I have recently been thrust into temptation. After being very close to the Lord, and I still am, I was hit by a barrage of attacks on my moral character. And I did not fall for it. But this is how the enemy works, friends, and I am thankful because it means I am doing well. The enemy does not attack to this extent someone he owns. So I am happy to have been through a rough spot and am still strong, even stronger for putting my trust in God for help and strength. And I can attest that when you go through the fire, pull up your trust in God and thus do some morality pushups and humble your spirit and you will come out ahead. Praise God!❤❤❤
I saw a funny satire on progressives by Babylon Bee that stated “Progressives push to remove oppressive one way signs”. It is funny because people are on the verge of losing their mind like this. By making everything relative or subjective rather than objective, we end up with a moral agenda or do whatever the heck you feel like today. There has to be absolutes. “Only go this way” is certainly a big one that many people are accosted or offended by when Jesus says it in thr Bible. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.” You would think He was telling people to hold their breath for an hour. People want the “God is love” message but not the “only way to be saved” message. It is funny how people are. The easy stuff they are okay with but don’t make them actually have to do something or change or be convicted of going the wrong way or whatever. Then it is suddenly offensive and ridiculous and too inclusive or what not. The thing is that it is what it is. Truly it is that simple. So do it. ❤
I home school my kids why? Because the school system is flawed. How do I know? Partly because God blessed me with an intelligent, thinking mind that sees the importance of perpetuating other thinking, intelligent minds in a world such as ours at a time such as now. What is being perpetuated now is not free thinkers but test takers and fact spitter outers who are given half the story and none of the real life application. To be good at school is not the goal in producing a healthy adult who contributes to society and serves God and fellow mankind with moral principles filled and commitment. No, teaching facts is important but providing options and teaching critical and creative thinking with a moral base is the way to pump out really good future men and women. The system is more flawed now, more rehearsed, more memorization without questioning, more cheating oriented, less moral than when I was in school.And I was in a lot of school. I have a doctorate so was in school a good portion of my life(9 years post-graduate work). I have adored a few really good teachers and suffered under many poor excuses for human beings, but what most of them had in common is this. Only a limited few of them (like my dear friend to this day Mrs. Hendricks) taught critical thinking and reasoning skills and responsibility with a moral base with their lessons. Most also did not want to ever be questioned and penalized me when I asked questions. Also, if I was asked to share beliefs and did so for beliefs different than their own, I was ridiculed and penalized, and I was notnably the smartest one in the class! There is a problem, a disconnect from the reality of skills that lead to success in this world. Leadership training, life skills, banking advice, financial skills, communication skills, public speaking training, service projects, science applications, music, art appreciation, morality and ethics and math applications in real life are some skills which would help the majority of student become good adults. Testing was not in there anywhere. Stressing kids out over popularity contests was not in there. School spirit was not in there. Grades were not in there. Of the many jobs I have had, not one single person asked for my transcripts or my GPA. Not one. Ever. Diploma was it. Proof of the degree is all that is required in the real world, by the skin of your teeth or top of your class matters not, all are paid the same. And that is the truth of the matter. A major revamp of the school system is required for me to send my kids to the public unrealistic brain washing centers they call schools these days with relativism and wishy washy morality throughout. This is a generalization based upon my experience in public and private schools/colleges as well as reading and many discussions with other parents and teachers. And we should all demand such a revamp in my opinion. If people withdraw their kids from the mediocre or horrible institutes of unlearning, their precious tax dollars go away and they would reform to get students back to line their pockets and feed their egos again. Not that all schools are run by evil people,I am certain they mean well, but they themselves are allowing politicians to dictate what teachers teach. Politicians! You know, “Lying Politicians”?? They don’t want anyone to figure them out or threaten their delicate but inflated egos, so they want drones and not free thinkers into the world. We have to start the thinking and if your kids have to stay there or you don’t want to bother, we need to teach them to think and think morally ourselves. It needs to happen. I have seen the next generation at work and I have had to tell them how much change to give me back many times or heard of their quitting when asked to work instead of being on their cells. We have to help them. We have to be their parents and not assume they are being taught anything valuable at school. We are ultimately their school and are responsible for our children’s education. So I retired for the moment from being a doctor to teach my children. I will ensure they have a well rounded and worthwhile excursion and when they are out on their own, I will be a doctor again. Mom is a much higher calling, in my opinion. Everyone has to do what is right in their own eyes. This is right in mine and we love it!!! 🙂
I just saw lots of youtube videos on millenials. One was a rant about how they are basically pampered moochers and then several responders who did innovate and make are difference. And I wanted to respond to arrest those. Here is my insight: people will rise to the level of their morals, regardless of age. People raised with Christian/high moral standards or who have incorporated and internalized high moral standards by upbringing or choice will be responsible, good, upright citizens who dependably care and help and serve and treat everyone with respect. Those with low moral standards will be idiots, selfish, narcisistic, entitled, wavering, disloyal, etc. Again, this is true of all ages. So there is hope for every generation through incorporating the high moral standards of God into our lives. And there are also more than ever opportunities for degradation. It is every person’s personal choice and I love that God provides hope for everyone. 🙂
It has never ceased to amaze me how much emphasis and value people put on other people’s expectations for them. They are usually great, sometimes very low, but all are great in their weight. Growing up in church, people are amazing and beautiful but have very high moral expectations for the rest of the congregation, especially the children. There were expectations on manners, behavior, speach, schooling, responses, actions, everything. That is excellent to some degree as guidance is necessary to grow to be a responsible adult. However, some expectations border on abuse, expecting perfection does not to me seem reasonable. I catch myself reprimanding my children for imperfection and then have to laugh and shift my focus to guiding their moral character and not demanding perfection. I cannot even do perfection, with all my vast experience. LOL And people often expect more of us than they do of themselves. There are exceptions, but these moral obligations are often quite heavy. And because I have this strong independent streak and more energy than most in a room at a given time, I was expected to pretty much do everything. Of course, this kept me out of trouble some and learning and occupied often but the expectation was heavy. And we in our various family groups, be it blood relatives, band family, family of God, or some other group you claim as part of the family, we must never expect or demand more from another than we ourselves are able and willing to give, in accordance to the particular talents and abilities of the people involved. Some people can do more, some less, all can contribute. There are no small jobs in the armed services or in any other part of life. In living up to expectations because of my intelligence and energy that I would be a doctor, and I am, I spent much of my life in school acquiring student loans and learning the joy of no life at all while working and schooling until I got married and had children and then had that life. And I would have loved to be an artist and musician or a great mechanic or farmer like my dad. I would have made less but lived more maybe. I am not saying I regret this. I do not at all. I appreciate every opportunity I have had to grow and learn and help. That is what life is about for me. But expecting that which is impractical is foolish for anyone. Demanding someone be perfect when you are full of imperfections is hypocritical and idiotic and unforgiving. My moral for the moment is: expect only what you yourself are willing to do and let God be their moral compass. They are responsible to Him not you.
