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Nanny state?

No it’s worse. A nanny is hired to help parents take care of their family. Parents still retain all their rights and responsibilities as the head of household and family. As socialism invades our nation, let’s be accurate in our euphemisms. We are not heading for a nanny state. We are heading for a parent state. A state where government is taking on the rights and responsibility as parents over us and our family. Don’t think it’s happening?

  • An appeals court says Arizona’s rules for license plates means that state must grant the Arizona Life Coalition’s request for “choose life” plates. Would you like to see Washington plates with political messages?
  • Should states be able to provide universal health coverage for their residents by requiring employers to offer health coverage or to pay into a fund?
  • Should passing grades be a requirement for teen to get and keep a driver’s license? Parents often link driving to school performance; should the state do the same?

As you walk by these 3 topics from Dean Kahn’s online articles, take the time to stop and smell the roses.

In communist China, family size is strictly controlled by government and here expressing your choice not to endorse killing children has become a political message?

Instead of mandating that each of us carry health insurance like is the situation with auto insurance, the state now wants to require employers to carry your burden.

And the rose that stopped me in my tracks; In an effort to help kids in school, should the state adopt a parenting tool! Why not! It sounds about right for a Parent State, or more accurate a socialist state.

So, who is yo’ mama?

Yo’ mama or yo’ government?

Do they know?

You know, but do they know?They… the students who recently walked out of school to protest the war in Iraq. Do they really know what they are protesting against? Are they old enough to comprehend the impact on the world if we were to leave Iraq now, if we were to leave tomorrow or even if we were to have never entered Iraq? Some say many of the students just wanted to skip while at least one of the students said

[She] … joined because she wanted to draw Ferndale residents’ attention to the war.“Also it shows that youth know something and are willing to support their beliefs,” she said.blogs.bellinghamherald.com

While I feel many high schoolers are truly capable of comprehending the Iraq situation, I also feel that many more just think they can comprehend the situation and protest away.But if some can comprehend and some can’t comprehend, then where do you draw the line on who we listen to and who we don’t? Should we draw a line?? (more…)

Halloween tidbit, not to forget

The Church DoorThis evening is Halloween and I’ll be out gathering those tasty little tidbits with my kids and thousands upon thousands of other kids. This is one holiday that isn’t about kids nor the family, it’s about candy. Right? Just kidding.

We all know that way back when, this was a pagan holiday. Back before it was hijacked by the Church in Rome who planted a Day for All Saints right in the middle of what the pagan’s must have thought was a perfectly good time. All Hallowed Eve, the eve before the Day for All Saints morphed into Hallowed Eve then Halloween and then into you know the rest of the story.

But as you are dressing your little demons and sending them out to haunt the neighbors, don’t forget this little Halloween tidbit. Almost 500 years ago on Halloween a man named Martin Luther rocked the Christian faith of the day, by nailing his 95 theses on the door of a Roman Catholic Church accusing the church of heresy.

His act on that All Hallow Eve, was one of the major catalysts in the Christian reformation. If you happen to be Lutheran then you might also know today as Reformation Day. His act started a wedge between government and church in the Roman Theocracy.

Christianity was never meant to be administered by governments and Martin Luther’s Halloween “post” helped bring Christianity back to everyone, where Christ intended.

Happy Halloween! Thank God for Martin Luther. Go eat some candy.

Time to reload

If you are a Christian as I am, then here is your warning that it is time to reload and stock up on ammunition. The devil’s still hangin’ in Hollywood.

The Golden Compass is a fantasy movie with Nicole Kidman that is due out in early December and I’ve just seen the press release for a sequel to The DaVinci Code called Angels and Demons.

Trailers for The Golden Compass have been on the front of a few DVD’s we’ve rented. It looked like a fun family type of movie with the same look as Narnia. Now I’ve found that the feel and look was intentional, as the writer of the book made into the movie has targeted C. S. Lewis’ Christian message with his own Atheism message.

Pullman wrote his fantasy trilogy because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis in his wonderful series of Christian tales entitled “The Chronicles Of Narnia.” Pullman is an avowed atheist who has dedicated his life to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers. The film’s release is only another example of a culture spiraling away from faith, a culture into which we must step in and declare truth.

Worldnet Daily

The Catholic League has looked into this movie and also the authors work.

A film called “The Golden Compass” opens December 7. It is based on the first book of a trilogy titled His Dark Materials. The author of this children’s fantasy is Philip Pullman, a noted English atheist. It is his objective to bash Christianity and promote atheism. To kids. “The Golden Compass” is a film version of the book by that name, and it is being toned down so that Catholics, as well as Protestants, are not enraged.

The second book of the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, is more overt in its hatred of Christianity than the first book, and the third entry, The Amber Spyglass, is even more blatant. Because “The Golden Compass” is based on the least offensive of the three books, and because it is being further watered down for the big screen, some might wonder why parents should be wary of the film.

And following their investigation of the authors work, they have issued a pretty strong recommendation about taking your family to this movie. (more…)

Too many creeps in the world

Too many creeps in the world

in: Bible Reference, Christianity, Parenting

My father thought there were enough creeps in the world, so he aimed at not adding more to the tally as his 8 children left home to meet the world. The dictionary calls creep a slang term and describes a creep as An annoyingly unpleasant or repulsive person. I don’t recall my father ever spelling out a definition of a creep for us, but we certainly all understood exactly what he meant.

  • Creeps lie.
  • Creeps take what isn’t theirs.
  • Creeps speak disrespectfully.
  • Creeps take the easy way out.
  • Creeps mooch rather than work.
  • Creeps laugh at others misfortune.
  • Creeps walk away when others need help.
  • Creeps are an embarrassment to their family.

That’s a short list, but I think you can get the idea. My father had a standard that he used to raise his family. Until we hopefully meet in our next life, I won’t ever know for certain where he came up with his standard. He did believe strongly in God and we did go to church, but we were never beaten over the head with the Bible to correct our behavior. My father simply wasn’t a creep and he just lived an example life for us.

Today, as I read the Bible looking for help as a parent, I keep running into examples of just how right on my father was in his example life and his teachings. Could I accept a lesson in truth from a liar? Would I grow up respectful of others, if my dad had been disrespectful to others?

You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

(1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 NIV)

Perhaps as a parent, I am on a parallel path with my father, just offset by 40 years? I owe a great debt to both God and my father. I will continue to reflect on both of their examples, as I try and not add my sons to the list of creeps in the world.

Tucked in the middle

Tucked right in the middle of Christ’s teachings within the book of Matthew is a very short and powerful verse that caught my attention this morning. This verse comes after the well know beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11) and much before He calls for our great commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to teach the world his ways.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:19)

The words ‘shall break …. shall teach men so” and “shall do and teach” that really caught my attention. It’s not just about what we do ourselves, God is also paying attention to what we teach others. Scary to think that to some extent I will be judged for every moment of my life, since we are all constantly teaching others through example. This is especially so with our kids. It’s easy to remember to point out to my kids when I have kept a commandment, but how often have I unknowingly failed to keep commandments, even little ones, in front of my children? What was I teaching them then?

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