This past Saturday I participated in a homeschool forum in a nearby county where homeschooling moms and dads spent four hours displaying textbooks and other curriculum choices they've used so they could help other families make decisions for the following school year, or just answer questions about particular subjects. Unlike homeschooling conventions, there were no sales or sales pitches. The sole purpose of this gathering was for Christian homeschooling families to help one another by means of encouragement and sharing information. A number of visitors were present who were just "checking out" what this homeschooling business was all about.
Although I was the "veteran" with the longest years of service (25), there were others who displayed signs indicating 19, 15, and 12 years of homeschooling. In addition, there were those who had just begun in September of 2006. Once again I was struck with the level of commitment and congeniality that marks most homeschool gatherings. An unknowing onlooker would most likely be dumbfounded and ask questions like "What makes these people tic?" or "What's in it for them?" Of course, these are the wrong questions. The question is "Who is in them?", and the answer -- the Holy Spirit.
I participated in a question and answer session over lunch. As I gazed at the faces of those in attendance, I realized just how "dangerous" a bunch we homeschoolers are! The major threat we pose to the humanistic secularism of our day is that we realize how precious a gift the fruit of the womb is -- the reward we've been given -- and we are actively obedient to the Giver of this gift by raising and training our children according to His holy directions.
The gates of Hell will never be able to defend itself against this sort of quiet revolution. Moreover, as those of us who are veterans in this battle for the hearts and minds of our children share our experiences, insights, and lessons learned with those still educating their own children and encouraging other interested families to do the same, we'll be setting the stage for reclaiming our culture for the Lord Jesus Christ.
From my perspective, the day was a raving success, and I hope I get additional opportunities to attend other homeschooling forums. My biggest encouragement came from the dads who thanked me for the solidly biblical perspective I expressed and my "unbridled passion" (as one man put it) for Christian education. I left richer -- not in dollars and cents -- but in the knowledge that there are multitudes of "quivers" out there across our land and the world that are being stocked by those who are learning to obey, love, and trust the Lord Jesus Christ.
For the weapons of our warfare are NOT carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds and casting down imaginations of every high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, the Chalcedon podcast, and has an active teaching schedule with women and high schooled students.. She can be reached at [email protected].