When men and women are free, their imaginations are stronger than steel. When they are repressed, distracted, limited, controlled, their freedom and hope suffers and that cycles to a slow death of the imagination. Marketing appears to think outside of the box, but its evil is that they push you to think their way so is as much of a prison as the rest of the list above. So what do we do about that? We limit our ability to be repressed and distracted and controlled and manipulated by limiting their access to our minds and protecting our country from tyranny of any kind. We demand the politicians we are paying exorbitant salaries to do what is best for us and not themselves or other politicians. We limit our use of technology for our purposes and not their manipulations. We support our amazing military and veterans. We stop killing our unborn babies. We get back firmly to the moral code of conduct that has been ripped from us subtly over years and reinstall it in our schools and public buildings. We all get back to regular Bible study, prayer and fasting and do what is right. We support our greatest allies, Israel. This is, I believe, the only way we will successfully reverse any of this garbage we are dealing with in America now. We can be stronger than steal again. We can restore this country to its former glory. It is still the best place in the world, but we must improve and protect her. Many wish us harm. Harm will come if we do not do the above things and thus do not have the Lord on our side. We need God on our side to heal our country. We must pray to this end.
There is a wide range of church atmospheres and personalities within specific groupings of church families. Their styles are as diverse as people in the world are because a church is the people. There are different focuses, though most Christian churches seem to have almost identical mission statements. How they go about getting there differs. I want to focus for a moment on black and white churches versus gray churches. By black and white I mean that there is a distinct right and wrong and that is the way it should be. And the gray churches accept variations of middle ground and relative right and wrong, etc. Most churches wanting to draw in a huge population with a huge budget, fame, and fortune adopt a more gray mentality and approach. They reason that getting people in the door is the goal, being “seeker friendly” and figure we will offer steps to correct grayness once they are in and attached. They have dramatic presentation, pretty lights, a show and the gospel preached. The black and white churches tend to focus on specific morality rather than drawing huge crowds. They have things more simple and traditional and the gospel is preached. Now, I am only pointing out differences in church priorities and foci here and not judging them. Each has pros and con’s and they should be explored. Gray churches pros: happy, friendly, warm, inviting, entertaining, great worship, freedom of expression often, more people means better children’s programs, more staff, etc. Gray churches cons: teaching isn’t as in depth, light on moral absolutes, even lighter on judgment, relativism may be integrated, many workers to keep track of in training, different faces often so can get lost in the crowd. Black and white churches pros: smaller size so more recognizability, teaching is more in depth, moral absolutes taught, more reverent setting for worship, more focus on substance versus show. Black and white churches cons: tend to be judgmental, less freedom of worship expression, less flexibility with staff, fewer children’s programs and special events. These are a result of myriads of churches I have been a part of or visited over my lifetime and of course is not exact for every church, however, this seems to be the crust of it. Both have good and not so good qualities, as you can see. Why do I even bring all this up? I mention it because God put it on my heart to do so and that is enough. However,He also gave me a passion for His church and my personal conviction is that the church should reflect its Founder, our Savior, in every way that we can, which means substance and truth always won in His teachings but that they were always delivered lovingly with all fruits of the Spirit intact. I firmly believe whatever church you choose to support and attend should look like Christ and always brag on Him and share truth from Him to the world and each other. Where you attend matters and even if it is in your home with a few good friends you can trust, you have everything you need to share God’s Word, pray and worship together and then serve the community with Christ’s mission mind. That is the model we should follow. When staff is paid too much or brags on their church or themselves or each other ever, there is a heart problem that needs to be addressed. When right and wrong is sacrificed for political correctness, there is a heart problem. When there is judgment and unforgiveness or unacceptance, there is a heart problem. These problems need to be avidly addressed because we need more than ever to purify God’s church because Jesus Christ returns soon to collect us. We need to encourage each other as we lift up our Savior.