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A Social Disorder

2 Chronicles 10:6-10 :

King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, “What counsel do you give me about how to answer these people?”

They spoke to him, saying, “If you are kind to these people, please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”

But he abandoned the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. He said to them, “What counsel do you give, that we may give an answer to these people, who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Make the yoke that your father put on us lighter?’ ”

The young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you shall tell the people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but make it lighter on us;’ thus you shall say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. Now whereas my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.’ ”

Many times in my life I have heard people express their concerns about the well being of home-schooled children. Their concern is usually about their social maturity. It seems true to them that children who spend most of their time with their own family, will not have a wide enough social experience to mature like children who go to the public school.

For some reason, Rehoboam chose to take the advice of friends his own age instead of the well-seasoned and experienced advice of his father's council. We don't know for sure why he did this here, but what we do know is that Rehoboam's friends gave worse advice. Had Rehoboam branched out of the confines of people in his own age group, his life could have been better.

The modern education system not only removes students from their parent's influence, it segregates children by age group. Sorry to say, churches have followed the same pattern. Is it not more likely that children who live with children and adults of various ages, actually gain powerful social skills because of it? Wouldn't they be more likely to listen to wise adults if they had the positive experience being taught by adults who love them? Wouldn't they have more opportunities to learn how to take care of and teach those who are younger than they are?

God designed the family to be the best social development system there is. The more time spent in a healthy, God honoring family, the better off the children are. Although we don't know why Rehoboam did what he did, we do know that we should do whatever we can to help our children not do what he did.

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