Many years ago, I spoke with another homeschooling mom who explained to me that she wanted to keep her children innocent and not have them grow up too quickly. To that end, she hadn't told them about abortion or the bomb. Now this seemed quite weird. She actually believed that she was going to be able to keep the reality of nuclear weapons and abortion on demand from her children and, consequently, they would enjoy their childhood more. It didn't dawn on her that, since she didn't restrict them from interacting with other children and families at homeschool gatherings or church settings, they would learn about these issues first-hand from someone else. It has been my experience that much trauma can be avoided if parents ensure that the controversial issues of our secular society are addressed first and foremost by them with a distinctively biblical perspective.
For me, this most recently has meant attending some secular plays, films, and other performances with my daughter in order to "share the experience" and then take time to discuss these events thoroughly. This has acted as an inoculation against the humanistic propaganda that is all around us. Yes, some offensive scenes and material have been experienced. But I'm convinced that being able to identify the sinful nature of such things in light of biblical law serves the greater purpose of encouraging a solidly biblical approach and apologetic to important issues.
So, don't veer away from media that promote evolution, same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, or socialist remedies to problems that arise from sinful people. But, be sure that you are ready as the parent/teacher to evaluate and instruct from a solidly biblical base. Not sure how to apply this to your particular circumstance? Email me at [email protected] and we can discuss it.
- 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, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].