wife, Graced Simplicity
On a side note, I’ve not been fully “present” at the computer for awhile now since I am expecting and of course, home schooling. (I find that a hard combination to keep up with, ha! ) If I’m slow…or even ridiculously slow to respond to your comments or check email I apologize.