Friday, April 28, 2006

Conflicting Values

You know there is something wrong when a member of of the mainstream media can see what a member of the minstry cannot.

Steve Jacoby of the Boston Globe

When it comes to the education of children, there is always an agenda -- and those who don't share that agenda too often find themselves belittled, marginalized, or ignored.
Dr. Jim West, Baptist minister who helped compose a letter in support of the public schools

A theologian of the cross says what a thing is. In contrast, a theologian of glory attempts to avoid offense.

In short, in my estimation, the problem with homeschooling from a theological point of view is that it embodies a "theology of glory" and ignores, or even discounts the "theology of the cross". It fears; it lives in fearfulness, and it has forgotten that "perfect love casts out fear". The theology of homeschooling calls for a withdrawal from society because, at its heart, it does not believe. Not really. Not that God can change people and thereby change society through the Gospel. And finally it supposes that society, social structures, and God ordained offices are evil. Indeed, it calls what God has ordained evil and withdrawal good. It errs in so doing, theologically.

Appparently, his theology of the cross doesn't apply to the comment box because it's closed. He's reopened them. But I'll keep it here anyway. The homeschooler doesn't withdraw from society, just the public schools. And we do so because WE BELIEVE

Proverbs 9:10
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One understanding".

Proverbs 13:20 states
"He who walks with the wise becomes wiser still but the companion of fools suffers harm."

From Psalm 14:1,
"The fool has set in his heart that there is no God"

Proverbs 22:15,
"foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child."

Luke 11:23
"He who is not with Me is against me and He who does not gather with me scatters."

Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 6:13-14
"Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you."

Mathew 18:6
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."

In short, Dr. West, we homeschool because we believe the Bible. I do not homeschool out of fear of man but out of love for Christ and His Word. God has ordained his Word and given it to us to follow. It you would like to call that evil and follow after the state schools (which believe that there is no God) as good then I ask; who is the theologian of the cross and who is the theologian of glory?

Related Post: Why We Homeschool and The Baptist Division

(Thanks Tina for sending me the link.)

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