“We can’t afford Christian school tuition.”
If Christian parents must have a home that is larger than they need to live in, new cars every three years, a vacation home, significant travel, weekly dining out, a wardrobe that needs constant replenishment, and retirement accounts that get any leftover dollars, then this statement is actually true.
However, the word to consider here is “priorities.” People always do what is important to them. The question is: are the things that are important to God the same things that are important to His people? Educating children in a Christian way is one of the Bible’s most important messages. A Christian education for our children must be a priority. Choosing to downsize the home, entertainment spending, automobiles, and so on, will make monies available for Christian education.
Granted, there are Christian parents who truly cannot afford to pay Christian school tuition due to situations in their lives that are out of their control (providentially hindered). They must spend a great deal of time and effort to teach Biblical truth to their child daily through various ways such as family devotion time or Bible study. They might also apply for financial assistance at a local Christian school.
Other Christian parents have come under conviction that they must remove their child from the non-Christian school, but are unable to make the change because of past decisions that have now buried them under debt. There are resources (such as Crown Financial Ministries or Dave Ramsey) that can help a family take steps that will eventually bring them to a point where they can afford a Christian school- if they are willing to be disciplined and make the needed life changes.
Additionally, does the parent trust God to provide the means for the child’s college education?
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing? For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:30)