Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Food for Thought

“Let it be remembered, that I do not speak to the wild, giddy, thoughtless world, but to those that fear God. I ask, then, for what end do you send you children to school? “Why, that they may be fit to live in the world.” In which world do you mean, — this or the next? Perhaps you thought of this world only; and had forgot that there is a world to come; yea, and one that will last for ever! Pray take this into your account, and send them to such masters as will keep it always before their eyes. Otherwise, to send them to school (permit me to speak plainly) is little better than sending them to the devil. At all events, then, send your boys, if you have any concern for their souls, not to any of the large public schools, (for they are nurseries of all manner of wickedness,) but private school, kept by some pious man, who endeavours to instruct a small number of children in religion and learning together.”

John Wesley

Are these words offensive or extremist? Or are they words written by a man who has not been pressed into the world's mould, whose life's ambition is to follow God, not the crowd?

I'd love to hear your views :)

1 comment:

Alyssa Scott said...

Deuteronomy 11; Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." and Matt 6:19-21 "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

I was homeschooled all my life but 2 years. So of course I do not agree with the system. No where in the Bible does it talk about some one else teaching our children Deut 11:18-22. I understand though in some countries it cannot be helped therefore (even in the best circumstances) Home MUST be where the heart is. :)