MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Indoctrination or Teaching?

February 28th, 2007 Viewed 1823 times

Studying LateWhen I told a coworker some time ago that I was planning on homeschooling my children, her first response was to wonder if I’d let my children experience any other viewpoint than my own. I told her that they’d be able to learn about other things, but from my viewpoint.

However, this whole concept seems to be a recurring theme and is more foundational than I once thought. It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago that I caught a special on one of the news magazines (it may have been 20/20) where they were doing some kind of in depth look at some kind of Christian cult. It was started by some Baptist Preacher and had some kind of innocuous name, but according to 20/20 the kids were indoctrinated to believe that free and casual sex was something that was encouraged by Christ. I won’t go into all the perversion, but I think I gained a glimpse of the reasoning the coworker had, why she had it, and I started to puzzle and reason through it.

Old Time Values are No Longer Considered Right

The current adult generation seems to have lived with the motto “Question Authority or Everything.” Without going into the question of did they question the motto, we’re now reaping a society that wonders about the morals and things that they were taught and wonders aloud about whether it’s something that their children should be trained.

I’m certain that society for all of time has looked upon people that weren’t brought up with the identical values as odd. Therefore, if Christian parents continue to adhere to teaching a Christian worldview to their children, they will come under more scrutiny. It’s possible that it could be a feeling of inadequacy by the parents doing the critiquing or it could be fear of another cult, but in either case, we’re living in a society with changing values and we must decide where we will stand.

A Double Standard

One of the problems with the new cultural norms is that they claim to want to promote your ability to choose your own path– but your path must be one of the accepted ones. So, it’s not ok to seek to follow after the Bible as far as roles for men and women, because that means that you’re enslaving them.

So, we have people saying that it should be ok for you to choose your own school– but it has to produce the same kind of lemmings that the rest of the world produces, even though the claim that they should question everything. In reality, what they want you to question is anything that would restrict you or cause you to think something’s wrong. They’re really pushing a humanist worldview, but they don’t want you to know it.

The Truth: Everyone has a Worldview

The truth is that everyone has a worldview. Some big components are the same for numbers of people. Some of the smaller may be unique (hard to imagine). In any case, we use our worldviews to make sense out of what’s around us. We look at the world and see either “wow, God created an amazing world” or “wow, I can’t believe this all came about by chance!” (funny statement, that last one). We see how people act, what people say, and interpret it through our worldview.

What the world is really saying when they claim that you’re indoctrinating your children (or use the word brainwashing them) is that they don’t want your worldview on your kids, they want theirs. They don’t want you having kids that look at the world God created and seek to please Him, they want someone who will look to themselves and the government for help.

Now, I’m not saying that cults are right– what I am saying is that it’s unexplainable to me why society seems to be afraid of children that seek to love their neighbor as themselves, want to share the greatest news ever told, and that have an appropriate respect for authority and are good citizens. Why we should choose to indoctrinate our children in a culture that seeks to be subversive, to get as much as they can from the government, and thinks that this is all there is so there’s no inner sense of accountability to something higher than themselves is ludicrous…

…except: These people are the same ones that are missing that which makes us a different. A personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Perhaps they push this indoctrination for our kids because they don’t know the fullness and richness of a life in Christ. For that, we need to work all the harder to get the message out.

What is Your Body Worth?

February 27th, 2007 Viewed 2615 times, 2 so far today

Boy&GirlOur society wants women to believe that they can determine their worth through how they look. If you don’t believe this, look at the models, the entertainment, and the amount of dieting products that are available at your local grocery store.

But, even if it wasn’t for all these things, a girl would gather this from how the boys in her life respond to her. They would react to the attention they get or that alludes them. And they do. We see it all the time with the abundance of attention means on websites across the Internet.

The sad part is that they do not realize the power they possess, nor the value of the gift from their Creator.

You see, just like the nice girl that can’t get the guy, girls in general don’t have an appropriate perspective on how much they are worth and what they should do in relationship to guys. Amanda over at Imago Dei transcribes an excerpt from a book she’s reading that explains that a girl (or boy) is worth so much that the Creator of the universe died for them.

You see, especially those of us who have accept Christ as Savior, we are not animals. We are children of God– and just as it would be foolish for an Earthly prince or princess to go dressing like a tramp or trading sex looking for a relationship, so we too pay a disservice to God when we act like the world. We are not of this world– we’re part of a kingdom in Heavenly places.

When it comes to how we dress, talk, and conduct ourselves, we need to keep in mind that God has called us. We are in this world, but not of it. Our worth is not derived from how many people ask us out, how much money or attention someone will pay.

And to prove all of this– who (in general) is the person that most want to see is the person that they haven’t seen. That’s why the Air Force Sargent was a draw for Playboy. That’s why so many old stars think they have to go and bear it all in order to get back in it. It’s because the fact that they have something precious– their body– that hasn’t been seen, gawked at, or worse– is something of great value.

