Now, remember, I’m not a crack pot or a wingnut. I am a Bible-believing, self-consciously Reformed dude. I make significant efforts to keep the “fun” in fundamentalism. Further, I’m a postmillennial happy guy. I know Christ is King, that he’s Ruler of the Kings of Earth, and that he’s building his kingdom, against which nothing can stand, not even death. I’m the poster child for a Christocentric optimism. Finally, I’m not into conspiracy theories (except for the murder of JFK, but that’s a different post). I don’t even listen to Glenn Beck. So, that ought to give the reader some notion of where I’m coming from. The reason I mention these happy little ditties about myself is that I intend to answer Kris Kord’s question below. Whenever anyone turns down “free” money, one must needs defend one’s own sanity. Also, I don’t want anyone to think that the strategies and machinations of Satan will undue what Christ is doing in and through his church.
Okee dokee, so the question is why I think it’s a bad idea for Christian home schoolers to take government money for their home schooling enterprises. I’ve not studied this out, but I’ll give a brief assessment of the situation as I see it below. I’m interested in what some of my home schooling friends think about this, so I expect to hear a Holler, Yelp, Groan, and Rain Call from some folks on this. Here goes…
There are usually three reasons given by Christian home-schooling parents why it’s okay to take this money. First, it’s free money. Second, it’s money we’ve already paid out in taxes, so why not recoup some of it? Third, even though there are restrictions on how we may use the money, there are plenty of viable non-religious uses for the money.
I’ll take these in turn. First, ain’t no free nuthin, especially from the state. We shouldn’t be so naive as to think this money’s just being given away. Something’s being purchased with it. Are you willing to take that deal without knowing what you are or will be giving up for it? Second, it is tax money. Some people call this tax money toward social engineering. Some call it wealth redistribution. Some call it stealing. If you think that sort of thing is good, then this (standing alone) is a substantial reason to take the money. If, however, you’re like me and think that the government should not be taxing for education (especially lower education), then you need to refuse the benefit or your appeals for less government are empty. Not even to mention that you’ve lost any moral high ground in the contest. “I don’t want to be taxed for this and that, but I don’t have any problem taking the benefit.” Not a very impressive position. Third, do you think that the restrictions and strings will increase or decrease? Don’t you think that “free” money is meant for eventual control and undermining of everything home schooling is geared to protect? This moves me into a brief assessment of what I think is going on.
Modern ideologues (statists, sexual deviants and perverts, egalitarians, collectivists, whatnot) attempt to train and control children, and the system of government-funded and government-controlled education is their preferred tool. Now, the idol of the state cannot actually control our children, as the state is not God. So while those that trust in the state are idolaters and will not achieve their final aims, they can certainly still achieve mitigated forms of their aims, and that through education. Ideas bear fruit. Ideas have consequences. The ideas that are taught to children will influence them and will, indeed, bear fruit in their lives. Most (if not all) home-schooling parents recognize that ideas (not to mention the context of education) will influence their children and prefer to provide that influence themselves. Thus, home schooling and thorough-going Christian schools are the two educational mainstays against the ideologues that have hijacked the modern educational system, especially the government one.
What weapons or tactics, then, do the ideologues have against Christian schools and home schooling? They seem to break down into two categories: direct and indirect. Direct opposition comes in the form of outlawing everything but government schools. We see this direct opposition in various places around the world, but it’s ineffectual here (so far) in these United States. In the U.S., indirect tactics seem to be more fruitful, especially economic ones. Since home schoolers have already given up the benefit of a “free” education down the block at the multi-, multi-million dollar government school, enemies of Christ and of freedom know that they can’t just set up shop and get all the kids, they’ll need to be a little more devious and cunning. What if they offered “free” money to home schoolers with just minimal strings? That way they could keep track of home schoolers and, eventually, increase the strings. For we all know that “free” extra money today will be budgeted money tomorrow. Once home schoolers begin to depend on that government money, then they’ll have much greater control over that segment of the population that is one of the greatest threats (if not the greatest threat) to their education dominance. Personally, I can’t think of a more ingenious way to undermine home schooling than to buy it out with tax-payer money. They can buy their way in and Christian home schooler will *willingly let them do it.*
Some very important questions to answer before you take any “free” money: What’s being purchased with that money, and who’s buying it? Rest assured that something’s being bought by someone. What are you paying for “free” money? Or, better, what are you willing to pay for “free” money?
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