Alexander Hamilton coined, if you do not stand for something, you'll fall for anything. In my lifetime, I have watched the waves of philosophies sweep through our nation as they're given attention by famous stars and news media. People like the all inclusive beliefs that have the the easiest rules to follow. The Barna Group recently stated that 3 of 5 youths abandon their Christian upbringing by the age of 15. By the time they arrive at college, or the work force, if they have their traditional beliefs in tact, one of the many non-theist college groups, or fellow employees, may very well throw enough doubts in their minds to close the door on faith completely. Though this isn't always the case, more often than not, if kids do not know how to defend their worldviews, both religious and non-religious, "higher education" will offer them secular worldviews that you do not want them to have.
I received an email from Chuck Colson this week. Chuck has his finger on the pulse of major issues that face our nation, and has a daily broadcast called "Breakpoint," among many other ministries. This email began with a question whether or not morality and the sagging economy were related. Chuck pointed out that divorce, incarceration, low or no education, and government spending are related. Think about this. A man with a family goes to jail for drug use. It cost the government thousands monthly to house and feed him. This man's family has to get government help to house and feed them. Since 1975, the prison population has grown ten fold! The government spends billions, that's correct, billions to keep prisoners and their families fed and housed annually.
The issue of abortion divides our nation, and today their are bills proposed to allow underaged girls to abort babies without their parents knowledge. The government also pays for the abortion, and 1 million babies are aborted each year. Another problem is that the working class in America, has little regard to higher education, while the upper class of America still regards the importance of extended education. Who gets the better paying jobs and doesn't consider government help to survive? The more highly educated, of course. The working class has developed an entitlement mentality that if I don't make a living for my family, I'll get government help. The results from this entitlement mentality is running government spending through the roof. Morality and the economy are related.
The importance of family can no longer be ignored. The importance of parents instructing children in life must be reinforced with regularity. It is vital, as individuals, that we really take a long hard look at our personal worldviews. Where we compromise a little here, a little there, in regard to immoral thought, allows the flood of inconsistency and objective truth, it may be true for you, but not for me. Truth is truth. If it is wrong to steal from others, it's wrong period. By looking at our beliefs individually, we know right and wrong, truth and lies, without government help. If we keep allowing the government to legislate laws to "help" by telling us everyone must pay their "fair share," the entitlement thinking will swell to bursting. Laws are dumbing us down, freedoms are vanished, national spending will continue to grow exponentially.
Teach your children. Turn off the TV, put a time limit on video games for the children. Eat dinner together when possible and talk about life and living. Look at your children, think about what troubles you have faced in life, and how you can help them avoid that same trap. Do you teach your young about money? Do you tell them how important it is to be committed to what they set out to accomplish? Do you laugh at their bad behavior? Do you tell them how their lives can be destroyed by drugs and alcohol? Or do you tell them it's not good to drink as you set in the lazy-boy guzzling a beer watching the game on TV? Moms, do you tell your little girl how to be wary of young men's complements, where their nice words are leading? Do you think it is important to take you children to church? Do you plan things and events together as a family, with everyone's imput being important?
We can ignore these questions, accept status quo, and continue to plummit as a people. Or we can turn the tide but turning our thoughts toward God and asking him to help us do the work of effective parenting. Kids will believe whatever, or whomever does the teaching. If we teach them well, to challenge the questionable, their lives will stand out. They need to know how important it is to marry the mother/father of their children, to take pride in their work, and take what work is available. They need to know the importance of integrity and honesty, attending church, and defend the reasons these things are important. It is a proven fact that the children who are fortunate enough to receive this instruction, escape poverty and lead happier lives. So when you look at your children, do you see a potentially great actor, athelete, or entertainer, or a person with a potential to achieve in every endeavor? Take the last statement. Don't allow your children to fall for anything.
Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but wise, making the most of
every opportunity, because the days are evil. Eph.5:15-16 (NIV)
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith