I came across a blog post today from Jonathan Keck, which he wrote a year ago, on the site Theology 21 on his experience as an “isolated homeschooled churchie.” This post is a worthy read. As a homeschooling parent, I am very interested in what he has to say and the ways in which his experience has affected him negatively. I think he hits the nail on the head regarding the poor, unscriptural motivations that many parents, including many pastors(!), have regarding homeschool education. I think homeschooling is a subject that needs greater and deeper theological and missiological reflection. Here is a salient quote from his post:
But the oddity was, while we were told and taught to be different in every possible way physically, the church had not been different morally or spiritually. Just as many divorces occurred in the church. Just as many adulteress affairs. Just as many crooks and swindlers. The Christians I saw around me fashioned images of righteousness and holiness but all the while were wretched and self-righteous. They were pharisees. And they damned anyone who didn’t homeschool their kids. All those who spiked their hair, wore studded belts, or were a bit rough around the edges. And all these Pharisees wanted to do was hangout with each other, build high walls and not be corrupted by the world.
Please read his entire post and let me know what you think.
- Do you have similar motivations? Are you in need of repentance?
- Do you think his criticisms are fair?
- Are there ways to homeschool your children and avoid isolationism?
- How can homeschoolers be more missional and engage culture with the gospel in every sphere?