The Train-Up-A-Child Dilemma for Christian Parents

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  (Proverbs 22:6)

There is no fool-proof way to train children, but guidance from the Bible can’t be beat. Often we debate the details, but the purpose of this writing is to discuss the problems parents have in adhering to biblical instructions. Let’s be clear, training children is a biblical mandate.  Trying to change public schools to improve them is much like trying to train a wolfpack to change the character of the wolves so the wolfpack can then guard a flock of sheep to protect them from predators. I won’t bother to relate any of the dozens of horror stories concerning public schools, but suffice to say, all arguments to defend public schools as a acceptable place for children from Christian families were discredited long ago.

We’ve Always Done it This Way – Leaning Toward a Paycheck

In broad terms there are two main obstacles: (1) traditions in the Church, and (2) traditions in schooling five days a week ( i.e. government  run schools). There is a description that often follows both of types of traditions; We’ve always done it this way.  How pitiful, if I must say so.

Let me be blunt about one tradition of the church.  Congregations, their meeting houses that are vacant most of the week, and the programs exist to give one man a full-time paying job!  If a man’s paycheck stands between him and his being a strong advocate for Christian schooling five or more days a week, the man in most cases, will lean toward his paycheck.  If a man, on the one hand, preaches a message of salvation via the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for one to three hours weekly, and then, on the other hand he thinks it is appropriate for children in the congregation he pastors, to attend for 30 hours/week, a school run by the government, then that man is, at the very least, being deceived.  It’s worse, if he does this for the sole reason to protect his paycheck. (love of money?)

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