Throughout history, threats to freedom have always existed. From biblical times to more modern ones, there are always those who seek to take away God-given freedoms—and those who are willing to overcome that opposition.

Threats Back Then

Recently, I was reading the book of Esther, and I realized the great courage and trust in God that both Mordecai and Esther displayed. “… But when Haman saw Mordecai … that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was filled with wrath against Mordecai.” (Esther 5:9) Haman was enraged because Mordecai did not fear him.

That same day, I contemplated the challenges and sacrifices our Texas forefathers faced in 1836 when they wrote the Texas Declaration of Independence on Mar. 2, even while the Alamo was under siege. The world is and always has been a place in which threats to freedom exist because of the sinful nature of man.

Threats Right Now

Today, there is the very real threat against homeschooling that we have been working so hard to make people aware of and to oppose before it’s too late. We continue to defend the belief that law-abiding families have a God-given right and calling to raise their children.

However, many believe that government rather than families should make decisions for children. That conflict is becoming more and more apparent as is evidenced by a recent Ohio case — in which the state removed a child from fit parents because they would not agree to help the child transition to a different sex.

The question today is, who makes decisions for children…the state or parents?

Sometimes THSC receives complaints that we spend too much time and resources on political efforts—but we are painfully aware of what is at stake. Those we elect will pass the policies that affect our liberty. We will not be dissuaded from our mission of Keeping Texas Families Free. Our focus is one reason that homeschooling is so free in Texas!

If history teaches us anything, it teaches that there will always be threats to freedom, and those who fail to respond until it’s too late will lose their freedom.

The Plea: Eternal Vigilance

I appreciate Mordecai’s urgent message to Esther—pleading with her to use her position to seek the king’s help to save God’s people. He closes the appeal with these words: “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place … And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

Perhaps God has raised up the homeschool movement not only for the blessing and benefit of our children, but to prepare us for such a time as this, when the liberty of families to raise their children is being threatened.

“Some one has justly remarked, that ‘eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’ Let the sentinels on the watch-tower sleep not, and slumber not.” – “The Virginia Free Press and Farmers’ Repository,” May 2, 1833

We believe that the best place for children is in a home with loving parents and that homeschooling is the best education model. We fight for families on many fronts. Please consider donating today to help us continue our mission of Keeping Texas Families Free!

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