Saturday, September 18, 2010

Unprofitable Home Defense

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 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. ( The word "offend" in this passage means "cause to stumble" Mat 18:5-6)

You can train until you're a master warrior. You can turn your house into an impenetrable fortress. You can maintain a veritable arsenal close at hand . . .

... But what benefit is all that you do to protect the lives of your family, if their souls are forfeit? I did not found this  platform to promote Christian Martialism so that you might become a protector of your covenant child's body while the public school system steals away his/her heart and mind hour by hour, day by day.

The following comes from a review of "The Promise of Jonadab" in "Faith for All of Life":

The case against public education cannot be put too strongly; it’s hard to put it strongly enough. One hour of Sunday school can hardly compete with five school days a week devoted to systematically anti-Christian teachings. It’s asking too much to expect a child to keep his Christianity in such a determinedly hostile environment: the fact that some of them do is no excuse.Facts and figures? Yes, the Moores have them. “Christian children and youth today do not routinely follow the faith of their fathers” (p. 97), as a number of polls and surveys clearly show. Pew Forum research in 2007 showed only 15 percent of church youth—don’t even ask about the kids who are not in church—to be “deeply committed” Christians (p. 88). But by comparison, a 2004 survey of some 7,000 homeschooled children found that 93 percent of them “continued in the Christian faith and practices of their parents through their early adult years. (p. 99)

Continued here!


The Warrior said...

Good quote, there. Look forward to what you have next time.

Anna said...

Not sure how or if the study breaks this out, but I haven't followed the faith of my parents. The faith of my parents is fairly shallow and found in a mainline denomination that is rapidly apostatizing. I embrace a far more orthodox and biblically conservative faith than my parents, so I have chosen no to this poll question in the past.

Gravelbelly said...

Anna, you are living proof that readers of my blog are exceptional people. I would be most interested to hear about your education/training and what secondary influences -- the primary influence being the grace of God, of course -- led you to your present spiritual situation.

The Warrior said...
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