Recently, we stayed in a Bed & Breakfast while visiting our son in Vermont. During breakfast we enjoyed the company of a lovely young woman. As we talked it was very evident that she was well educated and dedicated to her job. She just loved it and what she perceived as her ability to help bring peace and unity to the world. She was totally invested and bubbly about what she did. She came from Korea and now lives in NYC, right near the UN. She works closely with the UN, to facilitate the ability of our US schools to use technology to connect with schools around the world, so our students can study with students across the globe. She pointed out that means that our different curriculums need to be in alignment so that the students can work together and learn together. So she was there in Vermont to teach the teachers how to do that. She explained what a benefit it was to our students to have their education broadened to a global scale. It was important to have their eyes opened to other cultures and people. Though she didn’t say it out right, you knew that she thought that peace would come if people were united and learning together.
Now, I’m sure you can understand and imagine the thoughts that were going through my head as I listened to this sweet young lady. As a Christian homeschool leader and retired home educator all sorts of things were going through my mind. The turmoil that the “Common Core Curriculum” has caused is just starting to boil in our country. Parents are concerned (and rightly so) about their ability and continued right to home educate their children as God leads. However, this was a big reminder that we aren’t dealing just with NYS or even just the United States… this is a global initiative. This is man’s attempt to bring peace and unite the world. In this woman’s eyes it seemed so logical, so sweet, and just the “right” thing to do. Here we were face to face with someone that was against much of what we believed. Someone that you could say was actually helping to “bring in the end” of our freedoms and even society; and she was just this sweet, bubbly young lady full of hope and high ideals. Suddenly, I realized what was probably going to happen to us as Christian home educators. Our being and thinking differently from the rest of the world is going to cause strife, even more than it does now. As my husband pointed out we will probably be marginalized because we will be seen as being in the way of working for peace in the world. The Peace in Christ that we can offer, the True Peace, will be seen as divisive. He pointed out that this may be a big part of the persecution that we will face in the future.
Now, I haven’t told you this to scare you but to encourage you to stand strong and to continue to do what the Lord is calling you to do. God has called us to do things differently. We need to be confident in that calling and in our mission. We need to be wise in our educational decisions for our children and we need to get that wisdom from the Lord. We don’t need to be afraid that we aren’t following the standards of the world. Praise the Lord we have higher standards to fulfill. Remember that if the time comes where we have to defend our rights as parents to educate our children, that God is on our side and He will lead. May we stand united and continue to pray, as directed in 1 Tim. 2:1-3, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”
Glenn and Patti Owens
Rochester/Finger Lakes Regional Representatives