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Is homeschooling a biblical choice for Christian teens?

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AnneElizabeth

AnneElizabeth

I started going to new school this year (high school) and I’ve had a lot of trouble finding Christian friends to hang out with and my best friend for years has started hanging out with a not-so-good group of kids and doesn’t want to hang out with me anymore, so I always feel lonely. Between all of this, I’ve been praying and thinking about being homeschooled, but I don’t know. I feel like I would like homeschooling, but I kind of think it’s also not living out my role as a Christian also. There’s so many unreached kids who really need Jesus in school, and being homeschooled I can’t reach them and will just be hanging out with mostly Christian kids. Romans 12:2 calls us to be in world but not of it. I don’t really know what to do though because having no strong Christian friends doesn’t seem right either. I really just don’t know what to do. So, do you think homeschooling is a good option for Christians, considering what I’ve said?

December 14, 2014 at 14:15
Mandi Pi

Mandi Pi

There’s no biblical answer really–what school you go to depends on the person, their family, and what fits their needs/desires. My sister and I were homeschooled until 8th grade, when my mom decided that she wasn’t going to be able to educate us as well as a teacher at a school would, so now we go to a private school. Homeschooling worked best for us because my mom was working for the church and is a great teacher, and my dad’s job provided plenty of income. Some families I know, however, say that they would/could never handle homeschooling, and that is perfectly fine.

As for discipling others, you can do that anywhere. Homeschooling is not sinful just because you are not around the same few hundred people every day, all day, and public/private school is not sinful just because you are around the same few hundred people every day, all day. Even homeschoolers have plenty of places to socialize and spread God’s light, including with other homeschool families, because homeschooler does NOT equal Christ follower. 🙂 If you are more of an outgoing person who prefers the environment of a public or private school, and it works best for your family, then by all means, go start a mission field there–but it’s not necessary to being a good Christian.

Do you go to a church and have strong Christian friends there? I have the problem of going to a Christian school, and that and church being my only places to reach out–it’s just important to remember that no Christian environment is 100% Christian, and there is always a way to reach out in any community; God has put you there for a reason. 🙂 You don’t have to feel guilty about whatever you choose…pray, talk to your family about it, and dig into Scripture as you ask God to show you where He wants you!

December 14, 2014 at 17:37
AnneElizabeth

AnneElizabeth

I actually used to have the exact same problem as you, because I used to go to a small Christian school, but I had to leave it. But thank you so much for your advice!!! That makes things clearer and that makes a lot of sense. You have some good points. I do have strong Christian friends at my church (as well as a lot of homeschoolers) so that’s not a problem.:)

December 14, 2014 at 19:13
loveoutloud

loveoutloud

I agree with mandi- god calls different people to different places. Take missionaries, for instance- one might be called, to asia to work. However, another might be called to peru. That doesn’t make either of them wrong- just diffrent. And the thing is, we are called by god to be missionaries in our homes! You can minister wherever you are, so don’t be discouraged.

December 15, 2014 at 20:22
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

I mean. If you’re feeling excluded and uncomfortable in your environment, it’s okay to seek change–my agorphobic best friend does online school and she’s soaring there. I, however, would crash and burn without a schedule, place away from my mom (long story there) and where I have amazing teachers and friends like I do

December 19, 2014 at 19:37
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