So I just watched this video on youtube by Isreal Wayne from IndocriNation. I know nothing about him, really. But boy did his words get me fired up and not in a good way. You see, He took a couple of verses in the bible and decided that they meant the ONLY right place to school your children was homeschooling them. It wasn’t the idea of homeschooling that offended me. I am prohomeschooling. It was his reasoning behind his position. Using Psalm 1:1-2 which tells us ” Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night”, concluded that we shouldn’t let our children around non-christian children or around government teachers. If we wanted to take those verses that literally, I guess we should just live in a happy christian bubble away from “sinners”. We should probably work from home so as to avoid being in contact with non-christian behavior, Never shop in stores to on again avoid contact and possibility of ungodly music, we should probably home church because someone at church might not be quite up to our standards either. Like I said. Bubble. And surely that’s what Jesus lived as an example, right? Oh, wait. Houston, we’ve got a problem.
Jesus seemed rather comfortable being around sinners much to the chagrin of some of his followers. Jesus hung out with the poor, the outcast, the lonely, prostitutes, tax collectors, women caught in adultery, lepers, cheats, thieves, drunkards, idolaters, and murderers. Those people who were considered unclean. When a teacher of the law asked Jesus which commandments were most important he tells them To Love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. In another chapter of the bible, a teacher of the law asks a most important question.” Who is my neighbor”? He does not say that your neighbor is only the Godly saved people.
I want my children to have a compassionate and giving heart for all they encounter including those that are struggling with issues. I want them to know that God is bigger than any of THEIR struggles and can help them. I don’t want them to look down on anyone. So I will teach them to love their neighbor as themself. Their neighbor in Africa who is dying of AIDS, their drug addicted neighbor looking for his next hit, their neighbors who need God’s love and grace. Okay… rant over. I just know that if it wasn’t for God’s grace, I could be anywhere in life. I’m not better than anyone in this world. We are all sinners. Some of us have just accepted the depth of God’s grace for our lives and are experiencing the freedom that can come with that! 🙂