Christian Kids Need a Christian Education

“He who controls the schools, controls the world.”
-Voddie Baucham

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Christian kids do not belong in public schools.

(Today’s post was inspired by Voddie Baucham’s “Children of Caesar.” For more information on this topic, visit exodusmandate.org)

Today I’m going to be upfront about something a lot of my fellow believers don’t want to hear:

Christian children need a Christian education.

True, this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this, but I’ve been feeling convicted to tackle the topic again.

You see, the public education system was built as a humanist system – a secular humanist system, to be precise. It was always meant to turn children from Christianity.

“Our schools may not teach Johnny to read properly, but the fact that Johnny is in school until he is 16 tends to lean toward the elimination of religious superstition.”

-Paul Blanchard – Signer of The Humanist Manifesto and architect of the American Education System

“Public education is the parochial education of scientific humanism.”

-Joel Burnette – Signer of The Humanist Manifesto and architect of the American Education System

It’s understandable that parents decades ago may have not understood the ulterior motives of the school system. Prayer was still in schools, positive morals were being taught and the curriculum that was used reflected this.

This isn’t so today. As time goes on, it becomes clearer and clearer that God has not only been completely removed from the schools, but morality has been turned upside down. Children are being taught they can choose their own gender. Kindergarteners are being presented with lewd lessons on sexuality. Political viewpoints of teachers are being indoctrinated into their students, and children are being used as political pawns.

Besides the atrocities being presented to students, the entire atmosphere of school itself is wrought with danger:

And on and on it goes.

Yet here we are today. Well over 90% of Christian parents utilize the public education system, very often using the “salt and light” reasoning.

Let’s take a look at a few things about this expectation.

The Problem with Expecting Kids to Be Salt and Light in Public Schools

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1. Jesus was speaking to adults when he gave the salt and light command, not children.

School students are young, and they are, more likely than not, immature in their faith. Throwing them into a situation where they are surrounded by unbelievers – both children and adults – may not be the best situation for a child who is still impressionable.

“I’ve heard all the rationalizations all my life, you know: ‘I want my child to be an ambassador for Jesus.’ I’m all for ambassadors, but I’ve never met any that are eight or ten years old.”

-Cal Thomas

2. Children are exposed to anti-Christian teaching 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 36 weeks a year, in a public school setting.

This is where that questionable curriculum comes in. Well-intentioned parents often say that they talk to their kids about the truth and about the Bible when they’re at home to counteract this influence, and that is certainly a good start. But how much time do parents actually have to run interference once you rule out school, homework, extracurricular activities, after-school programs, chores, and dinner?

Compared to how much time kids spend in school, not much at all.

“If we continue to send our children to Caesar for their education, we need to stop being surprised when they come home as Romans.”

-Voddie Baucham, “Children of Caesar”

3. Even Christian children can fall prey to peer pressure.

Parents often put their kids in public school so they can be a light to others, and it’s a noble gesture. Unfortunately, when you put a good potato in a bag of bad potatoes, the good potato doesn’t make the others good. The bad ones turn the good potato bad.

“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

-1 Corinthians 15:33

4. A student is not above his teacher.

What does Luke 6:40 say?

“The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”

Think about that. If a child is trained by a teacher/teachers who openly promote sinful behavior and mistruths, should it even be a question about whether or not a Christian child belongs in that setting?

“You cannot separate education and discipleship. Whoever is educating our children is discipling our children.”

-Voddie Baucham, “Children of Caesar”

But the Bible doesn’t say anything about education…

Oh, doesn’t it?

Let’s take a look at just a few verses that tell us a different story.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

-Proverbs 22:6

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

-Deuteronomy 6:7

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

-Proverbs 1:7

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

-Romans 12:2

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

-2 Corinthians 10:5

“Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

-Matthew 5:19

This just barely scratches the surface. No words that I can say can be any clearer than what God expects parents to do when it comes to raising and, yes, educating their children.

I just want to leave you with one more verse to meditate on:

““Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

-Mark 12:17a

Who do your children belong to? Do they belong to Caesar? Or do they belong to God? The choice is yours.

Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

13 thoughts on “Christian Kids Need a Christian Education”

  1. I’ve had this conversation many times as well, and I’ve heard the same justifications for keeping kids in public school. I’ve found several things to be true:
    1.) most professing Christian parents aren’t willing to make the necessary sacrifices in order to homeschool their children or send them to Christian school because the lifestyle change is too significant,
    2.) many working Christian moms don’t want to give up their career for the sake of their children,
    3.) it’s easier to pawn the kids off on the government and let it bear the nearly sole responsibility of them.
    My daughter is 9 years old and just finished third grade. She was in public school until this year, when my husband and I could no longer avoid the Lord’s conviction to start homeschooling. I will be honest, I wasn’t thrilled about giving up my job; we were at a pretty comfortable combined income level. Me giving up my job also meant my husband would have to choose a different career path that would pay the sort of income we need in order for him to support our family as the sole bread winner.
    But, we were convicted that our child’s spiritual, mental, and emotional welfare was far more important than anything else and that it was our duty to the Lord to protect, educate, and nurture her in a God-honoring environment. It is NOT God-honoring to throw our children to the wolves and hope for the best. That is wholly and entirely opposite of the scriptures and we as parents can’t keep making justifications about this.
    Most of us CAN make the necessary sacrifices to homeschool our kids, or at least send them to a decent Christian school. The issue is that most of us don’t WANT to.
    I’m pretty tired of listening to Christian parents bemoan the evils of public school and all its wicked influences, and yet they still send their children there! Why complain about something that you have the power to change, but yet you choose not to?
    I’m of a mind that our time on this earth is getting pretty darn short and Jesus is coming back soon. We need to do everything we do from that perspective.
    In the grand scheme of things, what’s more important and carries eternal weight:
    Our finances, material comforts, and lifestyle preferences? Or, our kids’ souls?

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    1. This touched my soul in a very deep place. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am a home schooling Mom of five. This is our sixth year home schooling. I have to say with my older kids being exposed to non Christian curriculum during the early years of their life.. They were the ones who have struggled with their faith the most. My younger kids are a completely different story. They are full of faith and inspire others all the time through their walks with Jesus. I was having such a hard time with the older kids I was considering allowing them to go back to public school. But God spoke through you today to my heart and gave me the encouragement that I needed as a Christian to proceed with his plans for my family and myself. I am so thankful for women like you who inspire and help others like me without even knowing it. I would like to encourage you to keep on speaking up for what you believe in. You are helping so many unaware.

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  2. Amen! Years ago, as I begun homeschooling my youngest, my two oldest children confessed that being in the worldly environment of public high school, day after day, was wearing them down. They were strong in our faith, but they did not deserve to face a battlefield of sorts, day after day, year after year, all in the name of education. And whose education were they receiving? I wish I’d considered God’s will for my children (who are first His children) back then. Excellent post, Shelly. 💛

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    1. Much of society as a whole infringes on true Christian beliefs and morals. Look at holidays like Christmas and Easter. You can’t leave your house during those times without being engulfed with santa and the Easter bunny. Every store you walk into is decked out and everyone asks your kids what do you hope santa brings you for Christmas? What did the Easter bunny put in your basket? I understand the fun and “magic” behind those holidays that parents want to bring to their children but as Christians, our house does not celebrate those holidays in that way. Imagine the looks I get when ever my son gets asked and he says, “Santa is not real and neither is the Easter bunny so I don’t get gifts from them.” Oh the horror…my son is so doing without… (insert eye roll) This past year he added to a lady in CVS when asked, that Christmas day may not be the ACTUAL day Jesus was born but we honor His birth at home during that time not fake santa clause getting me presents cuz it’s not MY Birthday. lol I have explained to my son that many families believe in the Lord but still celebrate those Holidays with gift giving and some celebrate them as non-believers and it’s just for fun and how does he feel that we don’t? He says he is fine with it because he wants to honor God and I get him things at other times when I can and thats ok with him. He doesn’t feel like he’s missing out one bit. He thinks it’s crazy that kids believe a rabbit hops around dropping off eggs and baskets to them. He says if you’re going to make up a lie like that at least have it be a chicken lol. We also don’t do halloween as you can now guess. Research the origins of these holidays. He knows not to say anything around little kids who may still believe in these things as it’s not our place to burst their bubble but oh how he wants to at times.
      Do public schools still do gift exchanges in classrooms amongst the classmates? Are they honoring the whole santa thing or what is that all about? There are some children there of other faiths who don’t celebrate those holidays in that way yet they have no choice but to be witness to it all. Schools allow honoring santa and celebate the Easter bunny but not the Lord? I know the classrooms of elementary schools are decorated with bulletin boards and much a santa and bunny craft are being done. This should bother anyone who is Christian and have their kids in PS. Some say I take the gift exchange too far however look at how Christmas becomes SO about that and parents trying to out-do the next. Children expecting more and more lavish gifts. How about giving a lovely gift to your loved ones on any day just because? (Another side note to what I first wrote here, I am mostly confused when I see churches support this with “santa” giving gifts to children and Easter egg hunts on the lawn. Why do they allow the disconnect and support that? What is that teaching? The church near me actually has “santa” dressed up to hand out gifts to the kids. Do you guys see this where you are? I’m confused lol and we stopped attending there.) Anyways…We can’t make public schools hold true the whole Christian values we as a family hold true to our hearts as sadly not all are Christian but it is unfortunate that those who are can’t practice their beliefs openly and have children be taught that society as a whole has the right to if they want and simply respect that for them. Instead it is completely stifled and one-sided. I guess that is why there are Christian based schools and thankfully, homeschooling! I agree so much with this post that as a Christian you owe it to your children to show them by example to hold true your families convictions, inside and outside the home and to seriously find a way to homeschool your kids if you believe the Lord is your maker and saviour. Sorry so long sigh…this hit a spot of fire in me of many sorts lol.

