Many Christian parents wonder if they should homeschool in today's society. Here are five solid reasons why homeschooling protects a child's faith.
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How Homeschooling Protects a Child’s Faith

When I was five years old, I attended a community revival service. When the invitation was given, I felt that I needed to go forward. I turned to my mother and asked, “Mommy, can I go up there?” She gave me permission, so I walked forward to the pastors at the front. I was saved that day.

Unlike many other similar testimonies, I’ve never strayed from my faith. Through all the learning moments and trials since my faith in God and my salvation have remained intact. I think that is because homeschooling protects a child’s faith.

5 Reasons Homeschooling Protects a Child’s Faith

Reason #1 – A Safe Haven

Christian parents who choose to homeschool take a lot of grief for “sheltering” and “brainwashing” their children.

The truth is, homeschoolers are sheltered, but that isn’t a bad thing.

As a homeschooler, I was sheltered from nonstop peer pressure, excessive bullying, gossip, and from having the majority of my waking hours immersed in ungodly worldviews.

I was sheltered, but not completely protected. Homeschooling was simply a safe haven so I could engage with the world in small doses. This gave me the space to reflect on the things I heard and saw instead of being swept along by the actions and words of my peers.

 

Reason #2 – More Time to Build My Own Faith

Most homeschool families finish their assigned schoolwork in half the time of their public school counterparts. This was especially true for me.

With more free-time, it was easier for me to read the Bible. I was also able to spend more time memorizing Scripture to make sure I truly understood everything.

As I grew up, I naturally began to develop own my faith during my spare time.

 

Reason #3 – Godly Friends

I’m positive there are good, godly kids in public or private schools.

 

But as I got older, I struggled more and more to connect with public school kids that I interacted with. I even had very little in common with most of the public school kids I met at church.

I did find my friends at homeschool co-op. While we had different hobbies and skills, we had one thing in common: “How do I live a life pleasing to the Lord?” During breaks between Monday co-op classes, we talked about subjects ranging from modesty, different denominations or wondering if God created aliens. My friends played a huge part in sharpening my apologetics and faith.

 

Reason #4 – Put my Faith into Action

As a homeschooler, I could be flexible with my schooling. This meant that I could volunteer time on ministry construction sites (under my parents’ supervision!) while my peers were in school. While my peers sometimes had weekend homework, I could participate in Saturday outreach events.

Seeing God work in the lives of others during these times of ministry protected my faith because it made it hard for me to backtrack on my belief system. I can never forget those days of adventure, joy, and peace I felt as I lived on mission for Him. Those memories constantly remind me to stay on track, to keep seeking God’s will for my life, and to actually apply His will to my life.

 

REASON #5 – My Parents

There’s one final thing that worked to protect my faith, and it isn’t something unique to homeschooling: my parents.

Each day I watched my parents model their own faith in front of us.

They shared when God told them something with phrases like, “I think God is leading me” and “God showed me.” They made the relationship element of Christianity real.

Because of that, I learned how to seek and follow God for myself.

 

Final Thoughts

A lot of times people miss how God is working in the moment. It’s only when we look back that we begin to realize just how amazing and wonderful His plan is.

When I look back on my own life, I can see the things that influenced and strengthened my faith.

Homeschooling your child is a ministry to their education as well as their souls.

As a child, I was excited to be homeschooled because of the extra time I had to read and write, but what I didn’t realize was the impact homeschooling would have on my faith.

 

10 Comments

  • Marshalee Patterson

    I have never been homeschooled but I believe that the points made are so beneficial for our kids .But it can also be like shutting up Christ in your child instead of filling the child with Christ and teaching them how to live and share him with others .What good is shielding your child from the world when they eventually will grow up into it and still have to face all the ithings later .Granted as an adult they are able to make sound judgement but some times they don’t and parents may not be around at to guide them through as if had been exposed as child .GodBless

    • Elaine Mingus

      The goal of homeschooling concerning the issue you stated is to prepare them while they are young to answers those harder questions and life issues while being in a protective environment. The young mind is so vulnerable. As an adult we don’t experience peer pressure in the same strength as a middle or high schooler. It’s not that you shield and then all of a sudden they are thrown to the wolves, you are training them while their undivided focus is able to be on the lesson instead of having to confuse the lesson with the emotional pressure to fit in at school.

    • Lauren C. Moye

      Marshalee – you’re right. It can look that way. It’s also a very good question to examine. To start with, this is why a parent’s heart needs to be in the right place before they make the decision to homeschool. We are told in the Bible that we are not given a spirit of fear, so we should never make a decision out of fear. Like Elaine mentioned, there’s also a lot of maturing that happens as children grow into adults. Some of them will make bad decisions, but that’s also true for traditional schooled kids. On the other hand, you have to ask yourself, “How easy is it to keep a child filled with Christ when they are surrounded by the world?”

      There’s pros and cons both ways. Both public-school and home-school Christian parents have unique challenges that they have to face with faith and prayer. In Christ,

      • marshalee patterson

        That’s why I say both have benefits, but I just wanted to state how it can also not be best for all. Elaine’s point is good too. I just find myself looking at it like this. if all Christians homeschool their kids can you imagine how the lives of many unsaved children would be without a Christian friend to tell them about Jesus in the little understanding that they have?
        It is better as Jesus said to let the wheat ad tares grow together and when they are ripe separation comes. it’s like how you don’t teach a child to ride a bicycle when they are grown because you are fearful of them getting hurt. Instead, you give them the necessary gears to protect themselves so when they fall the pain won’t be too painful.
        That’s how I look at it, we are to be their shield-meaning we pray for them, we teach them how to act around other’s and how to share with other’s, while they are young and are exposed so they will grow more with knowledge and understand of what’s out there. An adult mind is quicker to doubt God than a child.

  • Kim Jones

    Lauren is a great writer! I love all the points she makes here. Even though we cannot 100% guarantee that our kids will trust in Jesus for the rest of their lives, we can take the steps that we are responsible to take to encourage them in that direction and model it for them as well. Thanks, Lauren!

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