I have talked about the kind of damage the school system can do to your kids but there are other things that effect them too. Let's talk about the cartoons kids watch, casually indoctrinating them with most parents not even noticing it.
We cannot afford to trust cartoons anymore and we need to screen everything.
Growing up, I watched all kinds of cartoons and even still like some of them. I think this can be said for most of the people in my generation and even more so for people younger than me. It seems like a very harmless thing to watch cartoons, so long as we do it in moderation, but it has actually become a problem. Cartoons have begun to push more extreme political agendas at our kids and most of the time we don't even know about it because it is subtle. These subtle things cause the most damage, completely changing way our kids think about very important issues.
For now they are mostly pushing the agenda of homosexuality but it won't stay that way forever. Cartoons are casually showing same-sex relationships as if they are normal, and while it started out with background characters it is now being very obvious about it. It is only a matter of time until the next agenda is being pushed and it only ever gets worse. The government and Hollywood are trying their best to take over parenting our kids, and we need to be aware of what they are trying to do.
I learned all kinds of things from cartoons growing up and to some extent probably got indoctrinated to stuff myself, not that I would really know about it. Our minds are most susceptible when we are young and people take advantage of that. We can never let our guard down when raising our kids, there is always another agenda being pushed and in different ways. I am sure there are some I haven't even caught while doing my best to be aware of them. There was a time I turned on a YouTube video for my son that was perfectly fine and then suddenly there was an ad teaching sex ed... to my 2 year old son. I luckily caught that and was there to stop it but if I hadn't been paying attention it would have been very bad. Even more so if my son was a little older and really held on to all of the information.
The fact is, unless we are vigilant parents our kids are going to learn their morals from culture. Anyone that is paying attention will know that is a very bad thing. The culture of our country is going downhill and becoming more and more evil. The government reflects that pretty much perfectly, if we don't do all in our power to raise our kids right, they will do it for us and they are definitely trying to. If you aren't aware of it, you have to make yourself aware of it to protect your kids and even yourself. No one is actually immune to the stuff they are pushing on us, with the right music and set up, anything can be made to seem good on TV. If you aren't watching out for it, it won't just indoctrinate your kids, it will do the same to you.
Church is a pretty great thing, you get to gather in one place and see tons of other people who share your faith. You get to have fellowship and hear sermons every week to help further your relationship with God. With all that being said though, the church, as we think of it, is not necessary for you to be a Christian, you can never go even once and still be very much saved. Not only that, you could be closer to Jesus than most of the people that do go to church every Sunday.
The church has become an idol to some extent in modern society. We treat it like it has always been there and if you aren't part of it you should be ashamed. Some would even go as far to say if you don't go to church on Sunday you aren't even Christian. In our minds the church has become a major aspect of what it is to be a Christian, which makes sense since so many people are raised thinking that way. It is a good thing to have a place for everyone to gather and be together but it has been taken way too far and actually caused a lot of problems in the true church. We get so focused on the building that many of us forget, the church of Christ is made of people, and has nothing to do with the building.
Even if the church buildings didn't exist, the true church would still very much exist.
They are convenient places to gather but that is where it ends, in most cases they are just huge wastes of money that could be going to good causes. We are all connected through Christ and we need to have fellowship with each other but we can do that anywhere. It could be our homes or it could be outside somewhere, it doesn't really matter so long as we gather with fellow Christians, but it has nothing to do with the church building itself.
We are very attached to the church buildings but honestly I think they have done more harm than good. They make our divisions stronger with all the many denominations having their own buildings. They have become an idol of sorts to many Christians and maintain many false converts. People that know nothing of Jesus go to church on Sunday and think that makes them genuine Christians. As I mentioned before they are also a huge drain on the donations given by the people going just to maintain and pay for the building. In many ways I believe we would be better off just meeting up in any random public place, it would certainly be cheaper and cause less division.
The buildings are simply part of a system we have created in society that we have grown very used to. That system has a lot of flaws that we really need to try and be aware of because they are creating some big problems. Never feel like you are somehow less of a Christian because you don't go to church. Make sure you have friends and family that are Christian, don't simply isolate yourself, but don't let anyone tell you that the building is somehow pivotal to your faith. There will come a day when the entire system we know falls apart and there aren't any church buildings anymore. God's church will still be here.
I have talked a lot about how people make excuses to justify the sins they commit. Almost everyone does it to some extent, but there is one excuse I hear more than any other; abuse.
The type of abuse may vary but it is the main thing people seem to leap to when justifying something they have done wrong. We all have been abused to some extent because we are surrounded by other sinful people. Because of the things others have done to us or taught us to think, we basically act as though we can't change what we are doing. We take the blame and put it on someone else because they hurt us in some way. Crazy as it sounds, when someone gets abused they are actually more likely to start abusing other people the same way as compared to never treating someone else that way.
I was very guilty of this and probably still am sometimes. I went through all kinds of crap as I was growing up and it really sticks with you. Anyone that knows me well knows I have been struggling with depression for a long time now and I didn't even know it until recently. The sad thing is, I learned a lot of behaviors from my family that I then did myself. It would be very easy to just hold on to them forever and blame my family, but the reality is I am accountable for my own actions and so is everyone else.
No matter what circumstances you are in, past, present, or future, you are the one accountable for how you respond.
You can't do anything about what other people will decide to do or the things they will teach you as you grow up. You also can't do much to control the things your friends might try and pressure you into, but you can always decide for yourself if it is right or not. Even though it may not seem like it, there is always a choice and you can do the right thing, even if it requires sacrifice on your part. The key is not allowing other people to determine who you are going to be. You have to choose to be righteous no matter what the cost, and there is never truly an excuse to do anything different.
