The whole homeschooling debate at Internet Monk and the BHT started with a post over here, so I guess I can revisit that topic. (I’ve learned that this is serious business with a lot of people, so I hope we can all act like civilized people. Pistols at dawn sounds good to me.)
I’ve seen my own children through public school while holding to the view that they were in the world but not of it. Our faith or testimony didn’t fade when we stopped saying the Lord’s Prayer in school. I don’t want the school teachers to be my children’s spiritual leaders. I, as a parent will always have that reserved for myself and my children realize that nothing can change that.
Along comes a “guest” who responds with this:
OK, so you raised them up in two faiths. One for their private devotional lives, where Jesus is guru. Another for the “real” world, where Caesar is Lord. As long as they keep the two worlds carefully barricaded against each other, you’ll need never worry about them doing anything embarassing and public for Jesus in the “real” world.
Is it just me, or have a number of Christian just blasted through any walls of restraint when it comes to announcing that those who differ from them are not believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and saved by the Gospel?
Why do I get the feeling that if I send my kids to public school, Jesus is my “guru” and not my God? Why does it seem that fundamentalists have ways to connect almost any social or political issue to the heart of Christian belief?
It’s mindboggling to think that people who read the New Testament could make withdrawal from the public schools a test of faith. But I think the list is longer than just homeschooling. Voting Republican. Agreeing with Jim Dobson’s version of pro-life. Agreeing with Jim Dobson’s version of opposition to homosexual rights. Agreeing with somebody’s version of contraception. Just how long is this list anyway?
I have never quarrelled with the word “worldview,” but I am starting to get a bit concerned about the idea that everything is Christianity is an inter-related whole that produces a cookie cutter conformity on every issue. I like “worldview analysis” that uses a minimum of criteria for the Christian worldview. It’s not the case that everything imaginable is in the footnotes and fine print, making any departure from the “Christian worldview” on politics or social issues apostasy from the essential core of the faith.
Salvation by faith places us in God’s Kingdom. We are judged by God in that kingdom alone. That means that, unfortunately for the fundamentalists, Christians will be a diverse group on any issue pertaining to the Kingdoms of this world. We are justified by Christ alone. That justification is evidenced by faith in Christ, and that faith can exist with all sorts of wrong or unclear notions.
When the fundamentalists start marshalling scripture to defend why I must withdraw from the public schools to be truly saved, I realize I have no hope. I can’t accumulate a hundred verses. Just the plain, obvious, non-obscure truth that Democrats with pro-life, pro-gay, public school liberal leanings can and will be saved.
Sorry to say it, but that’s just the way it is.