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Monday, November 21, 2005

Court Rulings Parental Threaten Rights?

...there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children, either independent of their right to direct the upbringing and education of their children or encompassed by it.

That's not only a real ruling, that’s scary. And I want to take a look at what the ruling was, and whether or not we should be surprised by it, and whether or not it's right.

CAUTION: While the following post will not necessarily explicit, it does contain material that isn't intended for children.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday against parents who sued their local school district after their elementary-age children were given a sexually charged survey, saying there is "no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children.">

CAUTION: the following article contains some questions, that kids shouldn’t have to answer, but unfortunately were asked.


You can read the rest of the article here.
Go read that and then come back...

Now, I'm not going to go into detail, and explain each of the questions, but I honestly don't see what people are surprised about. If you are going to send your kids to public school, you are giving the school the authority to teach your kids, and that is what they do. They don't allow you to stipulate on what they can or can't teach; if you want to do that, then homeschool! So to me, this is just a simple side affect of sending your kids to public school. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that if you go to public school you are any less holy than I am. I have friends who go to public school, and we are still friends even though they go to public school. But if you are going to put yourselves in the world, you can’t be surprised when the world shows up.

I think the whole thing is sick and wrong. And I don’t think that the court rulings are going to help any of the parents that are homeschooling. In fact, I think it’s actually somewhat of a threat, because it shows how far our country has gone. Not in what the schools are teaching, though that’s bad, that’s not the main threat. The main threat is the court ruling. It reflects how far the court will go. And I don’t think, if given the chance, that they’ll stop there. I think they’ll go as far as they can get away with. We as Christians, need to prepare the coming years, so we can Advance God’s Kingdom. We can do that by understanding the Myths of Adolescence, Doing Hard Things, and Doing New Things.



Do what you can to prepare, we have a lot of work to do.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

How Great is our God?

I had the wonderful opportunity to go visit one of my favorite Christian music artists this past Saturday. It was a wonderful concert. But it wasn’t really a concert, and I am extremely thankful for that. I’ll explain here in a minute. But first, it might be helpful if I told you who I’m talking about. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Chris Tomlin. Wonderful song writer who has written many songs including “We Fall Down”, “Enough”, “How Great Is Our God”, among many more. But what impressed me was not Chris’ music, although that was impressive, it was Chris.
For example, he came out and before he started singing, he introduced those on tour with him: Matt Redman, and Louie Giglio. Everyone knows who Matt Redman is, and even if you don’t you’ve probably sung some of his songs in your church. Many songs you may sing in church were probably written by him. He wrote “Better is One Day”, “The Heart of Worship”, “Let Everything That has Breath” to name a few. And Louie Giglio is an incredible speaker. But what impressed me was not who was with Chris, it was what he said, “I introduce these guys to you not to push a name, to promote myself, or make me look good, but so that the Lord will be glorified…"
The entire time was spent worshipping the Lord. And in the middle, they had Mr. Giglio come out and he spoke on how big God is. By simply quoting facts, on the size of the universe, he proved (at least in my opinion) the existence of God. It was amazing.


He said, “Aren’t all those pictures incredible? And they’re far out. I mean some of these pictures are hard to describe they’re so cool. But this last picture I want to show you is beyond words. There are not words to describe it. Here it is.” It was a picture of Jesus on the Cross. (I believe it was from the Passion) There was silence in the building for 2 mins. Literally. We were all amazed. It made us feel so small, but yet so big. Funny how God can do that; make us feel so small, but the fact that He dies for us made us feel so big.

Then he showed us these last two pictures.


He said, “This is the M51 whirlpool galaxy. This is probably the best known galaxy out there because it sits at such a perfect angle to us. They zoomed in on this galaxy, which is one of the most well known galaxies around, they zoomed to the very center of that galaxy which is HUGE compared to ours, and this is what they saw.”


“They call it, ‘the ‘X’ factor’. Call it what you will, I know what it looks like to me.”

It was amazing.

And "X" factor, my foot. It's the "J" factor.

But that wasn’t even the best part. The best part was the last part. At the end, Chris came back on, and after having a little fun, the rest of the band left the stage. Chris was still out there and sang his “How Great Is Our God/How Great Thou Art/How Great Is Our God” medley. The last chorus through How Great Is Our God, the second one, it was acapela and Chris stopped singing. Everyone had their eyes closed and hands raised and were praising God. When we were finished with the chorus, we looked up, and everyone of the band members, including Chris, was gone and the lights were out.


That impressed me. To have that much humility. They didn’t stand out there and bow 372 times while everyone clapped and cheered and sang the band’s praises. They left the spotlight while everyone was singing God’s praises. It was such a wonderful example and for that Chris has moved up many notches in my book.


So thank you Chris, for being an example, and for praising our Lord.


Soli Deo Gloria!