Is homeschooling an example of how Christians unbiblically isolate themselves from society?
Or… is this allegation an example of straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel?
This allegation is part of the apologetic of the Emergent Church to advocate more “engagement” with society.
Also, consider the following account about the response of State Approved Religious Leaders in Germany to home schooling:
“Last year the police in Bavaria held several homeschooling fathers in coercive detention. They belonged to Christian groups who claim the right of parents to educate their own children, but they are not backed by the official (state funded) churches. Reinhard Hempelmann, a spokesman of the Evangelical Church in Berlin, maintains that the homeschoolers “isolate themselves from the world and the traditional churches.” Alfred Buss, the president of the Evangelical Church in Westphalia, has said that “freedom of religion does not justify opposition against the obligation to attend school.” The Brussels Journal
While there is validity to disciples of Jesus living and serving among people in the world for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that does not justify Christian parents turning their children over to the state for five hours a day to be raised by the public schools.
So while there is validity to “not isolating” ourselves as Christians, this is a gnat compared to the camel of asking the world to raise our children for us.