When I started out homeschooling our son, I was thrilled to include God and Christianity. Today, I prefer secular homeschooling. I haven’t fallen away from God or Christianity. Nor have I become brainwashed into believing what others feel to be true even when they hold no real truth.
What is secular?
Last week I was teaching science to Bubba. At home with our (Christian) curriculum, we were learning about Evolution. At co-op (Christian based), he is in Human Anatomy. Yes, I do 2 sciences because one can not learn enough. Plus I actually enjoy learning with him. In our Christian textbook, Evolution spoke of God making the World, not the Big Bang Theory. We come from dust into man (Adam and Eve), not from Apes. Okay, I see where Darwinism works and blah, blah, blah – but I refuse to say I came from an ape. Oh well. BUT, I don’t disagree with the Big Bang THEORY. While Bubba and I were having a conversation about it, I kept throwing in the “What If” scenarios. What if God created the Big Bang?
It doesn’t hurt to ask these questions. I will never know the answer and no one will until we die.
Science and Religion can compliment each other. I am okay with my children knowing both the religion side and the science side. It isn’t going to hurt them.
Why keep them closed-minded to the world?
In Bubba’s (Christian) Anatomy textbook, it starts off with the history to Anatomy. Cool. They begin with the Ancient Egyptians. “Even though the Egyptians had religious beliefs that did not recognize God as their Creator, their ability to dissect and preserve bodies shows how far ahead they were in their understanding of anatomy. In fact, the Egyptians’ writings reveal they could do simple surgeries and even fix broken bones! That’s pretty amazing. HOWEVER, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE TRUE GOD, THEY COULD NOT GET VERY FAR IN THEIR UNDERSTANDING.”
Hold up! Pump the brakes! Teaching children that because one doesn’t believe in God they won’t get very far in any understanding (or that they are stupid) is awful. I get it, it’s a Christian based book written by a Christian company. But to teach my very impressionable son that only God is right and other religions are wrong is crap. I do not need my children growing up thinking that they are superior beings because of what or who they believe in (and pray to). We have friends from every walk of life and from many religions. Marty and I recently took the Bees to see Tibetan Monks as they prayed and chanted. During that same prayer time, they watched 2 Muslim men remove their shoes and start to pray as well.
Should have I shielded them? No. Should we have left? No. Those things would keep them in the dark. My Bees love Jesus and know God created the world. But they also understand there are other people out there who believe in other religions. I will never forget this one Christmas gift given to us by a very devout Muslim. He was a friend of Marty’s. He went out of his way to buy us this hand carved manger. It has the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Star, etc. It’s beautiful. It sits on our mantle every holiday season.
Then for Ramadan, another friend sent us a gift. It was sent with a card and it had a very meaningful, handwritten note. If Marty would not have built a relationship with them then they would not have shared their world and beliefs with us. Marty spoke to them about the Christian God and they discussed Allah and Muhammad. It’s called keeping an open mind. It’s called learning.
Marty has been all over the world for work and for leisure. He loves being able to interact with the locals. He’s so likeable and truly wants to learn from them that they always invite him in. They share their history and he helps to teach our kids. It’s called learning and growing. Call us “worldly”. Say we aren’t “Christian”. Say whatever.
We will continue to travel the world as a family. We will continue to learn from locals. We will keep our Christian based curriculum.
And we will continue to teach our kids that others are not inferior to us (by religion or socioeconomic class) .