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Salt and Light

One mother contacted me because her pastor was insisting that children should go to public school and be the "salt and light" for the world.  She wanted to know how she could respond.

Salt and Light is better from adults.  Saltiness is not something you are born with.  Our job with our children is to train them up so that when THEY are adults THEY can be effective as salt and light.  How about using this as your life verse: Psalms 1
Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Ask yourself how it's possible for children to NOT walk in the counsel of wicked and sinners and mockers, and how is it possible for them to meditate day and night on the Lord when they are in public school?  Look at the promise at the end.  Yields fruit IN SEASON and not earlier.

More importantly, though, you know your child, and your pastor doesn't.  Know your child and trust yourself.  You are the one accountable to God, after all, right?

It reminds me of my blog post called Success can make you look foolish.  Be willing to look foolish!

I hope that helps.  Great question!

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Comments 6

Guest - J W on Sunday, 12 October 2008 15:48

Years ago, a veteran homeschooler with several kids discussed this issue with me. She simply said, "I think kindergarten is a little young to be expecting them to be missionaries, don't you?"

Years ago, a veteran homeschooler with several kids discussed this issue with me. She simply said, "I think kindergarten is a little young to be expecting them to be missionaries, don't you?"
Guest - ~Robin (website) on Monday, 13 October 2008 17:06

awesome scriptural response-love it!

awesome scriptural response-love it!
Guest - Denise M on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 07:30

Wise words, Lee. And, Jesus didn't send out children in pairs, those were adults. What did Jesus do to the children? He blessed them.

Wise words, Lee. And, Jesus didn't send out children in pairs, those were adults. What did Jesus do to the children? He blessed them.
Guest - Cheryl on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 07:42

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men."

Actually, the Bible says we ARE salt, but if we lose our saltiness, how shall it be regained? It is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled.

So, we ARE salt, our kids ARE salt, let's PROTECT their saltiness! Let it not be lost and no good for anything.

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men." Actually, the Bible says we ARE salt, but if we lose our saltiness, how shall it be regained? It is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled. So, we ARE salt, our kids ARE salt, let's PROTECT their saltiness! Let it not be lost and no good for anything.
Guest - Laura Jay on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 09:26

Interesting that this would be the blog for this week. It must be the enemy's thought of the week because recently my sister brought up this point to me. "How can you expect them to be lights if they're not in public school?". My response was it is very hard to shine a light in a cesspool, and the fact that Jesus' ministry didn't start until he was 30...a far cry from 5!

Interesting that this would be the blog for this week. It must be the enemy's thought of the week because recently my sister brought up this point to me. "How can you expect them to be lights if they're not in public school?". My response was it is very hard to shine a light in a cesspool, and the fact that Jesus' ministry didn't start until he was 30...a far cry from 5!
Guest - Mary on Saturday, 04 June 2011 12:30

Yes! to training our kids so that they can be strong oaks, beautiful magnolias, bright lights, and "salty" salt IN THEIR SEASON. Our state homeschool monthly publication is titled The Greenhouse Report in recognition of that very belief about homeschooling.

Yes! to training our kids so that they can be strong oaks, beautiful magnolias, bright lights, and "salty" salt IN THEIR SEASON. Our state homeschool monthly publication is titled The Greenhouse Report in recognition of that very belief about homeschooling.
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