As a Christian homeschool parent, I was a bit surprised when a fellow Christian homeschool parent asked me to write about and promote a secular curriculum. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” So, allow me to share with you why our family chooses a Christ-centered curriculum, and I hope you will see why I cannot promote a secular curriculum.
Proverbs 22:6 admonishes us to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” The Scriptures do not leave us in doubt as to what “way” is meant. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 tells us, “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, when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house and on thy gates.” Christian parents are directly responsible to God for raising children who know Him, love Him, and follow Him in every area of life. This includes homeschooling. 2 Corinthians 10:5 reads, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We need to remember that math is a thought, science is a thought, grammar is a thought; and every subject should be studied with the purpose of discovering the God-given meaning contained within, bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Our family chooses to a Christ-centered curriculum because it brings every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we should not be ashamed to share these resources within the homeschool community.
I understand that many parents are choosing to homeschool their students due to the coronavirus pandemic and that they are seeking resources; but as Christians, we should not promote a secular curriculum, simply because we are helping a non-believer begin their homeschool journey. We should share in meekness the joys of homeschooling and our reasons for choosing a Christ-centered curriculum because this may be the tool God uses to win a lost soul to Christ!