Last week, I began writing about what many call the fundamentals of Christianity and how it infiltrates churches, homes, and education. Today, I want to take a look at how it infiltrates how we educate our children in politics. (government class) By saying fundamentals, I am talking about the right wing extremists views that seem to be causing more harm than good. Many Christians follow their beliefs, their literal interpretation of their Bible, in their decisions regarding politics. I can understand that when it comes to you making a decision on how to vote on issues that violate your religious beliefs. This is why the First Amendment is so important. But if we fail to look at an issue being passed in legislature as how it will affect other Americans, then we simply vote for our own personal benefit.
This is where I believe it has caused problems with parents who choose private or home education. They raise their children to make decisions for others, based on their faith. For example...I know this is a hot topic, but the marriage debate in some states have crossed the line. I, at one time, had voted on a measure that prohibits a specific lifestyle to not have equal civil rights. I was being taught by a preacher that I was voting to 'protect marriage' but after leaving that religious institution I began realizing that I made the wrong vote.
Americans have the freedom to pursue their religion without interference from the government. Likewise people have the freedom to not pursue a religion or have it's doctrine infiltrated into their lives.
The measure on the ballot was really more about civil rights than biblical definitions. So the lawmakers need to reconsider if they even want a religious ceremony written into the state constitution to begin with.
I believe this is one reason why secular people have such a problem with Christianity and home school families. So many times families become so isolated that they lose sight of reality. Jesus knew scripture the best, as I believe Jesus is God in the flesh. Yet he didn't force his teaching on anyone. He simply walked away and let others walk away if they chose to.
I believe many Christians need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. If someone doesn't agree with your views, so what? We don't have the right to force our views on others. And we really do need to be careful how we are teaching our children. Jesus told the disciples that if anyone did not receive them to walk away and kick the dust off their sandals. He said to live peaceably with all men.
So in my home we are teaching our children the views of different political parties, different religions, different educational philosophies, etc. The Apostle Paul said that he"... became all things to all people that he might save some." How will your family reach this world for Christ if you don't' know their culture, their beliefs, and in such a way that you can step into their arena and have respectful conversations without 1.) fearing you'll 'fall to the devil' and 2.) without forcing your views on them?
Are we really raising our children to be the next generation that can successfully communicate with this world?
Or are we raising them to only know how to interact with their sect of religion?