Back again. . .on a tear

It’s been a good long while, apparently over a year, since I took advantage of this venue.  The reasons are various, none of which are worthy of rehearsing.  Truth is, life has been happening at hyper speed so I can’t complain.  As long as life is still moving along, it’s all good.  

I’ve been toying with getting back at blogging for a while and I read a story today online that just seemed to be the one to spur me on.  The original story was written yesterday by Todd Starnes who is host of Fox News & Commentary (Fox News Network).  Since the material is copyrighted, I cannot just copy and paste.  Instead, I’ll rehearse and quote.

It seems that a six year old girl in Temecula, California was delivering a one-minute talk at the behest of her teacher who had given an assignment to the entire class to bring something to school that represented their family’s Christmas tradition and talk about it.  This little girl chose the star on top of their tree that, to her, was a representation of the Star of Bethlehem.

Midway of her presentation, at the 30 second juncture, I suppose, the teacher stopped her dead in her tracks.  It is reported that she told the class that “. . .the three kings followed the star to find Jesus, the Savior of the world.”  She didn’t get the chance to finish by quoting John 3:16.  She was told by the teacher in front of all the other students that she was not allowed to talk about the Bible.

Of course, she was heartbroken and her mother reported that she thought she was in trouble for doing something wrong.  On behalf of the family, the general counsel for Advocates for Faith and Freedom, wrote to the  Temecula Valley Unified School district.  Robert Tyler, the attorney said, “The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation’s public schools has become epidemic.”

This same story by Starnes reported that a similar situation occurred in October 2013 when a 7th grade student was ridiculed for reading the Bible as part of a class assignment.  It seems the student was told to only read non-fiction and was told the bible is fiction.

Here’s my response. . .not in America.  Yes, in America.  Those bent of the total secularization of our country will do anything to prevent truth from being spread.  Friends, it’s not just the bible and schools.  The stuff we call news today is, in many cases, propaganda for the complete liberalization go everything “american.”  You don’t have to look far to see it happening in every part of life.

The really sad part is that all this brainwashing/programming in the name of education is beginning younger and younger.  Pre-K kids are getting it rammed down their little throats, as well.  By the time our kids get to high school, they don’t stand much of a chance unless we do one thing.  You heard me right. . .one thing.

We, parents, Christian parents, must teach the word of God to our children.  Oh, you should take them to church regularly, you should pray with them, you should model clear Christian values before their eyes, yes.  But the very best thing you can do for them is teach them the Bible, insist that they memorize portions of it, and be prepared to defend it as they grow older.  Why?

Listen to what Jesus told his contemporaries, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 [English Standard Version]

Government can’t assure you your freedom, psychology can’t free your mind from addictions, and no amount of money or possessions can free you from the pressures and challenges of this world.  Only God can do that. . .it’s not fiction and it’s not illegal!

Published by tsideqah

Retired pastor, husband for 48 years, granddad to 4 amazing kids

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