“The public school and the Christian parent have the same goal in mind for the child’s education, so my child is not being damaged spiritually by going to a non- Christian school.”
It is impossible for that statement to be true. Why? Because the Christian parent is commanded to raise the child in a Christian way and the public school cannot educate children in a Christian way. The Bible tells us that there is no neutral ground in this world- you are either with Jesus or you are against Him:
“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30)
Here we see a dramatic darkness versus light comparison. God tells Christian parents to feed children light (truth), which is only found in the Bible. The public school cannot feed them the light of the Bible and therefore the result is darkness.
Education fundamentally is about learning to think and thinking informs a person’s actions. From God’s Word, we find that all truth and therefore all true education is rooted in the truth of God.
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
This is the case even if the teaching is not explicitly anti-Christian. Simply by excluding the teachings of Christ in the non-Christian school (a silent atheism), the child implicitly learns that it is not important to have God central to how we think and live and that there is a “neutral” place in this world when in fact, there is not.
Two huge examples of this darkness and light contrast are evolution and homosexuality. The Bible says that God is the Creator and the public school teaches evolution and other alternatives to Biblical truth. The Bible teaches that men are to become one with women and be fruitful and multiply. The public school supports the teaching of same sex marriages.
These teachings have implications that shape a person’s thinking about purpose and direction in life, abortion, birth control, euthanasia, capital punishment, global warming, animal rights vs. human rights, and marriage and family- the foundational unit of our society.
A somewhat related myth is parents being fooled into believing that their child is being prepared for 35 hours a week in a non-Christian school environment by the 3 hours a week in Sunday worship and youth group. Think of a marathon runner who is training his body to run a two hour race by training two minutes a day. What kind of results can we expect from him?
Due to the overwhelming time and energy advantage (11 to 1 ratio), the battle for the mind and heart of the child is going to be easily won by the non-Christian school environment. The child has little spiritual armor and the chances that he would be trained to think like a Christian are slim to none.