A recent tragedy in northern California has brought up some very important questions about child training and discipline. This is a serious story for all of us, especially if you are a Christian parent and/or a homeschooler. The reason why is because the media is throwing 'Christianity' and 'homeschooling' into the story that involves the death of a little girl. The story has so many different angles, including foster care and adoption. It's a situation that should make us all stop in our tracks and say, "STOP! Hold on just a minute! Take a deep breath and a long look back." Hindsight can be a wonderful thing...if we learn from it.
The article indicates that the DA is investigating a website of fundamental values that teaches physical discipline with a rod or rubber tubing. Each state has different laws with what you can not do to children in regards to discipline. At the same time the First Amendment of the Constitution gives us the freedom to exercise religion and many religions teach corporal punishment of children. So where does the Constitution and the Scriptures draw the line and where should we draw the line? Many Christian lawyers say that the courts are to uphold a religious conviction, but not a preference. If a believer goes to court over their method of child discipline, they're going to be in for a major fight and how many believer's have the money to pay a top notch lawyer?
When a family goes to court to defend their exercise of religion in regards to discipline, they need to be able to prove their faith is ingrained in their hearts. And if we are New Testament Christians, then we need to live in the New Testament. Why use every Old Testament literal translation methods of child discipline? If you're going to use Old Testament, then why aren't you stoning your children in the streets? Yes, I'm being sarcastic, but do you see my point? Even if you can prove that you are strictly an Old Testament believer, you will have a very hard time winning in a court of law in America by using instruments on a child's body for discipline.
So, the question is are you a New Testament Believer? And what does the New Testament say in regards to raising children? Most fundamental churches will teach mostly Old Testament scriptures, that can be translated differently, depending on who is teaching you. Fundamentalism is at the heat of most debates in this world today, as many fundamentalists are quite extreme and the most infamous ones are the stories we see in the headlines. Most of society fears fundamentalism for this very reason.
I came from 15 years of fundamentalism and stepped into a grace filled life, an adventurous journey to discovering the most amazing love of Christ I have ever known. In turn, I am sharing this journey with my children and finding a whole new approach to raising children that has challenged me and changed my perspective on everything from how to handle disobedience to how to teach history and science.
I'd like to invite you to join me on this journey as I begin to share valuable information to you as Christian parents and as home educators that I believe will benefit your family and bring you into a safer place within this system we live in here in America. The main sources of information that has been opening my eyes are the United States Constitution, the Scriptures, and the leading of Holy Spirit as I study both.