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.

 

 

What the Transgender Issue is About

 

As an educator for nearly forty years teaching in three states in different locales in both regular and special classes, I never encountered a single transgender student.  So why have we seemingly had an explosion of children with this issue?

The truth is that we haven’t.  However, it fits the agenda of those who want to use it to increase their control over America.  It comes from the same people who have pushed other social protest movements.  It comes from the reality that many people gravitate easily toward a cause whether legitimate or contrived, the same reality that creates cults like followers of Jim Jones.  Unfortunately the youth and naive adults are perfect targets for this mind manipulation, and especially in a society that has done everything possible to prevent teaching students logic and reasoning skills.

So, what is the goal?  Votes!  Getting enough people sidetracked into thinking this issue is so extremely important that they must support whoever will promise to “do the right thing” to fix it–is what it’s really about.

For God fearing people who are shaking their heads and wondering where it is all leading and what we can do to stop it, take heart from what the Psalmist wrote:

“Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evil doers.  They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows…They encourage each other in evil plans…They plot injustice and say, ‘We have devised a perfect plan’…But God will…turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.'” (Psalm 64: 2-8)

 

“UNARMED TRUTH AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE”?

 

Martin Luther King predicted that “unarmed truth and unconditional love” would “have the final word in reality.” Apologist Ravi Zacharias  noted that because “Our entire educational ideology in the West is propelled by a radical secular agenda…and is governed by  a scientific single vision”, we must ask the next question: “Which of the exact sciences gives us the imperatives of unarmed truth and unconditional love?”

Dr. Zacharias reminded his readers that “truth and love are not the imperatives of a naturalistic framework”, and that “those who truly wish dignity and honorable freedom can’t find it in the pure sciences.” Is it possible that this emptiness of the soul is spawning a new generation that will reject the philosophy of naturalism and gain a new outlook on truth?

It appears that we may have reached a time when serious-minded young people are beginning to ask some tough questions about the worldview they have inherited through western education and its resulting culture.  Christian apologists are encountering packed lecture halls all over the West with students waiting long times to ask their questions.  They are seeking answers that “naturalism has not and cannot give them.”

This is encouraging news for Christians who have long been praying  for a new dawning of light to pierce the darkness of radical secularism. Could there be a revival on the horizon that will bring about a new enlightenment? We must hope and pray that there is, because without it, Malcolm Muggeridge’s prediction of a “dark, dismal future for humanity”* is the likely alternative.

*All quotes are taken from the RZIM Spring 2016 Newsletter.

 

WHERE IS AMERICA HEADING IN 2016?

 

In reading and listening to news reports from across the nation, it appears that  America is becoming less civilized every day.  Respect for life, marriage, religious freedom, honesty, morality, responsibility, and so many other traditional values is eroding rapidly. The secularization of America has led to a wholesale loss of our foundational principles.  However, there seem to be fewer and fewer of us who are really concerned about it.

Consequently, “…justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.  Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes prey.” Isaiah 59:14-15

History shows the destinies of many nations before us who followed the same paths.  It is not a place we should want to go.  But how do we find our way back to the blessings America enjoyed for two centuries?

First of all, we must recognize where we’re headed and why.  Then we have to get right individually before we can pray for our nation.  2 Samuel 24:25 tells us “The Lord was moved by prayer for the land.” In 2 Chronicles 14, King Asa said, “The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side.  So they built and prospered.”

An immoral, totally secularized America is in no position to reverse the course of destruction to ourselves.  We’d better hope there are still enough righteous people left to intercede.

May God bless the efforts of Franklin Graham to hold prayer rallies at every state capital in the nation this year.  His schedule of dates is found at DecisionAmericaTour.com.

 

What to Make of Climate Change

Is climate change a real problem, and if so, is it something human beings can fix?  What I’ve found is that you can find reasonable people on both sides of the issue.  One more question I have, though, concerns why it has become so political.  Usually when I’m trying to understand such things and where I should come down on it, I often look at the people on either side and try to figure out their ideologies and philosophies.  Where do they stand on the big question of TRUTH?  Are they more inclined to be relativists or do they have a place in their worldview for absolutes?  Another test I try to employ is checking out who they tend to hang out with and support.  In other words who do they most agree with and what are those people like?   I’ve found you can learn a lot about underlying beliefs that way and how that affects what people will accept or not accept as “proof”.

Both sides of the climate debate use their own portfolio of what they accept as the scientific data.  This seems to be true on most issues of our time.  That being the case, it becomes necessary to look in other places before forming an opinion – like what information do I already have from other sources.

One of those sources is personal knowledge.  I can remember sitting in university science classes in the seventies and hearing about the threat of a return to the ice age.  There was “data” to back up the fear.  The question of course concerned whether it would be possible for humanity to survive and how should the world be planning and adapting.  I’m not really sure when the issue took a one hundred eighty degree turn and we began to worry about the opposite extreme.  However, it’s obvious that one fear became obsolete.  Is it possible that this one will do the same?

The most trustworthy source I rely on for truth is the Holy Bible.  I find it very interesting that God asked Job, “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, … when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt”?

A couple more questions come to mind.  If scientists have not successfully found a way to undo drought situations around the world or stop earthquakes or tsunamis, can we really expect them to show us how to refreeze the arctic and lower ocean levels?  Furthermore, why should we trust politicians who think they can?