I was speaking with someone the other day, and erudite, godly and kind-natured man. We were talking about homeschooling, and he commented that one particular group wanted to "cocoon" their children. Now, not for one minute did I take offense--his children are in a private Christian school, and he is contemplating homeschooling his oldest child soon. But he has not reached the point where I have been for YEARS! The world is a place from which our children should be sheltered. Michael and I are always seeing these disturbing statistics about the number of children raised in Christian homes who leave their faith by the way after leaving home. The world's influences are powerful and insidious--they are the tools of their master, "the prince of the power of the air"--see Ephesians 2:2.
Our daughter has recently come face to face, in at least two situations, with Christians whose actions are no different from those who belong to the world. She and her true friend Sarah have dealt with it accordingly--through prayer. Virginia's heart is heavy, but she has learned some important lessons in discernment. So have I.