by Nathaniel Darnell crossposted at Persevero News
Today many “homeschoolers” only teach their children academics at home. Many “homeschoolers” over-delegate the actual training time to other people. These families are failing to follow God’s design for family training, particularly if they are not personally directing biblical instruction and worldview training, just as most families who send their children to government schools. These are not examples of families where Deuteronomy 6:7 is being followed.
The Bible presents a consistent pattern that parents, and especially fathers, have the primary responsibility of training their children to serve the Lord. That is expressed in Deuteronomy 6:7 and Ephesians 6:4. But a principle of interpretation for any law is that the more specific statute brings clarity to the less specific one. In this case, since Deuteronomy 6:7 is more specific than Ephesians 6:4, its more detailed instructions elaborate on how parents apply the general principle stated in Ephesians 6:4.
The pattern giving the necessity of parental discipleship is also seen in Psalm 78:1-12; throughout the book of Proverbs; in Malachi 4:6, and in the relationship of God the Son and God the Father (as in John 5:30). The relationship described in these passages is intimate and personal. That kind of relationship is developed and maintained through a huge investment of love and time. The Bible puts special responsibility for this relationship on the father.
In the traditional Greek educational system, however, the father is usually replaced as the primary trainer of his children by the teachers that make up the faculty of the school. They become the child’s mentors. They set the values and vision to which he aspires. But the model we see throughout the Bible is of the father personally instructing those values from the Word of God. (See, e.g., Proverbs 1:8-16.)
The Root of the Problem
If you get right down to it, the failure to follow God’s design in family training is due to a failure to yield to the Lordship of God. Man-made educational methods are yet another way that man feebly attempts to replace God in his life.
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‘Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich
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