Week: September 23rd-27th
This week, Eric reviews the The Giver by Lois Lowry, discusses the need for a Biblical worldview, and the continued attempt to stifle free speech.
9/23/19: Biblical Worldview about History
What will Jesus think while he is sitting in your child’s History class?
You can prepare your children to have a biblical worldview as they sit in their History class by discussing what Jesus is thinking while sitting with them. Of course, He thinks biblically. I can imagine Jesus thinking of Actis 17:26 and 27- “From one man he made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out to him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
History is just that- HIS story. Every aspect of history should be seen as God working in the world.
9/24/19: Faith is More than an Opinion
Too often in today’s cultural debates people confuse someone’s faith with their opinion. So, when it comes to a moral position based on religious faith the attitude is, “Well, just change your opinion.” But it doesn’t work that way.
An opinion is a viewpoint based on beliefs. I can’t change my opinion if it is based on my belief about what God says is right and wrong. It’s not my opinion, it’s God’s. My beliefs and actions have eternal consequences. They are not whims. Worshiping God is not a hobby. Going to church is not a social club.
We are told by the pop culture that we need to get on the so-called “right side of history.” Well, as a Christian I’m most concerned about being on the right side of eternity.
When it comes to your children’s faith as they attend public schools, you must guide them to stand strong.
9/25/19: The Giver
Is your child being assigned to read a book called The Giver? If so, you might want to talk to the teacher.
Many elementary and junior high teachers assign The Giver for their students to read. Many parents are concerned about the book because of its descriptions of euthanasia and sexual awakening in the main character.
I like the book's conservative message against the dehumanizing dangers of government. But it isn’t well served when students are not emotionally or intellectually ready to appreciate the issues it raises.
If teachers aren’t willing to draw parallels between the society described in The Giver and disturbing trends in American society today, then the book is reduced from being thought-provoking education to being merely titillating entertainment.
Resource— Do Students Make the Connection?
9/26/19: Biblical Worldview about Literature
What will Jesus be thinking while he sits with your children in their English/Language Arts classes?
You can prepare your children to have a biblical worldview as they sit in class by discussing what Jesus is thinking while he is sitting with them. Jesus thinks biblically and so should your children.
The books your children will read tell stories of how characters deal with truth, beauty, goodness, struggle or tragedy. This is a great opportunity to think about how the characters live up to, or fall short of, what God says about those topics. You can encourage your children to ask themselves, “How should the characters have responded to a situation in the story if they were following God?” Or, “What does this story tell me about the fallen nature of people?”
9/27/19: Colorado Speech Guide
Colorado State University’s Inclusive Communications Committee has come out with speech guidelines they want people to follow.... and as you might imagine, there’s a whole new set of words we’re not supposed to use.
If you’re really nervous, Colorado State University doesn’t want you to say you are a “basket case” because it might offend a World War I veteran who lost his arms and legs in the war over 100 years ago.
When you are really hungry, the committee also doesn’t want you to say you are starving, because there really are starving people in this world and you are not one of them.
And, just when you thought you were being sensitive by using the term “Ms” when writing a letter to a woman, the committee says that’s not inclusive enough. You should now use “Mx” to cover all the gender fluid options.
Controlling language is one way of controlling society. I wonder what will be deemed inappropriate next year for the Left’s utopian regime?