So, next time you think you have to trade seeing or doing something with your body for a relationship, remember:

  • You are worth enough to die for
  • Your body is the most valuable thing and it’s uniquely you
  • You need to protect that valuable asset– and you’ll see how your spouse treasures that s/he is the only one that has the privilege of having that great treasure.

My War On Debt

February 26th, 2007 Viewed 6060 times

Debt and DemandDebt is a nasty thing. I think the worst thing about it is not how it enslaves you– that’s just the principle of sowing and reaping. No, the worst part about debt is how easily and quickly it accumulates and yet so many are oblivious to it and sign up for another credit card.

My personal war on debt started last year. I was getting tired of my big payments, and I picked up Dave Ramsey’s book on the Total Money Makeover and I was hooked. So, I transfered my debt ($10,000) one last time– over to a 0% card– and committed our family to paying it off before the interest rate went back up.

To chronicle our progress, I’m going to put a widget in my side bar indicating just how much debt we have yet to go. Right now, we’re around the $5,000 mark (looking at $4,000). Why not smaller? My company changed health benefits which means I’ve had to have more out of pocket than before when paying for my baby’s arrival– but I didn’t know how much.

So, I’m going to attempt to share with you some fallacies and things I’ve learned about debt, and let you keep updated about just how close we are– and if we make our goal– of getting out by July.

The Bachelorette is Having a Baby

February 25th, 2007 Viewed 2492 times

Trista and Ryan SutterOf all of the reality shows that claimed to be seeking to help a boy or a girl find “true love” or someone to marry, only The Bachelorette was successful. It’s probably the only one that I actually saw any of anyway. To me, all of those dating shows (including the Joe Millionaire) were all a plot to get young, good looking guys and girls into and out of bathing suits, with varying degrees of intoxication and see what they would do and say.

Each series ended with some kind of rose ceremony. Each of them had someone that was rejected. And each of them said that they were dating or serious when they left (even though they gave a ring to the winner) and we heard that they broke up a few months later– except Trista and Ryan.

The Unintended Victims of Government Intrusion

February 24th, 2007 Viewed 1402 times

One of the things that the new Congress just had to get done in its first 100 hours (which weren’t literal, but non-procedural hours) was to pass an increase to the minimum wage. This had to be done, they reasoned, because of the people that work at minimum wage that have to support a family.

However, I find that it actually has more effect on teens and in job losses than what they believe it does.

Teens as Targets

February 23rd, 2007 Viewed 1279 times, 1 so far today

One of the things that I read a while back stated that a majority of girls that are pushed into sexual slavery are teen runaways. This was the case in a recent capture of a man (Michael Harris, 25) who was pimping out girls ages 12 and 15— both runaways.

Why are these teens good targets? Because they’re running away, they need a place to stay– and quickly they are ensnared and brainwashed to do the unthinkable. They need the money– but most of all, the man has convinced them that they need him.

Now, apart from the part of me that doesn’t understand where the runaway’s parents are (perhaps they are orphans or in foster homes?), my next question is do we really realize the danger that is out there waiting to prey on our teens. This isn’t a third world country we’re talking about, this is Arizona!

Standing in the Gap Carnival

February 22nd, 2007 Viewed 1382 times

So I’ve started a new carnival over at Blog Carnivals and I’m looking for you to submit posts that talk about someone standing in the gap– or you standing in the gap. Specifically, posts in which you (or the author) take a stand against the culture and for God.

So, get submitting your articles, and we’ll do this every other week starting in March!

This is edition one– articles are due by March 9th. I will post by March 17th!

Unclear on the Consequences

February 22nd, 2007 Viewed 1993 times

Michelle Manhart decided that it was within her rights to pose for a six page spread for Playboy as an Air Force Drill Sergeant and could continue her job. Some have defended her under the banner of feminism or male chauvinism ( “I want to see her naked” ).

Not only, though, is what she did wrong on a moral level, it’s also wrong on an Air Force level, and they took action:

An Air Force drill sergeant and former Iowa National Guard member who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been removed from active duty, she said Wednesday. Whether that amounts to an honorable discharge, as Michelle Manhart also says, is unclear.

Blog This for Firefox

February 21st, 2007 Viewed 1742 times

Blogging with Firefox and Windows Live Writer just got better. Microsoft (on its Windows Live Gallery site) has released a Add on for Firefox called “Blog This” which adds a really nifty little icon to your Firefox menu bar. This new icon lets you choose to start a new blog post, or open a blog post in Windows Live Writer, but it’s the third option that I like.

Godly Wife: How Do You Make Your Husband Feel?

February 20th, 2007 Viewed 6420 times
This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series Godly Wife

It’s really interesting being a new dad– more so being a new mom, I can tell– but as any “new” parent knows (whether it’s your first or your fifth) that new “bundle of joy” brings a lot of attention. No, not the “changing diapers, up all night, and you have to feed me now” kind– that’s not what I was talking about. I mean, now people that may never have said “boo” to you before want to come up and comment on the baby and talk to you about everything to from if she smiles to who she looks most like.

This makes the parents feel proud– God did the work, we can take the credit. The question, Godly Wife, is how do you make your husband feel?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.