These articles resonated with me when I first read them in 2005. I identified with wanting to protect my children from the influence of the world and we had taken some measures by home schooling my two youngest, from parts of middle school through high school, and not allowing my son to play on the basketball team in high school — something I would reconsider today in the right environment. I believe we had always had a joyful household but I had never seen a true vision for the needs of a family put into words the way these articles did…
- Jumping Ship (Part 1) — What to do so your children don’t jump ship to the world when they get older
- Jumping Ship (Part 2) — There is an epidemic of young adults jumping ship from their Christian upbringing to join the world’s parade
- Jumping Ship (Part 3) — I was one of those children who jumped ship, and I did so for all the reasons you listed. My parents were hypocrites and expected the same from my sister and me
- Jumping Ship (Part 4) — If you want to almost guarantee that your children will not jump ship (other factors being equal), provide a community life that holds promise of suitable future mates
- Jumping Ship (Part 5) — What to do when you have a child who has jumped ship
I would encourage all parents that have felt the urge to protect by homeschooling, moving out of the city, cutting off all potentially harmful influences etc.. to read this series of articles, not to lessen the urge to protect but to provide fuel for thought on the true needs of a family.
UPDATE: I do not endorse all that the Pearls teach and encourage. The needs of your family may be different than the Pearls. The point is you need to provide needs. It’s not just about protection. Your heavenly father has provided your needs. He didn’t erect hedges, borders, and walls to keep you from anything potentially harmful. He lovingly provides the good so we will know how to resist the evil.