WHAT IS TRUTH?

It seems that just about everyone blogging or commenting on issues of the day claim to represent truth.  However, their ideas are often diametrically opposed to each other, and we find ourselves living in a fractured society.

The post truth mindset of our time tells us we can all have our own truth.  The result has been confusion and increasing dissension.  So, is there a way to know which convictions are right?

Jesus Christ said that he is the truth.  He told Pilate that everyone on the side of truth listens to him.  Since close to 80 percent of Americans still claim they believe in Jesus, it is astounding how many of us seem to get our “truth” from other sources.

If all truth must be in agreement with Jesus, the only place to get it is the Bible.  But, we must approach it with the knowledge that either all of it is true or all of it can be questioned, and that concept brings us right back to the problem of depending on ourselves for truth.

Depending on one’s self for truth is a deadly snare.  Scripture tells us Satan is a deceiver and appears as an angel of light.  Christians who spend little to no time searching the Scriptures for themselves and letting it form their worldview will most likely find themselves more in agreement with Hollywood and unbelievers than with the Bible.

Jesus also taught that truth and freedom are connected.  That tells us that if the light of truth goes dim in America, freedom will suffer as well.  Those who value freedom must recognize the importance of finding eternal truth, a truth that doesn’t depend on our own understanding.

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DISRESPECTING AMERICA

Why the growing disrespect for America’s symbols?  In fact it is a hatred for America itself.  But what is really behind it all?

It has been brewing for decades among a cadre of highly educated fools who claim Americans should be ashamed of their country because of its failure to get everything right on slavery, women, and Native Americans in 1776.

They want to pull it all down and start over with their enlightened knowledge of what constitutes real freedom.  They want a revolution much like the French Revolution of 1789, which was a reign of terror led by Robespierre and his terrorist group of Jacobins.  They apparently don’t believe that all such ill-conceived revolutions lead to needless bloodshed and ultimately to dictatorships, but history proves them wrong.

Unfortunately, many of the black population they claim to represent have been subjected to “carrying their water” by stirring up discontent, protest, and violence.  This is only the beginning of a new type of slavery should the malcontents succeed.

Those of all races who recognize it for what it is must resist and work together to stop it.

 

Planned Parenthood, the KKK, and Hitler?

Surely the day will come when association with Planned Parenthood will rightly be treated with the same disgust and contempt as the KKK and racism are today.

Although proponents argue that Margaret Sanger, the most notable of its founders, was not racist, she was a strong supporter of eugenics to control population.  It is not contested that she wanted  Congress to “solve the population problem” through birth control, abortion, and closed immigration for people with disabilities.  She also wanted a law that would force couples to get a “permit to become parents” and believed that large families should be against the law.

Even if Ms. Sanger and her sympathizers may not have intended for their policies to destroy black babies in greater numbers than others, that is what their “Negro Project” led to.  It has not raised the standard of living for Blacks, as they claimed it would.  A realistic look at our society makes that abundantly clear.

To contend that Planned Parenthood has done a lot of good through health care for poor women is no better excuse for its existence than Hitler’s support for environmentalism and “medical research” were for his sadistic and evil dictatorship.

What Margaret Sanger and “social progressives” of today have in common is the idea that people like them are the ones who ought to decide who should live and who should die.  It comes from that age old lie that a perfect race can be forcibly achieved for the good of humanity, be it Hitler’s Aryan race or something planned by highly educated elites in America.

Many people who support popular programs like Planned Parenthood are unaware of their real history. Our society has made it difficult to learn what we need to know from history by refusing to teach it accurately and completely to our children.  However, at some point the ugliness of such movements will be revealed, just as it was with slavery and the Nazis.

The Greatest Threat of Our Time

The greatest threat of our time is the battle going on for the minds of our youth.  It is the age- old battle to control what children are taught, because that always determines what most will believe and to whom their allegiance will belong.

