We need to have kids that can be sent off to the most hostile universities, toil in the greediest work enviormonments, and raise their families in the most hedonisitic communities and yet not be the least bit intimidated by their surroundings. Furthermore, they need to be engaged in the lives of people in their culture, gracefully representing Christ’s love inside these desperate surroundings.
This quote, which I didn’t write it myself and can’t remember where I got it, came to mind when I was talking with a mother recently. She was talking about how she was afraid to let her kid ride the bus home, because “nothing good happens on the bus.” The truth is she is right, nothing good really does happen on the bus (bad language, bullying, you know the drill), but does that mean our kids shouldn’t ride on them?
I have known some outstanding parents who have said “no, my kid will not ride the bus.” Parents who have pulled their kids off the bus, out of public school or away from non-Christian friends because they have noticed their kids being affected negatively by those environments. I know parents who have pulled their kids out of poor school systems, because they were in fact poor school systems that were only holding their kids back. Honestly, I think many of these parents were right in pulling their kids out.
I have also known parents who have left their kids on the bus, in the public school system and purposely made sure their kids have non-Christian friends. I was one of these kids. I was a bus riding, public school teenager, with several non-Christian friends. Honestly, I think I am the better for having those experiences, and I think that many other kids would be better for having hem too.
So, when if ever, is it okay to pull your child out of these environments, or should Christian parents keep their kids in there, to grow and to represent Christ?
Should your kid ride the bus? Should they go to private, or home school, rather than public school? Should the not hang out with non-Christian kids? What’s your take?