Kim at Mercy Days has a great post on 'Why Homeschool'. I felt like she was reading my thoughts. She has articulated it very well.
This seemed like it was a big issue in the beginning when we first started to homeschool. So many people had an opinion on what we were doing and felt the need to let us know. It quieted down for several years but with our oldest going into 8th grade and high school on the horizon opinions have started coming out again. This time more direct and at times a little ugly.
I would NEVER say that everyone should homeschool. Nor would I say that all Christians should homeschool. I have some wonderful Christian friends that are teaching in the public schools and impacting their students, being salt and light. I just know my kids and at this point they are just not ready to be salt and light. I think they would start out strong, but with the daily erosion of the world, I think they would loose their saltiness and be desensitized. So it is MY/OUR job to prepare them so when they do go into the world whether it be school, college, or the work force they will stand strong and not dim their lights. This is also a good reminder to me to give them plenty of opportunity to be in the world now, and have 'controlled exposure'. That they see me be salty interacting with our neighbors and others we come in contact with.
Until God releases me from homeschooling our children, here is where we will be. 'Release' may sound like a negative word, but I have not intended it that way. God would have to make it very clear to us that we needed to do something different.