Having worked in the health system for over ten years, I used to ask myself why all these ‘weird Christian types’ refused vaccination, given all the health benefits. “Don’t they know it prevents polio, measles, mumps rubella and so on?” I asked.
I continued to ask myself this, until I heard a radio program, by Pastor Kevin Swanson about Aborted Fetuses in the Vaccines, that made me stop and think there could be another side to this story. Before then I never questioned the issue and wrote dissenters off as strange, alternative types. (Kind of reminds me of the movie, The Island, where humans are bred purely to have their organs harvested by more wealthy humans living in the 'real world'.)
So, I joined the ranks of the weird Christian types. That is, I'm still going to vaccinate my children, but I'm going to check there's no aborted fetuses in the mixture before I do so. I'm going to ask more questions about things people take for granted.
But, what's any of this got to do with homeschooling? Well, like vaccination, we should withhold our judgement until we've talked to homeschoolers and read some statistics on the matter. When we do, whether the statistics are written by pro- or anti-homeschooling parties, we will find homeschooling is not as strange as it seems. In fact, there are over a 100 reasons to homeschool - even more if you're a Christian!
The reason many Christians homeschool is because they've begun to think critically about schools, instead of accepting the status quo and refusing to question the goodness of schools. Many Christians are being forced to think this way about schools, especially public schools, which idolise humanist philosophy. This humanist philosophy leads to man-centered programs like Safe Schools, which can destroy our kids.
So perhaps we should stop and think critically about more issues. We shouldn't just write homeschooling off as a weird alternative type of education without having proof that there is something wrong with it. We ought to read the literature on homeschooling and consider the facts and see what the Bible has to say on the topic of education. Then make up our minds.
So, just like anti-vaccers have been persuaded through their reading and questioning, I hope you too will be persuaded through your readings and come to a decision you’re convicted about. God bless, and happy educating!