CALLING EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL
Coach Dave Daubenmire
January 1, 2009
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“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14
I continue to be amazed at how evil is supported in this nation. Now don’t get me wrong. That is exactly the type of behavior that one would expect from those who have not been regenerated by the Spirit of God. What was it Jesus said “You are of your father the devil”? He wouldn’t get away with that today, at least not in modern evangelical circles……way to judgmental. Jesus would make American-Christianity look bad.
How has America gotten so upside down? Every where you look these days you can’t look. I mean, “Don’t look at that” has become the speed-dial of most conscientious parents who are struggling to raise their precious offspring with some scintilla of morality. Our public airwaves are filled with as many moral-landmines as any highway in Iraq. It is almost impossible to protect our children against the collateral damage of today’s morally-confused culture.
Parenting and child-rearing has become a contact sport as parents try to bob and weave their children through the onslaught of punches thrown by the atheistic humanists. As I watch the carnage from this anything-goes sewage system called “entertainment” I wonder who is to blame for the destroyed lives strewn along the byway. Wrecked lives are the fruit of a salt-less culture.
My wife And I were guests at a wedding last week. The majority of those in attendance were the twenty-something friends of the bride and groom. As I looked around the room at a myriad of pretty young things with low-cut dresses, designed to gingerly hold in what was fighting to hang out, I marveled at the strength it would take for any young man to remain pure in a world full of such salacious seductresses. It was obvious to me that the seeds of the MTV culture had reached full bloom. Lust producing fruit was on display.
Because there was no pre-arranged seating my wife and I found ourselves at a table with these hormone oozers. Now don’t get me wrong, they were polite and friendly and, for the most part, gainfully employed. Michele and I began to engage them in conversation as most of them were the same age as our own three physically-grown children. All of the couples at the table had one thing in common. They were all living together with their “partners.” It never entered their mind to be ashamed to say so. Evil is now good.
One young girl at another table caught my eye. I had remembered her as a classmate of one of our children and I was struck by how she had blossomed into a pretty young woman and was surprised that she had attended the wedding without an escort. Out of curiosity I asked one of my offspring the next day about the attractive young thing.
“Oh Dad, she’s a slut. From what I hear she sleeps with anything in pants. It’s too bad because she is so good looking.”
I sat quietly on the couch next to my wife as a sense of regret slid over me. “What do you expect?” I said to the mother of my own precious daughters. “Look around at the example we have allowed to be set for her. We have failed her Michele. We have allowed evil to be called good. Her lack of moral virtue is the fruit of our indifference.”
Sin has consequences. No one told her it was wrong. She is young and can still find her way to Truth. But her journey didn’t have to be filled with so many heartaches.
I hate to be redundant, but it is not her fault. Christianity has let her down.
Our nation is laden with young people nursing self-inflicted wounds while immorality parades as liberty in the school houses of this land. We would expect young sinners to enjoy sin. Cows moo, dogs bark, and sinners sin. It is their nature. Our schools have become the breeding ground of immorality.
So what is it with us Christians? Do we hate our children? How is it possible that we can continue to support a system that undermines all that we believe? Are athletics that important? Is the desire to have a nicer car and prettier clothes worth sacrificing the souls of our children? Is your daughter’s four years in marching band really worth the poisoning of her soul?
Several times a year I get the opportunity to share my faith in a public school. A suburban district in the Columbus area offers a class called “Radical Political Science” which is a senior-only elective designed to exposes the students to different worldviews. From atheist to communists, lesbians to tree-huggers, a cornucopia of speakers are invited to share their philosophy with the students.
I speak on the need to maintain our Christian culture and the Lie of Separation between the Church and the State. The instructors always tell me that I am the student’s favorite speaker because I can give good reasons why I believe what I believe. They tell me that most Christian speakers can’t.
But usually my greatest opposition comes from those students who self-identify as Christians. They are the most vociferous defenders of homosexuality, and an individual’s right to choose what he thinks is best “for him.” “I personally think it is wrong but Christianity teaches that it is wrong to judge. We have no right to force our beliefs on another person.” It is a deadly concoction, this witches brew of moral relevatism seasoned with salt-less religion. This poisonous mix is more deadly than the Kool-aide served in Jonestown and has raised a nation of children who now believe wrong is right and right is wrong. The loose-living teenager is not the villain. No, my friend, the villain is anyone who is willing to call sin what it is. Judging is the unpardonable sin.
Christianity is losing its influence in the culture because the government schools are poisoning our children. Cow’s moo, dogs bark, shouldn’t salt season? But the watered down Gospel has caused the salt to lose his savor. We have taught our children to be sugar instead of salt and our nation is succumbing to ‘spiritual diabetes.”
Recently I had a confrontation with a government school superintendent who had ordered his music teachers to remove all “religious” songs from the Christmas program. This type of bullying is rampant by administrators in our schools. This self pro-claimed “director of the bell choir” at his church informed me in an email that the use of such “religious” songs in the program was “coercive” to young children. I was startled to read this statement in an email he shared with me.
A school context gets closer scrutiny than in other contexts because students are impressionable, are particularly subject to peer pressure, and because school is inherently a coercive environment. Also, the age of the student(s) is significant when determining what is appropriate and non-coersive (e.g., high school students may be able to appreciate the distinction between secular and religious aspects of Christmas, but it is less likely that younger children can do this).
Out of his mouth…”schools are inherently coercive.” Evil is ruling the day because the God-haters teach their kids to fight while we Christians teach ours to submit. The singing of Silent Night is “coercive” but tolerance, diversity, and global-warming is not.
Christians pay for the schools while someone else makes the rules. In the above case a “Christian Bell-Choir director” declares his own faith to be coercive. I have met the enemy and it is us.
Want to make a New Year’s resolution that really counts? Resolve to get your kids out of the government schools. Resolve to never vote for another coercive government school levy. Resolve to start a Christian school co-op at your church. Resolve to partner with other parents and churches to provide an alternative to the soul killing “synagogue of Satan” currently masquerading as a “public” school.
Jesus warned us that soul pollution was far more dangerous than air-pollution. He went so far as to tell us to poke out our own eye if it caused us to sin. Sin is the smoke of a polluted soul.
Your kids trust you mom and dad. Pastor, the parents trust you. How would a child ever discern the evil that surrounds them? The teachers must be telling them the Truth because Mom and Dad wouldn’t hire a bad babysitter.
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And the schools can’t be that bad. After all, Pastor’s wife is one of the teachers. In fact, she probably plays in the bell choir.
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