“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” —Psalm 127:3

The Bible says that children are like tender plants (Psalm 128:3). Just like a tender plant may be planted and nurtured by a gardener to take a particular direction, children can be nurtured to choose the right or wrong path. Parents have the opportunity of protecting their children and guiding them toward the right paths, until they become strong trees.

In our current world, many elementary-aged school children have access to morally destructive material, such as pornography, immoral movies, and television programs that are full of violence. To parents who desire to protect their children from the influence of other people who may already be affected in those areas, homeschooling is a necessity.

Children are the heritage of the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Homeschooling is an opportunity for parents who want to care for that heritage by protecting their children from negative influences and directing them toward the path of righteousness.

Below, you will find three biblical reasons to homeschool.

 

God commands parents to teach their children.

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 6:4–7

As seen in this passage in Deuteronomy, God gave parents the privilege of teaching their children at home. All the biblical mandates related to education and to raising children are directed toward parents. This implies that parents should be the first and primary teachers for their children. A child’s conduct will bring honor (Exodus 20:12) or dishonor (Deuteronomy 21:18–20) before God and men. As Paul says, parents should raise their children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

Homeschooling provides a tool that allows parents, along with their children, to work to fulfill the biblical commandment of conforming their minds to God’s way of thinking.

Romans 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Homeschooling gives parents the opportunity of being the greatest influence upon their children’s thinking. Through it, parents can remain close to their children, know what they learn, and give them an education that takes God into account in every subject. Being part of this work is an acknowledgement that it is a God-given privilege for parents to be able to educate their own children in His truths.

Homeschooling allows a daily nearness between parents and children, which allows parents to be used in God’s perfecting work in His children, just as the Bible commands.

Psalm 31 says that God determines the characteristics of each child from the time he is in the womb. Although parents provide genetic qualities to their children, they do not determine each characteristic. Children are a direct result of God’s creative work. Nevertheless, parents have been given the privilege of guiding their children toward God.

A specific timeframe has been appointed for everything, including the education and training of a child. This timeframe passes quickly for parents, and once it is over, it is too late to mold and direct a child toward the supreme calling that God has chosen for them. That is why it is important that parents feel the urgency of educating and guiding their children from a young age.

Each day brings new opportunities to plant seeds in a child’s heart, seeds of principles and habits that will please the Lord. If parents do so, when a child reaches adulthood, they will have the joy of seeing that the seeds they planted produced the expected fruit for God’s glory and honor.