I am sure if you have been homeschooling for any length of time you have heard the "salt and light" argument. How can public schools become any better if we aren't sending our children in to be the salt and light to the lost. It sounds good on the surface but a quick peek around the Bible will quickly tell you that this was not a reference to sending our young, untrained children into the world to be missionaries. Even the grown disciples were taught and allowed to mature before being shoved into the world on their own. Anyways, I digress. The point is that yes, the public school does need Jesus, but no, our children are not the ones who need to be in there evangelizing, day in and day out.
Mothers. We need good, Godly mothers. We need mothers willing to sacrifice the higher standard of living that two incomes brings so that they can raise the future Christian generation. We need mothers who are willing to cast aside doubt and fear and to rise up knowing that the command to raise their own children is one that God does not take lightly and will equip each mother to do, all she need do is ask and submit. Do not fall for the lie that if you aren't directly involved in the public school that you are not helping. By following Biblical mandates and raising your own Godly children you are setting up the next generation to be able to help heal the failures of the current one.
Fathers. We need good, Godly fathers. Fathers willing to work hard, willing to support mothers who are staying home with their children. We need fathers who are spiritual leaders, who lead by example. Fathers whose actions are guided by the Word of God. Who are not willing to let their sons and daughters be sacrificed on the alter of the common good. We need fathers whose goals are to raise up a generation firmly rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that when their children grow up, we have a Godly generation of voters, politicians and teachers.
Teachers. We need good, Godly teachers. We need unmarried women who have the time to focus on being in there and the ability to come home and spend time on their knees, creating lesson plans, talking to parents and being completely focused on the ministry of teaching. We need older mothers whose children have already grown. We need their wisdom and experience, their maturity both in life and in spiritual matters. We need men who are models of Godliness. Who will show young boys how to not only live a Godly life, but how to treat the young women around them. We need men who are showing boys how to be men and girls how men should act.
So let's put our focus where it should be. Let parents raise up and educate their children at home where they can be firmly grounded until they are mature and then let's send them out into the world to be the salt and light.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.