Saturday, June 12, 2010
Education (part 38)
It's not uncommon for a movement to take on its own characteristic dress and vocabulary. This identifies who's "in" and who's not. On a trip through Montana we were at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and in came some Mennonites dressed in their unique garb. I overheard a little boy who was with his father, ask: "Daddy, are these real pilgrims?" He apparently thought he had stepped back in time.
Some homeschoolers have created their own subculture that's out of touch with the time and place where God has placed them, imagining some golden age in the past when things were simple and pure. It's a romanticized and false image and thus it's not real. While I strongly favor the liberty of parents to dress their own children how they like, the "Little House on the Prairie" uniform does not prepare children to be adults and to capture the culture for Christ. Modesty is essential but frumpy does not adorn the gospel.