Just as Hitler could never have succeeded in committing his level of atrocities on the world without first capturing the minds of Germany’s youth, so also America could never have fallen to its current condition without the classroom.

The hatred, violence, anarchy, and division across the land are a direct result of misuse and misdirection of America’s classrooms.

The first assault was the same one that has been pushed throughout the ages. It was and is to discredit the Scriptures. The same question that led to the fall of man has brought America and most of the West to the same precipice.  “Has God really said?”

Young people who would not readily fall for atheism could and have been persuaded to be suspicious of and uncomfortable with much of the Bible. They have fallen for the same lie as Eve; that she could become as God and decide good and evil for herself.

We have gone from the secularization of the classroom to the intended atheistic or agnostic mindset of much of America. We have accepted the practices of homosexuality and abortion, and now perhaps the intended final blow to God’s created order is near.

The transgender issue is making its way through the schools in just the same way as the others. If one wants to know how successful that effort is, just Google “Nashville Statement”, an outline of biblical teaching on human sexuality. The outpouring of vitriol against it says it all.

We have come to the place where to revere the Scriptures is labelled HATE.  That is coinciding with increasing intolerance toward Christianity and if unabated will lead directly to persecution through destroying reputation, employment, and freedom for those who follow Christ.

Climate Change and Noah’s Flood

The Judeo-Christian ethic has been nearly extinguished throughout much of the West, and political group think has taken its place.  Over the past fifty years, truth has been practically evicted from the public square, and “Everyone does what is right in his own eyes”, as it was in the days of Noah.

Ironically, many are now freaking out about the possibility of rising oceans due to climate change.  They are frantic that President Trump’s decision to drop out of the Paris agreement will lead to Doom’s Day.  Apparently they don’t remember or never knew that the rainbow was God’s solemn promise that the earth would never again be destroyed by a flood.

How striking it is that the symbol of the rainbow was hi-jacked by a movement that has denied and rebelled against God’s created order for human beings!  There is good reason to be concerned about Doom’s Day, but it will not come from a flood.

 

Why School Choice Could Be Crucial for America

Free speech, freedom of religion, and civility are at an all-time low in America, and it is a direct result of what has happened to and through education in this country.

Public schools in America were birthed with noble ambitions. The founders knew that education is an essential building block of civilization. They recognized that schools must teach wisdom, morality, and knowledge. We needed a common foundation to foster and protect freedom for everyone. Religion was not to be coerced, but it was to be respected.

However, in the past decade, America became one of the top countries in the world seeing a rise in both governmental restrictions and social hostility toward religion.  There are efforts to silence any speech that offends a politically correct viewpoint. We are seeing continual protests against speakers on college campuses, and some are not only disruptive but violent as well. Young people, around ninety percent of whom are products of public schools, seem increasingly unwilling to allow any differing viewpoint to be heard, especially if it is out of step with the liberal left dogma they have been spoon fed.

Realistically, the role of the schools in fostering the current climate cannot be ignored.  As naturalistic thinking began to take over in the universities and moved down to elementary and secondary schools, more emphasis was placed on changing how children think and removing old standards. Traditional studies like history and civics gave way to include feminism, alternate life styles, and tolerance for worldviews that deny absolute truth.  Basic skills took a nosedive, and so did responsible behavior.  Calls for reform only resulted in more confusion.

Reformers always claimed to pursue excellence through higher standards and critical thinking skills. However, programs and curriculum that arose continued to focus on beliefs and social behaviors in opposition to America’s founding principles. There was a push to centralize all public education under common national goals. The intention was for every child to reach the same outcomes. Many good teachers frustrated by the absurdities became discouraged or gave up altogether.

It will take a spiritual awakening and revival of the church to really change the culture in America.  However, changing public schools is no longer an option.  Because of the entrenched power of “intellectual supremacists” and their post truth worldview over education, we will be locked into national decline until that power is taken away.

