Years ago when the Empire State Building in New York City was the tallest building in the world, my parents took me to the top of that majestic structure. We stepped off the elevator on the 86th floor and spent some time looking over the city from the observation deck. As a breeze ruffled our hair in that open-air space, we waited our turn to take the one elevator up to the top floor.
When the elevator operator opened the door to allow us out on that highest level, we noted that there was only a small walkway a few feet wide around the elevator shaft. The outside walls of the building on that floor were all glass. I remember being slightly claustrophobic, and then I felt the building swaying in the breeze. At that point all I wanted to do was get back down to the ground. As we descended, I felt a little better when I recalled the fact that the structure was standing on a solid rock foundation. That moment brought to mind Jesus’ parable of the wise man who built his house upon the rock compared to the foolish man who built his house upon the sand.
A strong biblical foundation is very stabilizing to families, churches, and countries. The once-solid pillars of our country are crumbling at an alarming rate because our society has rejected the Bible as its core. The appeals of many God-fearing Christians who see what is happening seem to be falling on the deaf ears of more and more leaders. There is a tendency on the part of some concerned parents to join the despairing cry of David in Psalm 11:1-3 and ask the question, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” But instead of a despondent throw-up-the-hands attitude, the believer should ask, “If the foundations be destroyed, tell me what I can do to help rebuild them.” The remaining verses of that short chapter give some insights and point out who is really in charge; the LORD himself.
The question could be asked, “Is there any hope for the country when righteous living and a biblical worldview are increasingly being rejected and even scorned?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” God is at work to show the world that his ways are perfect and really do work when they are applied.
Christian home education is one of those ways. Parents who realize God has commanded them to accept the responsibility of training their children are making a difference. Those families are producing young adults who can think clearly and independently outside the box of sterile, institutional learning. They are turning out young adults who can converse with any age, interact with society in a significant manner, assume leadership roles in the community, and train their own children to follow Jesus Christ. As Christian home education grows, so grows hope for our country and the world.