Education is evangelization—always and forever...

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In response to this post, one FB reader asked, "Can you elaborate on the transition in the middle of this article?"

I responded: Thanks for the question... I say the battle for freedom in raising our children is almost the only battle worth fighting because commanding our children to do righteousness and keep the way of the Lord is at least half of obedience to the Great Commission. We talk about evangelism and being missional and overseas missionaries and witnessing and such-like because it's much more glamorous than the hard work of fatherhood and motherhood. We can claim we're doing random acts of kindness and being unselfish when we give our time or money to foreign missions while giving our time or money to raising up a godly seed is said to be entirely selfish. 

But taking a wild guess, I'd say...

throughout church history maybe ninety percent of the souls who repent and believe in our Lord Jesus Christ do so because of the hard work of their Christian parents raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. No church should neglect their own children for outside evangelism just as no church should neglect outside evangelism for raising chickens with their kiddos out on their farmlet. A good church will always have unbelievers coming to faith and the children of believers coming to faith, both at the same time.

So then, freedom to raise our children in such a way that they have the same visceral reaction against sodomy, lesbianism, and transsexuality that the words of God's Word teach and show is absolutely essential to the fulfillment of the Great Commission, and it is this precise freedom Rep. Clark opposed. We must fight her and one good place to start is showing her oppression of the white working poor whose mothers stay home to have lots of children. Rep. Clark must not be allowed to deny Christians tax revenue to educate their children. To do so is the worst sort of oppression—on a similar level to the state's self-asserted right to tell our minor daughters that they can murder our grandchildren and hide it from their parents.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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