Next to prayer, school choice is our best weapon to force necessary changes in the direction of our society. All parents deserve the opportunity to protect the minds of their children from unwanted indoctrination and be able to teach them to become civilized individuals. They also deserve schools that will keep their children safe from bullying, assault, and violence.  Competition from a choice environment could also force government schools to become more responsive to parental oversight.

We are at a critical time in our nation’s history and cannot afford to ignore it.  Christians must return to the Lord in our thoughts and actions, and we must ask ourselves why so many of us have more in common ideologically with Hollywood and unbelievers than we do with other Christians. That must change if we hope to have a positive impact on society.

What Donald Trump Can Do For Education

A very wise person once said, “The policies of the classroom in one generation will be the policies of the government in the next.”  Over the past forty years, America has seen the truth of that statement borne out.

The take-over of education policy by the federal government has produced a Dis-United States with racial, religious, moral, and civil tensions of unprecedented proportions. The starkness of this was played out in the violent protests of young people demanding that the lawful, constitutional election of 2016 be overthrown because they didn’t like the outcome.  The majority of those arrested for rioting had not even voted.

The President’s failure to uphold the laws of the land with which he disagreed and his willingness to allow states to disobey federal law no doubt had an impact on students’ disrespect for the Constitution and their willingness to resort to anarchy after the election. From Berlin, the President told students protesting the election in America not to remain silent.  In other words, he was telling them to keep it up.

In Lincoln, Nebraska, a school told students they should not fly the American flag for Veterans Day because it might produce  post-election backlash. One student’s flag on his vehicle was destroyed. This goes along with the practice of several well-known athletes refusing to stand for the National Anthem. It appears that patriotism is now an offense to some Americans. Is it possible that our education system is complicit in this changing view?

In San Francisco the teacher’s union endorsed a lesson plan that portrayed the President-Elect as “a racist and sexist man who had pandered to a huge racist, sexist base.”  A spokesperson for the union said that the purpose was to allow students a voice and to “validate their feelings.”

During the eight years of his presidency, the Obama administration pushed far left social issues by way of the schools, calling for non-gender bathrooms and special protections and considerations for homo-sexual and bi-sexual students.  Students were also witnesses to the celebration from the Obama White House for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Writer for The National Review, David French, said “The stakes are now clear: We must fix our education system or slowly but surely lose our culture.”  He is right on, and one of the best things the new administration can do to fix it is to give all parents choice in the education of their children. For until children can be rescued from the postmodern, politically correct stranglehold on the public schools, the situation will not improve. Many parents are tired of the federal government dictating what their children are to believe and  what they must become.  Choice will force the public schools to either start responding to the will of the people or begin to die.

Naturalism 101

It is back to school time again, and as a retired teacher, I get a little nostalgic this time of year.  I’m reminded though of how much has changed in the classroom over the last fifty years.  It isn’t so much the curriculum as it is the attitude.  Where there was once a shared culture that included respect and appreciation for teachers and other authorities, that value has been greatly eroded.

The question is, “Should our society be worried about it?”  Many people aren’t concerned, and some even think it’s a good sign. They see it as validating the goal of secularism to teach naturalism and all of its ramifications. Naturalism, or evolution on steroids, says that “Nature is all that is, or was, or ever will be.”  It is a philosophical, perhaps even religious statement (Nature being its God), but it is definitely not a scientific one.

Nevertheless, children will be spoon fed its doctrine in every area of their schooling, even by unwitting teachers.  Naturalism will subtly teach them that all things are relative, there are no moral absolutes, and religion belongs in the category of superstition. The message children will receive is that  they are all just part of purposeless, meaningless matter in motion.  This means that they don’t have a soul or an eternal destiny, so they will just dance to their DNA until they die.  It means that nature is red in tooth and claw and that only the strongest survive.

