JEM #1: Love the Lord Your God

jorgenson education manifesto

Yesterday, I introduced the idea of the Jorgenson Education Manifesto, a collection of principles that I feel my children must learn, regardless of education method–public, private, or homeschool. These guidelines will come in handy year-by-year as Matt and I ask ourselves what will best serve our family for that particular 365-day trip around the sun.

(Note: I thought about going into how we’re addressing this currently and how we might in the future…but I decided against it. For now, the Manifesto will stand on its own, open for discussion and explanation at a later date.)

Jorgenson Education Manifesto

  1. Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.

If I teach my kids nothing else in this life, they must hear this: they were brought into this world by sinners and they are sinners themselves. It’s a mark that they’re born with and it’s the fruit of wrongs that they do (Romans 3:23). There is nothing they can do to save themselves from that sin and the stakes are dire (6:23).

The only rebuttal to a sinner before a perfect God is a perfect Savior–and we have that in Christ (Romans 5:12-21).

But.

Spending a lot of time in a hospital doesn’t make you a doctor–and spending a lot of time in a church (or a Christian home) doesn’t make you a follower of Christ.

You can lead a horse to water and all that.

I have an obligation to make the gospel very clear to my children, to show them over and over and over again the love poured out for them, the lavish sacrifice of a Creator who made them (even though he didn’t–and still doesn’t–need them), the life offered to them if they just believe. And follow.

This one is less about them and their education and more about my responsibility to them, but it has to be at the forefront of my mind and our education plans. I pray that they will hear my voice and that I will not grow weary (or long-winded…) in telling them.

And it’s one that doesn’t change hands if we choose a different school option in the future: it will always be my job to instruct and remind my children of God’s faithfulness, grace, and mercy.

And it will always be my job to teach them to love their neighbor through kindness, friendship, and service.

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