My readers are from all over the world… and I welcome you!! I love having such an international readership! But today I want to let you all know that my home country Canada needs your prayers.
Alberta is a province in the “Bible Belt” of Canada. Historically that province has had many Christian churches, leaders and politicians rise up and serve our country well. The Lord has blessed Alberta leadership with wisdom over the years, and perhaps because of that they are the wealthiest province in Canada when considering debt loads and income levels.
However, it seems the wind has changed direction. We need people all over to pray for Alberta, and in particular for homeschoolers in that province and elsewhere in Canada.
Homosexuality and Education
Here’s the latest news bite:
“EDMONTON, Alberta, February 23, 2012…Under Alberta’s new Education Act, homeschoolers and faith-based schools will not be permitted to teach that homosexual acts are sinful as part of their academic program, says the spokesperson for Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk.
“Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications, told LifeSiteNews on Wednesday evening.”
This is a serious concern for all our kids, but it’s particularly invasive for homeschoolers.
That’s right. The government now wants to censor private speech in private homes and remove the religious freedom we have to teach our children what our Holy Book, the Bible, says. They are unashamedly taking away the rights we have as private Christian citizens and parents under the guise of ‘respecting differences’.
McColl later made a vague comment that homeschoolers are allowed to teach their religion as long as it’s not on ‘academic’ time and not through educational materials.
Hmmm… What is ‘educational material’? Many families use the Bible and other Bible-based resources in their schooling. And what is ‘academic’ time for a homeschooler?
School is Life
Homeschooling is a lifestyle. Yes, we have spend time doing school, but life is incorporated into our schooling. We don’t separate school and faith and chores and work. It’s all part of the same ball of wax.
One of the great advantages of homeschooling is being able to integrate our education into our lifestyle. We want our children’s faith to permeate all they do, so we teach math alongside character and work ethic alongside essay writing. Praying when we have a hard question, or when the kids are fighting, or when we are learning about the persecuted Christians in China is part of our everyday lives.
Teaching my kids about homosexuality is part of our everyday conversation. It’s part of our Bible reading plan. It’s part of our prayers. It’s part of who we are.
What McColl doesn’t understand is this: while we teach that homosexuality is indeed a sin, we also teach our children to love people regardless of their sinful choices. Just because someone is living in sin doesn’t mean they are outside the reach of Jesus’ love and we want our kids to know that and live it out.
If I teach about homosexuality from my faith perspective it doesn’t mean I hate homosexuals (quite the opposite actually) and neither does it mean I’m a homophobe. It means that I have explained to my children what homosexuality is, what God says about it, why it’s not a healthy lifestyle, and why we need to love the people that choose that lifestyle.
Take time to pray!
My first call is to be a Christian. Everything else comes after that.
There are Christian families in Alberta who feel the same way. They need our prayers. We need your prayers.
As this continues we may see a further increase in the persecution of Christians in our country. It’s been going on for some years now, but it’s mostly been hiding under the radar. This time we may not escape as easily as before.
We need to pray and fight for the rights of Christians in Canada to teach what the Bible says, in their own homes, in their own private conversations, to their children.
Will you join us in praying?
If you live in Alberta, please call your MP or talk to someone at HSLDA (Home School Legal Defence Association) for more information on how to get involved to stop this craziness.