I know how easy it is to fall back on abuse as an excuse, the things people do to us can really hurt and scar us for life. No matter how deep the scar is though, we have to stop making excuses and change into the person Jesus wants us to be. There will always be an excuse. Something to justify any action we might take, but Jesus died so that we could be more than that. We have the power to become so much better because we literally have God at our side guiding the way. So let's stop blaming the past for how we are now and let it die with our old selves, because that is what happened when we came to Christ. The old you died, and a new creation was born right there. Don't get held down by the things that are better off buried with the old you.
This is a fun topic because almost no one agrees with me on it but I honestly believe the school system isn't just bad for everyone, it is actually straight up evil in some ways.
Now for most people it is pretty much a given that they had to go to school and they are going to do the same thing with their kids. Homeschooling isn't even really considered by most people because they are just going to do what is normal for them, which is of course the school system. It makes perfect sense, people want to be in their comfort zones and they don't want other people to think they are weird. It is a huge mistake to stay in our comfort zones here. Even if it is what we are expected to do, home schooling is a much better option logically and most importantly, morally.
The school system may seem like it is necessary but in reality it is just a tool for indoctrinating kids into all kinds of nonsense, especially these days. The most obvious example of this would be evolution which has become completely mainstream almost entirely because of the school system. In more recent memory they are blatantly teaching far leftist ideas to young children but that isn't even the worst of it.
It doesn't end with that though, the system is also bad at teaching even the most basic stuff to kids. The system is designed to teach all kids one way, but everyone is unique and we learn things in different ways. Not only that but generally you don't even keep the same teachers year after year so they can't even really get to know you. Parents can teach their kids as individuals and according to the things they are actually interested in, the school system can't even compete with that. Home schoolers get better grades across the board and they spend 1/4th of the time actually doing school work. They also never get indoctrinated into any nonsense unless their parents are way off the mark or already got indoctrinated when they were in school. If you want your kid to really learn all the things they need to, including life skills that the schools never teach, homeschooling is the better choice by far.
Even more important than the actual education though is the moral problem there is with the school system. Sending a kid into that system almost guarantees they will fall away from God and there are several reasons why. The first reason is peer pressure, they will be surrounded by other kids pushing them to do all kinds of crazy stuff. Even if you are trying to raise your kids right, most other parents aren't and that will spread to your kid as well when they spend most of their days with these other kids. I know people like to think their kids can be a light in the darkness but at that age you are just asking for the light to be snuffed out. The second reason is what they are teaching which I already went into before, evolution and far leftist ideas. When you teach this stuff to a kid, they latch on to it and trust because they have no reason to think they are being lied to. You can tell them the most ridiculous crap in the world and they will believe you because they have no reason to think you are lying. The school system abuses this to make sure even kids with good parents will be lead astray. The third reason is probably the most important of all. They take your kids away from you. It has become so normal in our minds that we don't really think about it but we send our kids to be taken care of by the government for 8 hours a day plus sports and homework, by the end of it you barely even get to see your kid aside from weekends and the summer break. You can never compete with that, even the time you do spend with them will revolve around the school system that is basically trying to take over parenting for you.
This may be a shock to people but if you really study the bible you will actually find that God wants you to educate your own children. You are expected to teach them the way they should go and purposefully sending them to a place that will do the exact opposite is not doing your job. I am aware there are some situations where there is no choice but to send your kids to the public school system but in most cases there is just no reason to do it. Homeschooling is what is best for our kids and not shockingly it fits the biblical expectation perfectly. We need to stop handing off our kids to someone else and giving them all the responsibility, God expects us to teach our kids, not some random teachers being paid to indoctrinate them.
Now I know the kinds of things people are going to say so I am going to try and answer some of those things now. To the families with both Mom and Dad working, Mom should become a stay at home mom so she can homeschool the kids. The bible is very clear that men are the providers for the family, you don't need both of you out there earning money and there are more reasons than just homeschooling for that. I know just about everyone doing that thinks they could never survive without both people working but I promise you are wrong. I make 12 dollars an hour at my job and provide for me, my wife and my son without any real struggles or any government assistance. If I can do it and live comfortably, which we do, than so can you.
To the people that think they can't teach because they don't know much themselves. You can do a lot more than you think, the textbooks generally guide you through the entire thing. There are entire homeschooling courses pre-made for you that give you all the answers as well. I promise you will do just fine, it may not seem easy at first but it is the best thing you can do for your kids.
To the single parent who has literally no time to do this. This is one of the only exceptions where I can understand sending your kid to the school system willingly. My first suggestion would be to rely on grandparents or some other family to help you homeschool your kids but if that isn't an option either, all you can do is try your absolute best to counter anything the school tries to teach your kid. Most of it will be fine obviously, but a lot of it will be bad and you have to be very vigilante. As I said before the other kids will be pushing things as well that you don't want your kids to get into so just do your best.
I am sure there are more reasons people could think of to not homeschool but hopefully these answers apply to the majority. We must always do our absolute best as parents even when it is hard. A lot of parents like to think of school as a nice free babysitter so they can do whatever they want to do and that just isn't the right way to be. Our kids are important enough for us to want to give them our everything even when they make it hard for us. This is something I think we all struggle with to some extent but always try and remember, our kids are worth it.
Aitheros was in Catholic and Public schools growing up, while his wife was homeschooled.
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