Should Christians Remove Their Children from Public Schools?

La Shawn Barber

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

I’m a big advocate of homeschooling and believe parents who homeschool or enroll their children in private schools should be exempt from paying taxes to support public schools. But while I’d like to see a grassroots campaign for such an exemption, I don’t consider it sinful for Christians to send their children to government schools.

But E. Ray Moore, who’s running for lieutenant governor in South Carolina, certainly does. In a recentinterview, he said when Christian parents send their kids to public schools they’re disobeying God by putting them “under false doctrine and in harm’s way.”

“If the evangelical community would step up and obey God in educating their own children, we could collapse the state model,” he said. “We’re feeding the monster by keeping our children there.”

Moore runs Exodus Mandate, “a Christian ministry to encourage and assist Christian families to leave Pharaoh’s (government) school system for the Promised Land of Christian schools or homeschooling.” He puts most of the blame for our changing culture, one that has “turned against God, against our Constitution and against traditional values,” on the public school system. Moore said parents in the church who could afford Christian school tuition could financially assist parents who can’t. It’s true that taxpayer-supported schools have become more anti-Christian, but that’s a different issue than whether it’s sinful to send children to them.

I used to daydream about living in a gated city on a mountain with only Christians. Imagine that every neighbor, teacher, store clerk, mechanic, hairstylist, lawyer, doctor, etc., was a fellow believer. True believers. One important fact I ignored while envisioning this city was sin. We’d still have to deal with the wages of sin and its consequences. There’d still be death. Our city would be fallen, just like the rest of the world.

And then there’s the Great Commission. God calls us to be spiritually separate from the unrepentant, not physically. One way God reaches the hearts of the lost is through you and me. We witness, we warn, and we pray.

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Source: World Magazine

La Shawn Barber writes about culture, faith, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Christianity Today, the Washington Examine, and other publications.

One comment

  1. I wish I could send my child to a “Christian” school system rather than have them go to public school. I wish I knew of a Protestant school system to look in to but to my knowledge, I think they don’t exist. I’m very much on the fence about taking on the home schooling thing for my kids but it I know how incredibly necessary it is these days. God bless.

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