Ignoring Romans 12:2 How Government Schools And Urban Living Have Led To Mind Control In The 21st Century (Segment E)

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The Celebrity Idols Factor

 

If there is a TV program with an appropriate title it is “American Idol.”   While it is relatively easy to point out some positive benefits of such entertainment, the audience is unknowingly contributing to our problem in America; the problem is hero worship. Movies, TV, sports, and the pop music industry supply more than enough American idols. While our teens, in general, are woefully ignorant of history and current affairs outside of the celebrities they worship, they likely know lyrics to ungodly songs, and likely know much about which unmarried Hollywood starlet (or is that harlot?) is sleeping with Hollywood stud what’s-his-name.

In a word, America has become obsessed with entertainment, and it is even more troubling when we consider that grade school aged children are often exposed to television programming that promotes the worship of such idols. As a matter of fact, the idol worship often begins with pre-school-aged children as they watch fantasy programming on TV. Teens are affected more than anyone else because of the school factor, the free time factor, and the freedom factor; the freedom to make certain choices on their own. The fathers in a similar fashion have become obsessed with sports. The 2013 NFL Super Bowl is less than a week away as I write this. If an alien from another planet were to visit us, or if a Founding Father visited us, or if someone who sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower visited us, they would no doubt be shocked at our obsession with a single GAME of football.

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The Time and Space Factors

 

In broad terms, there are two factors that are precursors to the obsession with sports and other forms of entertainment. Space is one factor; when people become crowded into small spaces, they are limited in their ability to be entertained by what God has already given us, his creation. The small living space in cities also limits certain creative endeavors. Try building a tree house inside many cities and see what happens. Or, plant garden vegetables between the front of your house and the street, and see how that goes over with neighbors, the homeowner’s association, and city officials.

The second precursor is time. Dad is home from work, the kids home from school, the automatic dishwasher eliminates some meaningful work, and boredom sets in. People seemingly have nothing to do, especially when you discount the activity of actually reading the Bible or some other book as a meaningful/enjoyable use of one’s time.

Furthermore, there are so many sources of available entertainment, especially with hundreds of TV channels, the Internet, mobile phones, and other devices that allow people to watch sports, play silly games, chit-chat, Tweet, text, send photos; it is just seems to be endless.

Therefore, once people are crowded into small spaces with time on their hands, then a real challenge lies in what they are to do. Why not just grab the TV remote and get your daily mind poison? Or, pick up that mobile phone and go at it, so to speak. Think about it: a popular phone app lets people play Angry Birds that seems to be addictive. My two cents; Angry Birds played by crazy people.

Entertainment has become a time hog – As we look at the history of the family dating back to Old Testament days and compare that to family relationships today, the follow becomes evident:

  1. Fathers and sons don’t spend as much time together now as they did in the past
  2. Sons were separated from the fathers when they began attending public schools
  3. Fathers working in the city accounted for much of the father/son separation
  4. The sons filled their time with entertainment
  5. Entertainment also began to fill the father’s time schedule
  6. Sons are likely separated from their fathers about three-fourths of their waking hours and entertainment accounts for much of that.
  7. To a large extent, the entertainment becomes addictive; once they get use to being entertained, then neither the son nor the father care about spending time with the other. At least on the surface, that’s the likely outcome in my opinion.

Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us…” (Exodus 32:1, NASB)

The Bible says the Israelis wanted to make a god because Moses was taking too long to descend from the mountain. The basic principle shown in that Scripture is still at play today… people get bored waiting. I suppose we could say that’s why the Devil invented the TV, plus a handy remote control.

In conclusion, regarding this lengthy discussion about entertainment, fathers and sons have filled their daily lives with things that occupy their time using those things that are most readily available. It becomes so much easier when they are confined to a small physical area. It is much like the domestication of an untamed, or wild animal; it is much easier after you first capture, and then confine it to a small place. Then you feed it what you want it to eat, and gradually over time you train it to do what you want. Who would do that to us, especially our sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters? Who wants us to loose the war with the information of this age (IOTA)?

 

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The Pigeon Religion Factor

 

Pigeon religion has reference to the fact that too much of Christianity is based upon placing individuals into special age and/or interest groups much like one would place items in the pigeonholes of a roll top desk. Nothing in early church history suggests that we should follow such a pattern. In fact, the church has conformed to the world, in particular the public school system. During the latter half of the 20th Century many small one-room schools were replaced with larger consolidated schools. The one-room schools often had students ranging in age from six years to 14 years, and often, older students assisted the teacher by helping younger students in the classroom.  I have more knowledge of this than the average person  because my Mother taught in one-room schools, and my wife, Glenda, attended such schools.  As larger schools were built, students where placed in classrooms according to age much like placing them in pigeonholes. In a similar manner, mega-churches have been on the rise, and similarities can be seen between big schools and big church congregations. Some knowledge of history can help us realize how the church has in many ways conformed to this age because of these changes.

