When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul is a mandate to every Christian for homeschooling. He points out that, according to Deuteronomy 6, we are to teach our children when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you rise up in the morning. According to Robert Louis Dabney, “True education is…a spiritual process. It is the nurture of the soul. Education is the nurture of a spirit that is rational and moral.”
Dr. Sproul maintains that we must examine our goals for our children in light of that biblical mandate to train and raise our children in the nurture of the Lord. He feels that today, too many Christians have left that job up to the state or Christian schools.
If education is discipleship, who do we want discipling our children? What do we want them discipled in? Dr. Sproul says our first goal should be to have “our children embrace the work of Christ.” Our second goal should be to have “them do the work of Christ, to pursue his kingdom…While we want smart and godly children, character is the highest goal.”
Dr. Sproul says that if God gives us children, He will also give the ability to teach them. All that is needed is the Bible along with the format of our everyday lives to raise moral, well-educated children who love the Lord and want to serve Him. Dr. Sproul offers a biblical outlook for homeschooling, covering many of the arguments against with the best answer available: “God’s Word says.”
In this day of growing bias against anything Christian, perhaps it is time to fully look at our reasons to let others train up our children. This book provides us that perspective. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
Who should teach our children? What should they be taught? What teaching methods should be employed? A homeschooling advocate gives answers that profit all parents.