So, why should anyone be worried about this?  First of all because it is a lie, and lies have bad consequences.  We can see some of those consequences in unrest, disrespect, intolerance, and bigotry throughout the nation.  We see it in corruption in business and government.  We see it in broken families and broken neighborhoods, and this is just scratching the surface.

It is something we should be concerned about if we care about freedom, justice, and peace in our country.

So, what can be done about it? First, naturalism must be critically examined and exposed as the pseudo science it is. We must teach our own children how to think rationally and defend their faith by helping them to understand the difference between a philosophy and real science.  Especially when dealing with the high school and college levels, we should insist on vigorous debate and refuse to allow “the science is settled” argument to shut it out.

Naturalism is firmly entrenched in academia, media, and government, so it will not be defeated easily. Nevertheless, we who care must hope and strive for the day when truth will set us free.

 

Needed:Students Passionate For Jesus

Billy Graham once wrote, “In recent history, young people have been used both to save and to destroy nations.  And today, all over the world, young people are filled with energy, eager to change their generation.”

We can be thankful that there are signs of youth revival in America such as a recent one at a high school football stadium in West Virginia where many students surrendered their hearts to Jesus.  Ravi Zacharias and his team of apologists are witnessing hundreds of young people on college campuses hungry for answers, waiting for long periods of time after Ravi and others speak to ask their questions.

Sadly, though, many young people who grew up in Christian homes go off to the universities and find themselves rejecting the faith of their parents and their church.  Perhaps some of it can be rightly blamed on the failure of Christians to live what they preach.  Maybe it is part of a necessary finding of their own faith and not a willful rebellion.  In too many cases, however, it is a conscious choice that will lead to bad things.

Apologist Stuart McAllister wrote, “At this moment in our cultural history, the dominant images and icons are those positioned as ‘against.’ Against what? Everything, it seems.”  He called those under their spell “Rebels Without a Pause”.  No doubt among them are  some “Christian” young people who have decided to keep the Christian label but reject the teaching or change it to suit what they want to believe.  They are the ones who are most apt to justify themselves by trying to “re-educate” everyone else around them.  They will not be an influence for positive change unless and until they realize that they don’t have all the answers.  Only Jesus does.

Paul’s admonition to Timothy was to not let anyone despise his youth.  The only way for Timothy to do that was to follow the teachings of Paul (which all followed Scriptural truth) and not to rely on his own knowledge. (1 Timothy 6: 20-21 and Proverbs 3:5-6)

If we are among those who are crying out to God for our nation right now, shouldn’t we be praying that He will raise up a new generation of young people who are willing to become radical followers of Jesus?  If we do this effectually and fervently, perhaps we will witness the greatest revival this nation has ever seen.

 

 

 

 

Government Policing School Bathrooms?

Our public schools became incubators for misguided sex education around fifty years ago, but few realized where it would eventually take us. Those who led the sexual revolution viewed sexuality as a means of transforming human beings in order to usher in a more ideal society. Their Utopia was to have no moral restraints and no restrictions whatsoever on sexual behavior.  It seems our current president and his administration are in lockstep with them.

President Obama has ordered that all public schools make it a priority to allow transgender students into whatever bathrooms they prefer. This will no doubt include locker rooms, dorm rooms and sports teams soon. His policy will also affect speech codes for teachers and students.  No one will be allowed to question a student who claims to be transgender or ask for any proof. One has to wonder if the goal is to totally remove gender identification from our schools.

We know Hillary Clinton will be in complete agreement with such policy, and Donald Trump has shrugged his shoulders when questioned on the transgender issue.  He doesn’t seem to have a problem with the president’s bathroom mandate.

So, what can concerned parents do about it?  Not a lot unless they can get their children out of public schools.  Parents can and must push their state government to resist by expanding the voucher system and even refusing federal funding to their schools if necessary.

David French, staff writer for National Review, has wisely suggested that churches form coalitions to provide support for their communities’ best private schools. Concerned citizens must pursue every avenue open to us in order to combat this very real destruction of our culture.