Of Christians and Homeschooling
As many of you may know, several months ago I had issues with my support group wanting everyone to sign a statement of faith. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a Christian. It was more of a principle thing - a group for military homeschoolers, that meets on base, shouldn't have a religious requirement. One of the reasons I enjoy homeschooling so much is showing CG that there are other views and allowing him to decide for himself.
I've noticed in the Christian Homeschooling realm that there are two distinct beliefs about Creation. The first is Young Earth (YE); from what I can understand (and please correct me if I'm wrong) this is the belief that God created the earth in 6 days (six 24 hour periods). This is basically the literal interpretation of the Bible. The second set (now just Christians, of course) is Old Earth (OE). This is the belief (as I understand it - again correct me if I'm wrong) that while God did indeed create the earth we don't know how long six days was all those years ago -one day could equal 500 years or whatever. After all, who decided there were supposed to be 24 hours in a day? Now include the theory of evolution and you can see - there are a lot of different views to teach.
While I stand firmly in the OE realm, I have no issues with people who believe otherwise. That is their choice and after all, we live in America - which was founded on religious freedom. However, there are Christian Homeschooling Organizations who feel that we, as Christians, homeschoolers, and Americans are not able to discern what is right or wrong, and what we should teach our children. One such group is in Colorado. In an effort to not confuse the name or anything else incredibly important, here is a link to a blog about what they have done/are doing.
As many of you know, I do use Sonlight and I find it incredibly Christian. So, for someone to decide it's 'not Christian enough' makes my blood boil (kind of like the military homeschool support group). Once again, IMHO, it kind of spits in face of what "Christians" are supposed to be.
I fear, that many of the same labels for other religious groups are going to end up getting placed on Christians as a whole. All Muslims are not terrorists and I don't want non Christians to think that all Christians are intolerant of other peoples beliefs.
I have friends and relatives who fall into all faith and lifestyle groups. I love all of them and respect their decisions and beliefs - after all, isn't that what being a true Christian is all about?