I read the following article this morning, and I thought I was in the former USSR:
Really, what right does a court have to declare that a child must be removed from her homeschool and enrolled in a government school…all because she is deemed to be “too religious”?
Scary stuff, right?
Then, I read, as Paul Harvey said, “The Rest of the Story”:
“But Amanda’s father, who has joint custody, said his ex-wife’s strict Christian teachings were socially isolating the child.”
Suddenly, this is no longer a simple case of the arbitrary violation of religious freedom, but a complicated, heart-breaking story of a broken family.
Obviously, I have no knowledge of the family, so I won’t speculate on the circumstances surrounding the divorce. Nevertheless, this case raises a whole host of questions–questions that Christians ought ask before facing such a difficult situation:
- What obligations does a woman have to her husband after a divorce? Do these change if she is abandoned by an unbeliever? What if he gets remarried?
- Is homeschooling an area in which we must obey God rather then man, or a situation in which a God-fearing woman ought to submit?
- Does fighting a case like this in court set a dangerous precedent? What should the Christian homeschooling community’s response be?
- How does a believing parent with an unbelieving spouse teach their child the absolute exclusivity of the gospel of Christ, without teaching their child, even unintentionally, to disrespect the unbelieving parent?
I don’t know all the answers, but I can’t dismiss one thought–
If this was a friend of mine, and she were still married, I would advise her to submit to her husband–and then pray like crazy.
What do you think?