God is the God of diversity. As a biologist, I have learned a lot about many different types of living things and I am constantly in awe of the amazing diversity.
In my career as an educator, I have probably seen tens of thousands of students and I have never met two the same. In fact no two people on earth are the same. Actually, there have never been two people exactly the same, ever. Isn’t that amazing?
Our God is a wonderful God of diversity, but what is man’s response to this diversity? If diversity speaks of creative genius, secular man’s alternative would have to be conformity. Everybody has to look and behave and do and believe and act in exactly the same way.
Have you ever tried doing something different? Do people say, “Good on you”? Do they say, “Hey, that’s something,” or do they actually get all threatened by you’re doing something different?
The wisdom of God is the foolishness of man, the Bible says, and the wisdom of man is the foolishness of God. So if you take a look at it, the worldly side is complicated, it’s very complex. But God’s side of it is extremely simple, so simple that a child can understand it.
Let’s look at another aspect of creation, which is freedom. Whosoever has his soul set free, so shall he be free indeed. There’s freedom on the side of God. But on the other side, we can only expect the opposite of freedom which is slavery or bondage.
On the freedom side we talk about relationships, about valuing people. On the other side, it’s religion. I’ll value you so long as you do something for me. Not, “What can I do for you?” These are different, actually opposing sides.
Putting home education on one side, we can throw home schooling on the other. How do you blend this? How do you blend these two opposing sides? Can you? Can you be somewhat worldly minded and somewhat heavenly minded?
Can you sit on the fence? Can it be simple and complicated? Can you be free and enslaved at the same time? Or are they mutually exclusive? We simply say that there are no blends, there’s only mixes, and the people that try to mix them are truly mixed up.
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am faithfully reading your weekly posts. Thanks for reminding me that education is about whom we worship. I just want to ask permission to share your e-mails on a home schooling loop.
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