My Biblically based opinion on all things. Political, Social, Cultural, Spiritual, etc... "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." The Romans 15:4 Project Mick Dobra
It is very scary trend, and very scary when the use of dangerous mental health drugs in foster care children sky rockets, and then the government starts calling for Mandatory Mental Health Screening of ALL children. Very scary indeed. Below is the weekly update from Congressman, Presidential Candidate, and Dr. Ron Paul. Listen as he relates how a SWAT team was called out to take a child from her family!
Oath Keepers » Oldie But Goodie: Ron Paul On Parental Rights
"Parents must do everything possible to retain responsibility and control over their children’s well-being. There is no end to the bureaucratic appetite to rule every aspect of our lives, including how we raise our children. Forced mental health screening is just the latest of many state usurpations of parental authority: compulsory education laws, politically-correct school curricula, mandatory vaccines, and interference with discipline through phony “social services” agencies all represent assaults on families. The political right has now joined the political left in seeking the de facto nationalization of children, and only informed resistance by parents can stop it. The federal government is slowly but surely destroying real families, but it is hardly a benevolent surrogate parent."
Dr. Ron Paul, 2004
Many recent headlines the last few years have concerned the attempts at government to control speech. Special interest groups and classes of people that want a special status in society are pressuring the government to control, deny, and even punish speech that they find hateful or offensive. But what about free speech?
In his book When a Nation Forgets God, Dr. Erwin Lutzer describes George Orwell's concept of Newspeak, "In Oceania, George Orwell’s chilling totalitarian state in the novel 1984, we have a compelling description of how the so-called Ministry of Truth used a subtle, sinister language, 'Newspeak,' to brainwash the people. The slogan of Oceania, was 'War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength.' The New Thought Police were able to control the ideas that determined the political and moral views of the culture."
He goes on to describe how Hilter and the National Socialists (Nazis) used Newspeak and Thought Police (in much greater detail than quoted here), "When Hitler starved children, he called it putting them on a 'low-calorie diet.' And the extermination of Jews was called 'cleansing the land.' Euthanasia was referred to as 'the best of modern therapy.' Children were put to death in 'Children’s Specialty Centers.' Hitler’s cronies seldom said they were going to kill people; even when plans were made to exterminate millions, the leaders spoke only in abstract slogans such as 'the final solution.'"
He then notes the parallels to Politically Correct Newspeak in America today (in much greater detail than quoted here), "No one speaks of killing pre-born infants. Rather, pregnant women are only removing 'a product of conception' or a woman is simply 'terminating a pregnancy.' Politicians speak of being in favor of 'a woman’s right to choose …' but they seldom complete the sentence. Somehow to say they are in favor of a woman’s right to choose to kill her preborn infant, is too honest, too clear—we might add, and too chilling."
Free speech and open debate are essential to a healthy society. The alternative is very ugly.
It is important that we are equipped for ministry. We all have a ministry, and we are all responsible to be equipped.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
(Ephesians 4:11-14 ESV)
Erwin Lutzer in his book When a Nation Forgets God says, "Today in America we need an army of ordinary heroes to stand against the gathering darkness in our land. We need people who will stand for truth courageously, consistently, and with humility and grace. We need to enlist people who know what they believe, why they believe it, and how to live out their convictions in diverse situations. We need those who are willing to pay the price of discipleship and obedience and to do so with joy. A tall order, but possible."
I just wanted to encourage church members, saints, to get equipped. Take responsibility and get the teaching and shepherding you need. If you can't get it in your local church, pray about finding one that can teach and equip you. Find ministries and resources. Get equipped! There is a gathering darkness, be prepared to humbly but boldly proclaim the truth. Contact me if you need help finding resources or if you just need guidance on getting started.
If we take care to be equipped we may stop the next dark period in history. "If every pastor would have been a Bonhoeffer or a Niemoller, Hitler could not have accomplished his agenda. The pastors and their congregations would have simply said, 'No' to the Nazi [National Socialist] doctrine of the superiority of the Aryan race and its frightful implications."
"'WHEN GOD CALLS a man, he bids him come and die,' wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer during the dark days when the church in Germany was being Nazified. And at the age of thirty-nine, he practiced what he preached; he was hanged on the gallows and died."
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
(1 John 3:16 ESV)
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."
This is an outline and some notes I used recently for a family devotional on Love. I hope it can help you and your family. Blessings. (My children are 6, 3 1/2, and 4 months)
Jesus commands us to love one another:
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
So what is love? How do we love? Here is Saint Paul's definition:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Here are three big ways of loving....
Love is Patient.
Able to wait on one another without becoming angry.
Love is Kind.
Being friendly, generous, and considerate to one another. Generous means we are willing to give to one another. Considerate means we are careful not to hurt one another, and think of the other first.
Love always Protects.
We keep one another safe from harm and hurt.
And here is how Jesus showed His love for us...
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Reflecting on the Christmas story made me wonder, when is it time to flee?
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt...
(Matthew 2:13-14 ESV)
The profound erosion of God given and Constitutionally protected liberties lately begs the question, when is it time to flee?
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
(Matthew 2:16-18 ESV)
Lord, is it for me to stay and be bold in the Gospel, or to "flee" and raise up the remnant?