by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Jumping Ship
Editor’s note: Again, tone-deaf and completely blind to reality Michael Pearl tries to bloviate on how all those other homeschooling parents are doing it wrong as well as throwing significant shade at parents that don’t isolate their kids to prevent child molestation and other ills. Bonus points for telling his readers he cannot communicate effectively with them because they’ve been ‘blinded by religion’
We are receiving far too many letters from parents who tell us that their older children, 15 to 18 years old, are jumping ship, bailing out, changing sides, looking for the meaning of life on the other side of the tracks. Parents are shocked. They tell us, “I kept them from the TV. We homeschooled and homechurched, were careful to only meet with families of like mind. We taught them the Word of God and protected them from evil influences, but the first chance they got to join the world’s parade, they did so without hesitation.” One woman wrote and told us that she discovered that her two teenage homeschooled boys had been engaging in sodomy since they were young. Another family discovered that every one of their children were engaging in group incest in the first degree. Children everywhere are finding ways to access pornography on the web. One kid was slipping into his neighbor’s house when they were gone. A sixteen-year-old girl ran away and shacked up with a druggie. In two years, she was a drunk and a drug addict with a child and a broken jaw where her shiftless man busted her one for sassing him. When one family discovered that their children were engaged in incest, the mother and father stopped going to church and took up drinking themselves. The whole family went to hell with an “I don’t care” attitude. One of the girls wrote to us to decry their shameful condition. She told how the family had done devotionals every day and did not watch TV. They did all the “right things”, but it just did not take with the kids. She got saved after getting married and having three children, and then became concerned for the rest of her family, especially her lesbian sister.
I know this is depressing to you. It has depressed me to write it, but you need to be forewarned. So the question I seek to answer is, “What can I do to ensure that my children do not jump ship when they get to be 16 or 18 years old?” Let me re-frame the question a few times, and then see if you catch a hint of what the answer will be.
It is hard to communicate with many of you because you have been blinded by the “religion”. Even now as you read this, you think I am talking about someone else. You are confident that your family is secure in Bible principles and religious devotion. You have given them a “packaged Christianity” and isolated them from any outside influences, and you are confident that they are safe behind the fence.
- What can I do to be sure that my children are actually embracing the values that we teach?
- What can I do to prepare my children to resist the temptations of the world?
- How can I impart a knowledge of good and evil to my children that will cause them to choose the good?
- How can I forewarn and forearm my children without taking away their innocence?
- How can I cause them to love righteousness and hate iniquity?
- How can I cause them to be patient and wait for the spouse God has prepared for them?
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