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  3. Our Pastor’s wife said “we do everything we do to honor God, even the egg hunt.” I nearly vomited. That was a pure lie. But I can’t leave that church, my husband is too attached.
    My counselor told me we have to put our autistic granddaughter in school. Thank God my daughter doesn’t agree. But not to honor Christ, she is just afraid of all the violence. Which is a legitimate concern too.

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    1. I pray for all moms who don’t homeschool because they just don’t understand the joy, contentment and peace they will have in honoring God by serving their family this way. I have a blog myself called honing into home which shares my struggles. One blogpost addresses the night & day difference my now adult firstborn had in school verse her younger siblings who are homeschooled. It’s title is “Hard but True”, and I implore each mother to homeschool along with some of my reasons why. Great post, Shelly! These things need to be said! 🙂

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  4. This post is so accurate! We’ve been homeschooling for about 8 yrs. It was not initially the easiest decision in the beginning…but it has been by far one of the best decision we’ve made! All praise goes to God!! When you follow God the layers continue to be removed from your eyes if you allow His truth to be revealed…the rabbit hole runs very deep. I’ve read all the comments and so happy to see God working in families and individuals!
    We do not celebrate pagan holidays, support churches…all 501 C3 churches are corrupted. They have an agenda as well. They have changed God’s Sabbath Day (Saturday) to sunday. Worshipping of the sun god. They indoctrinate people to believe in a climate change and to worshipped a false god on a false day (sunday)
    There is so much more going on then what is happening in schools…schools are at the beginning. However, so are these false churches teaching false doctrine. We need to be awake to God’s spirit and pray for wisdom and discernment in His precious Son Jesus Christ! When He show’s us the true we need to follow no matter what!

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  5. Great post! So glad I found you on Instagram! I have enjoyed your videos and finally made my way to your blog. It is so refreshing to know there are like minded Christian moms out there. I live in a super liberal area and so many in my family are not believers and they think I’m just a weirdo for railing against all the things I do, including public school. I honestly worry for these kids in these schools. It was bad 20 years ago when I was in school I can’t even imagine how horrible it really is now. God help us all. Thank you for boldly speaking about this!

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  6. Thanks for sharing Shelly. I so much agree with this. I am blessed to live in an area where so very many Christians understand that where you get your knowledge from is your God. I’m so glad I found you on Instagram through Lydia Senn.

    Numbers 19:15 And every open vessel, which have no covering bound upon it, is unclean.
    This verse can used through instruction in righteousness to illustrate the open mind of our children and the fact that the “public school” pours in just anything into the vessel that is sent. We need to be Godly stewards over our Children and see to it they are educated according to the Word of the Lord.

    Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
    There is a time and a place for separation from the things that are unclean and a time and season to be salt and light. Even the Lord Jesus himself, the express image of God, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God was found teaching in the synagogue at the age of 12, still among the LORD’s teachers, not the Roman magistrate teachers. We should follow His example.

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