A problem many of us have with history is that we don’t relate to any part of history in which we have not lived. Our thinking based on this view of history is dangerous, as we do not know all the influences that have shaped the pattern in which we now live. In fact, we know very few. The public school system is one of my favorite whipping boys, mainly because criticizing the public schools is like picking low-hanging fruit from a tree. Just walk around that public school tree and stop at any point, reach up and pick something to criticize and you will be safe. At this point in history, there is little that we can call correct and good concerning public schools.

When teens are put in a pigeonhole, they expect to hear things that relate to their interest and selfish desires. They don’t have to give a whit about the elderly widow ladies in the congregation; after all they are just old out-dated people. The chitchat among the teens is of course, geared to the same self interest. Teens are not unique in these matters; just pick any group and you have similar attitudes. How about the fact that some adults don’t want the interuptive crying of a baby while the pastor is so eloquently proclaiming his latest prosperity message. The larger the congregation the more pigeonholes to separate families into different groups.

One of the unintended consequences of pigeon religion is that this separation of family members may send an unspoken message that things of God happen in God’s house (that building constructed by men, where people congregate), and not particularly anywhere else. Furthermore, it makes it easy for some parents to shift all the responsibility of godly teaching to others. It can cause the father of the household to relinquish his responsibilities as priest of his home to someone in his congregation, the pastor, the teen pastor, and the Sunday school teachers.

In summary lets consider the hazards of pigeon religion in the form of a bullet point list. Pigeon religion promotes:

  • Selfishness
  • A narrow worldview, a world of one person, me, myself,
  • Dumbing down to the lowest level of teaching/learning
  • Entertainment that can become the emphasis as a substitute for teaching important biblical principles
  • The separation of family members at a time when we are to focus on God
  • The centrality of the pastor rather than Jesus, as leader of the Church
  • The unspoken idea that fathers can abandon their priestly responsibilities
  • Attitude that I don’t have to study; someone will teach me
  • The idea that the pew-sitter, especially adults, have nothing to contribute to the gathering of the believers; “Just be quiet, listen, and pay your tithes.”

Christians have a personal relationship with Father God through His son Jesus Christ, yet much of what the church congregations do is merely following or conforming to patterns of this age, particular the public school system model.

Christian schools have also been justly criticized for following the pattern set by public schools, using similar textbooks, methods of teaching, etc. with a prayer added to cover the God part of the day. The Nehemiah Institute through their PEERS testing program, has shown that most Christian school students have a worldview that is barely better than those students in public schools, and that there has been an alarming decrease in Christian Worldview understanding during the past decade. That’s convincing evidence that the pattern of this world is more closely followed in Christian schools than we would like to believe.

In summary of pigeon religion, we have followed a worldly pattern of categorizing people into groups that better enable mob control as it were, which is antithetical to cultivating individual development and responsibility, including the development of a stronger personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It also hinders family oriented Christian gatherings and fails to promote inter-generational fellowship.

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The College Factor

 

There is ample evidence that shows that the college campus is filled with more misinformation than any other place in America. There are four major reasons for this:

  1. Students on average arrive on campus with a warped worldview because they have been trained that way for 12-13 years in public schools.
  2. Students come to campus with freedom they did not have while living at home with their parents.
  3. The college campus has long been a cauldron for radical thinking professors, mainly in the social sciences (an oxymoron, for sure, as social and science do not go together), to settle in and spew their ideologies on to an unsuspecting captive audience.
  4. The marriage between radical college professors and tyrannical minded politicians and businessmen provides fertile ground to promote every imaginable thing that is contrary to God’s Holy Word.

It is not necessary to use a sledgehammer to kill this fly, but a few examples can give us all the information we need to make an informed judgment. I did a search (Start Page) for “queer studies college” and got over 290,000 results. At Wikipedia I found this, ” There are currently over 40 certificate and degree granting programs with at least five institutions in the United States offering an undergraduate major…”  I looked at courses offered at one of the colleges and learned that they have more that 20 separate courses in their queer department. That’s queer, for certain.

While five colleges with a queer studies major may not sound like many, I found that more than 200 colleges have Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) chapters. In short, if the leadership at a college campus has trouble with gender identity, then there is little reason for any sane parent to send his son or daughter there to spend four years of one’s life trying to get an education in such an warped environment, and paying big bucks to do so.  Some might say that is intolerant. That’s right, it is. Let me emphasize that much of “education” takes place outside the formal classroom setting. Also remember we are talking here about God’s instruction, “Do not be conformed to this age.”

