According to the executive director of a “nationwide homeschool recruitment group” called “Considering Homeschooling,” the recent election was “devastating to the pro-family and pro-life agenda.” Without getting too far into whose meaning of “pro-life” is more valid, those who have questioned our most recent war of choice would probably expand the meaning of what is meant by “pro-life.” Even the stem cell debate can be cast as pro-life.
And as for who is “pro-family,” I would assume that all but the staunchest commune-ists (not communists), have no desire to rend their own families asunder.
Christian News Wire, Washington, D.C., 10 November 2006, Considering Homeschooling: Building the Values Voter Base and Hope for Future Elections
In the wake of an election that was devastating to the pro-family and pro-life agenda, Considering Homeschooling (www.consideringhomeschooling.com) a nationwide homeschool recruitment group, urges Christians families to view homeschooling as a long-term means to protect the family and influence government.
“Here is the hope — that if Christian parents took seriously the responsibility God gave them to train up their own children and homeschooled, those biblically grounded children would use the blessing of representative democracy to elect governments and pass laws that honor God and His commandments.”
To this thought I would say that the liberal desire for social justice is also grounded in the Bible. Healing the sick, giving alms to support the poor, loving enemies and not killing them, not doing to others what we would not have done to ourselves, the equality of women and men (as evidenced by both the first creation story in Genesis, and the way Jesus treated women), and perhaps changing a little water-based juice into wine, are all Biblically grounded.
Liberal Christian parents also take seriously the responsibility to “train up” their children, and some of us also homeschooled.
The homeschool voting bloc isn’t homogenous, and neither is the bloc of what constitutes ‘Christian,’ despite the P.R. equating ‘religious’ with (one flavor of) ‘Christian.’ It might be more accurate to identify the points of view within the homeschooling done by Christians as those who cleave to an apostolic tradition, or those for whom sola scriptura feels more authentic.
The divisions continue among those revere early saints (Catholic), or those with latter saints (Mormons). Very few people would conflate the doctrinal viewpoints of Anglican, Adventist or Assemblies of God; Baptist or Beachy Amish; Congregationalist or (one of the) Churches of Christ; Christian Church(es) or Christian Scientists; Lutherans or the Living Church of God; Methodist or Mennonite; Presbyterian or Pentecostal; Society of Friends or Foursquare Gospel; Jehovah’s Witnesses or Yahweh’s Assembly in Messiah (whose billboard I think I’ve seen on I-70); and so on. My apologies to the denominations I missed.
To label one interpretation of excerpts from the New Testament as universally ‘Christian’ seems to be a use of the word to project either the writer’s or speaker’s viewpoint onto the word ‘Christian’ itself. This practice discounts the wide variety of interpretation and belief that has grown from the variety of writings contained in the various versions of the Bible.
By way of example, the Midrash, the Jewish commentary on the Tanakh (the Christian Old Testament), and the Mishnah, the compilation of the Oral and Written Law, comprise volumes of text. With so much material to work with in both the Jewish and Christian traditions, it isn’t surprising that there are so many viewpoints stemming from the one (greater or lesser in terms of what is included) body of work. Examples from the other great monotheistic faith, Islam, are to be found in the divisions within it.
My point is not to say that the Considering Homeschooling viewpoint is, “spiritually and intellectually bankrupt,” or 100% wrong, or whatever will be read into my words. My point is that positing a ‘Christian homeschool voting bloc’ that is only ‘Christian,’ is like imagining a ‘Christian bowling voting bloc,’ a ‘Christian Chevy voting bloc,’ or perhaps a ‘Christian Velveeta voting bloc.’ Even the bloc of Christian bowlers who own Chevies and make cheese sandwiches using Velveeta is probable in a country where the dominant faith is some form of Christianity, and where bowling, Chevies and Velveeta are common. But the Christian viewpoint of all the bowlers with Chevies who like Velveeta will not be identical. In the same way, the viewpoint of all the parents who homeschool and who are some form of Christian will not be represented only by that of ‘Christian homeschoolers.’ We’re far too varied for that.