I’m a big advocate of homeschooling and believe parents who homeschool or enroll their children in private schools should be exempt from paying taxes to support public schools. But while I’d like to see a grassroots campaign for such an exemption, I don’t consider it sinful for Christians to send their children to government schools.
But E. Ray Moore, who’s running for lieutenant governor in South Carolina, certainly does. In a recent interview, he said when Christian parents send their kids to public schools they’re disobeying God by putting them “under false doctrine and in harm’s way.”
Deal of the Day
David Wells. God in the Whirlwind. Reviewed by Carl Trueman. (Ref21)
If I’d heard the advice only once, I might have forgotten it. By the fourth hearing, though, I got it.
I was about to become pastor of a historic church that had fallen on hard times. I figured I should plot a course of change for working through as quickly as possible. But when I consulted with four pastors from quite different traditions, each independently told me the same thing:
“Don’t change anything for five years.”
If you’re getting ready to enter a pastorate, you might have your list of changes ready. Good changes, no doubt. Changes that would contribute to the health and mission of this beloved church of Christ.
Debate in theological matters is necessary in a fallen world. God commands believers to “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). We are to be zealous for the defense and propagation of the whole counsel of God for His own glory and the building up of His people. Ministers and local church members, in many Reformed churches, take vows to “study the peace and purity of the church.” This includes purity in doctrine. But, there are also wisdom principles that must accompany a desire to defend the truth. In every battle there is fallout. There are dangers that we need to seek to avoid when entering into theological debate.
I want to be frank: some Christians might have a problem with all this talk about huge amounts of money. They might fundamentally distrust all money-making and embrace what’s sometimes called “poverty theology.” … But let’s strive to be careful and nuanced in our thinking.
Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”
“The limits of giving is to be the limit of our ability to give.” C S Lewis