Just as a matter of review at this point consider:

  1. A student beginning at five years of age is separated from his parents for six to eight hours daily during the school year for 13 years before entering college.
  2. The city dwelling student is also separated from at least one parent all summer.
  3. The average students gets no work experience
  4. The student has thousands of hours of media indoctrination by the time he finishes high school
  5. Therefore, upon entering college the student is like a dry sponge for soaking up radical, ungodly propaganda found on most every campus.

NOTES:

LARGE of anything seems to be a problem, large government, large cities, large schools, and large church congregations all contribute to the problem of conforming to the pattern of this world.  Part of that pattern is “group think,” which stiffens creativity, individual thought and action.  Furthermore, I remind the reader that Christians have a personal relationship with God, the Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is a one-on-one relationship, and not a result of the Communist inspired “group think.”…DR, 10/14/17

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Ignoring Romans 12:2 How Government Schools And Urban Living Have Led To Mind Control In The 21st Century (Segment D)

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The Entertainment Factor

 

Those of us in agriculture like to say that our advances in our professions freed up time for men to take other jobs. It is a “which came first the chicken or the egg” situation. Industrial/technological inventions helped farmers produce more efficiently, and the farmers’ efficiency helped free up labor for other occupations.

For centuries man’s day was likely filled with similar activity, working, eating, walking, and sleeping with little time for daily entertainment. That did not change much until large numbers of people moved into the cities. I hasten to point out that the city environment had some similar affects on both adults and youth. The available time for entertainment from Moses until the end of the 19th Century changed very little. When the city population went from 10 percent up to 80 percent, extra time for entertainment evolved. Much of the entertainment had to be created in order to give people something to do. Or, more accurately, enterprising people saw a market for entertainment because many people were available as potential customers. Created entertainment more nearly describes the activities for school age people.

Can we used for home use milk daily

Entertainment for Farm Families – Most of the increase in farm production has occurred during my lifetime. Farmers went from producing food for about 20 people to a level of producing enough for more than 150 people. I know something about how farm people spend their time.  I was a farm boy, a Dairy Science major in college, a county agent, a PhD in animal science, a college professor in animal science, and for the last 30 years, a farmer. I know what I did with my time in the 1940s as a small child. I know what I did with my time in the 1950s as a teenager; I know what it is like as an adult living in cities (20 years) and how I spent my time. I know what a farmer in this day does with his time. I know what it is like to live on a farm as a 71-year old, as I continue to farm. I know what to do with any spare time I have. Practically all my life I have been associated with agriculture. For most of that period I have also been involved either directly or indirectly with education of young people.

Entertainment in the rural environment was easy for this farm boy. I’ll give some examples of my time growing up on a dairy farm. My dad went to bed about 8:30 p.m. because he arose early to milk the cows. While I didn’t help milk in the mornings, I did do some chores in the morning and finished those in time for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. when the entire family sat down together. After breakfast I did a few more chores before going to school. After school I had more chores and helped milk the 30 cows. Like clockwork, Dad and I entered the house carrying a gallon of milk in a metal can for home use at 6:00 p.m. The entire family sat down at 6:00 for the evening meal.  After supper Dad might work in the garden while it was cool, and perhaps I would go hunting groundhogs.

During a three or four week period in September and October before the hunting season opened, I would go to the woods after school each day to sit and watch squirrels.

Woods near dairy, a nice place to visit in the fall

Because I had work to do on the dairy farm my time in the woods was limited each day, but I really looked forward to that pre-hunting season activity. While I didn’t actually spend a lot of time hunting, the time in the woods when temperatures were nice and the tree foliage was changing provided some genuine joy.

Sports in our public school were a part of our lives. I participated in baseball and basketball, but these activities did not dominate the lives of families involved. All practice for these sports took place in the last hour of the school day, and there were no other practice sessions. Baseball games were held during the afternoon on school days, and basketball games were at night during school days. The activity was enjoyable, but as I analyze it now, there seemed to be more balance with regard to sports time versus family time than some of the sports programs today, even those in rural areas.

Summer brought on projects for me and my cousins like building dams across the creek to make a swimming hole, building tree houses, making carts from junk machinery parts. Then there were 4-H projects, fitting and showing livestock for fairs, the pony rides, more hunting, exploring the five caves within walking distance of home, etc. Creativity was a major part of

DR and Champion Market Lamb, WV State Fair, 1956

summer entertainment as we built things, trained animals, and worked to attain some goal. I remember digging a groundhog out of his borrow, and then placed him in a rabbit cage I had. Of course I didn’t foresee the fact that our farm dog would tear the cage apart the first night and kill the groundhog. I also remember the entertainment some of us got catching bullfrogs by hand at nighttime. It took a flashlight, a stealth technique and a quick hand. My main point is that we did not have to look for things to do on the farm. Lets face it, city folk have never had it so good.

