I was talking to a fellow homeschooler about her new church and I asked if her children attend the youth group.
She wrinkled her nose and said, “Oh no. There are way too many public school kids there.”
(Please note that this response is not indicative of most homeschoolers I know).
She then moved on to talking about another subject, but her response remained with me.
It made me incredibly uncomfortable.
Didn’t Jesus tell us to go? (Matthew 28:19)
Those kids in public school need Jesus. They need to know that He loves them.
We began homeschooling because God directed us to do so. It was never part of my plan, that’s for sure. I went into it kicking and screaming and scared to death. But I obeyed…and it has been a tremendous blessing.
However, we didn’t keep our kids in a bubble. That was not God’s intention, nor was it ours. They played with kids in the neighborhood, went to church with kids from both public and private schools, volunteered in the community.
We had zero interest in creating a little Christian community where all our friends were Christians and all our activities centered on church.
It’s real easy to become a Pharisee that way.
In just a few weeks, our homeschooling journey will come to an end. Our son is already in the local high school and our daughter will attend there in the fall. They were ready and it is a good thing.
It is God’s path for our family, but it certainly is not the right path for everyone.
However, one path that is always right for Christians to take is the path that leads us to relationship with the people in our lives: our friends, our neighbors, teachers and students in the local schools, the needy in our community. They have been sovereignly placed there by God and we are commanded to reach out to them with the love of Christ.
Why would you not rejoice that there are public school kids participating in a church youth group?! They are in a place where they can hear the Good News!
Are they perfect? Of course not.
Neither is your child. Or mine.
Nobody is perfect.
We are all in need of grace.
We all need to hear about a God who loves us with an everlasting love, a God who is always reaching out to us, a God who has made a way for us to be made right with Him (John 3:16).
The greatest privilege we have as Christ followers is to be able to tell others about His extravagant, breathtaking love and His radical salvation! We can hardly do that if we spend our lives only associating with other Christians.
Don’t be afraid to pop the bubble…the world desperately needs the message that we have been given the privilege to share.
“Cultural withdrawal isn’t an option. In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world…but consider this: salt and light have no effect without first making contact with something. Salt prevents decay only when it comes into contact with the meat it’s meant to preserve. A dark room cannot be lighted until a lamp is brought in and placed where it will shine…Jesus didn’t invite the world to come to church; He directed the church to go into the world (Matthew 28). This means every Christian is a missionary.”–Tullian Tchividjian, Unfashionable pp. 82-83