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” . . . then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”
~Numbers 32:23b NKJV
We’ve all heard these words before. Yet, do we believe them? How many of us find ourselves knee deep (or maybe much deeper) in sin; yet, for some reason, we have this skewed idea that we can hide it from the rest of the world? Currently, in the homeschool community (as well as the Christian community at large), we are seeing sins coming to light. Take Doug Phillips for example. Now, I don’t know this for a fact as I’ve never actually spoken to Doug, but I’m fairly certain that he wasn’t expecting his sin to come to light. I think he thought he could keep it hidden from his family, the homeschool community, and the world. He thought wrong. But, even if he could have hidden his sin, GOD would know.
Recently I read this article and it really got me to thinking. You see, I agree with the author:
Naturally, one would hope that it is able to regulate itself, but is that even possible? How does a ‘movement’ regulate itself? Who is responsible to keep the bad apples out? The Leaders? Who are the Leaders? What if the Leaders are bad apples?
I don’t have any easy answers for this. The only answer that I do know is that any man who claims Christ must be accountable to *somebody*. The local church is generally the place for issues to be worked out (unless a crime has been committed — know when to report an issue). But if a ‘Leader’ has no local body and is in gross/persistent sin and will not work with anybody who appeals to them to stop the destruction… what do you do?
In most cases Titus 3:10-11 would answer, “Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped.”
But what if there is a danger to others? What is the moral responsibility for those who have information? These are questions my husband and I are trying to work out right now.
Likely you may soon hear about another huge and distressing ‘Homeschool Leader’ scandal. If you are a Believer you have clear commands from God’s Word on how to handle ‘breaking news’ that happens in ‘Christian Circles”.
I happen to know – because I witnessed some of it firsthand – that there is scandal brewing. Scandal – and its friend, Controversy – are two things that I tend to shy away from. But, I’m beginning to feel that I have a moral (and Christian) responsibility to not keep silent. Because isn’t silence the same thing as helping to “cover up”? And wouldn’t that essentially make me an accomplice to the crime?
I appreciated these words from Israel Wayne:
Scandal Teaches Important Lessons
I don’t think the downfall of a ministry, or a leader is always a bad thing. Okay, on one level, it’s always a bad thing. Whenever there is moral failure or corruption, that is bad. We never want that to happen. But when there is corruption, or false teaching, it needs to be exposed. It needs to come out in the light. Hiding it will only cause more people to be hurt in the end. We need to be willing to “walk in the light” as the Apostle John commanded us. Scandal teaches us that Christ is jealous for His name, and though He is patient, eventually, He will bring down any effort in His name that becomes apostate.
While I am sad and scared for the homeschool community, I’m also anxiously awaiting the revealing of truth. As a nation, we have come together after catastrophe many, many times (think: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, etc.) I am ready to see the homeschool community come together as well. We have strayed so far from the joint entity that we once were, into something ugly and hateful. I’m ready to see see that turn back around.
I encourage you, homeschooler, to check your affiliations and your loyalties. Make sure you are not putting your trust in men, but rather in God. After all, God himself tells us that very thing:
“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.”
~Psalm 146:3 NIV
When truth comes to light, where will YOU be?
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
~Joshua 24:15b NIV