Friday, April 8, 2011

Homeschooling Battles

There is currently a battle going on within the homeschool community.  Young Earth vs. Old Earth, otherwise know as the "I'm more Christian than you" argument.   Maybe I do not fully understand this fight because I am not religious nor do I homeschool for religious reasons, but to me the whole thing just seems absurd.  People are attacking and ridiculing each other, beating their chests, and spewing rhetoric but for what purpose?  I have a very difficult time believing that this is how God would want us to behave.  What about this passage from Matthew 22:37-40?

 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Or what about this from John 8:7?

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Or this from John 13:34-35?

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

As a lifelong Catholic (non-practicing at the moment, sorry Mom & Dad) and the product of 13 years of Catholic school I have received my share of indoctrination and holier than thou attitudes.  My current belief however is live and let live.  Why is this such a difficult concept for people to grasp?  I believe that at the end of my days it will be God, and God alone, who will judge me for the life I have lived.  I also believe that if I am a good person, love as He has commanded, and ask for forgiveness that I will receive it and not be damned to an eternity in hell because of my mistakes.  

I said it in one of my previous posts but I think it's worth saying again.  The world would be a very different place if we could just muster up a little compassion for and a little less judgement of the people in our lives that have chosen different paths than we have.  

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