We never had summer baseball practice, because we didn’t have Little League Baseball. The nearest swimming pool was 12 miles away, and it was cold spring water. We really didn’t have time to fret over our lack of a swimming pool. The same can be said about movies; we rarely saw one, but didn’t miss them either. Television viewing was self-limiting in a way because we did not get a TV set until I was about 10-12 years old and there was little programming of interest to me, and besides, my schedule was full anyway. In those days I never heard of a small child watching Saturday morning cartoons. Honestly, I don’t even know if cartoons were on TV then. As I look back and recall our farm life and compare that to the cities full of thousands of children living in an environment where creative, productive work and play opportunities seem to be almost completely lacking among young people, I view their situation as sad. It is as if some unseen master is manipulating their lives in order that these children may become addicted entertainment slaves in a make-believe world. In a like manner, adults have so few options for their leisure time.

To summarize my experience as a farm boy in the 1940s and 50s, work was a way of life for the entire family. We were not overworked. Sure there were some jobs that were not particularly enjoyable, but tell me there is anything wrong with that? Is life not just like that, we at times have work to do that is necessary, but not particularly enjoyable? Entertainment was also a part of life, but it did not consist of a large block of time, plus it was woven in with the other activities in an almost seamless manner, like the trips to the woods to watch squirrels for a half-hour before completing farm chores. We didn’t have to take a trip in an automobile to some place for that bit of entertainment.

Entertainment for Urban Families – While I spent about 20 years of my adult life in small towns and cities, it has been more than 30 years since I lived in that type environment. I do have opportunity to visit urban areas at times. Most of my focus here has been on entertainment for young people, although some of the same challenges for youth also apply to adults, mainly what do people do with their free time.

For farm people, the term “free time” is almost laughable. Many urban dwellers would not understand, since they have little or no concept of farm life. For example, as I write this, we are in the long days of summer. I go out on the farm twice after the evening meal, once to tend to some minor chores and put the sheep into a smaller field to protect them from coyotes (guard dogs help). The second time is near dark and that trip is to shut the doors to two chicken coops so they will be protected from predators. Free time in excess is typical and basically a very serious problem in urban areas. For the discussion to follow, I will separate urban youth into two broad categories again.

Entertainment for Poor Inner City Youth. At the risk of stereotyping, the following are characteristic of many in this environment: poor, small living space, unwed mothers, renters. The neighborhood has a lot of children with basically no work to do, and all their play must be made up. The play is not a natural part of the environment as it can be with farm-reared children. Many are what I call half-orphans, meaning they have one parent missing from the home, usually the father, and some likely do not even know who their father is. So here is the setup outlining just a few possibilities:

  • Products of public schools
  • Half-orphans in many cases
  • No work to do
  • Much idle time
  • Likely entertained by various types of media

What do we expect with this type mix? No more questions.

Entertainment for Affluent Urban Youth. These young people live in a more spacious home and neighborhood, some in very upscale places. However, they have several similarities when compared to the inner city youth. Perhaps they listen to similar music, use mobile phones for much of their entertainment, and likely view some of the same unwholesome TV programming. They are more likely to travel by automobile to arrive at their place of after-school activity.

  • Products of public schools
  • Some half-orphans
  • No work to do
  • Some idle time
  • Likely entertained by various types of media
  • Enrolled in multiple activities (sports, arts) to entertain/keep busy

There are two primary points to make here. First: the inner city group is likely to get in trouble quicker than the affluent group. I’ll just leave it at that. Secondly: both groups have time from end of the school day, perhaps 3:30 p.m. until some unknown bedtime, where there is little natural flow of work, family time, and entertainment. Unlike the farm boy who may do chores before the seven o’clock breakfast, the city dwellers often stay up late at night and sleep as late as possible the next morning. The boy who lives and works on the farm has early bedtime as a matter fact of his lifestyle.

It is safe to say that practically all media entertainment aimed at youth is unwholesome. While the affluent families are more likely to have a father in the home, there is little likelihood that the fathers and sons spend a lot of time together as they “walk by the way. In fact,  some suburban fathers have long drives and get home late from work.

The final, and yet very important thing to emphasize is that work is absent from the lives of practically all urban youth. The idea that young people 12 – 18 years of age do not need to work is foolish at the very least. It is almost beside the point that we say, “But, they don’t have opportunity to work.” True, they don’t for the most part, but perhaps the Body of Christ needs to do some work here.

Perhaps Christians should sit down and make a long list of all the advantages of urban living and make a list of all the disadvantages. One of the more ominous facts about all who live in urban areas is that adults and youth alike have become addicted to entertainment. As a consequence they have a problem looking at life through any other set of glasses. My own experience plus that of others my age, who have lived in both cities and rural areas, gives us some unique perspectives. This is particularly true since we also had close ties to days dating back to the Great Depression era. Our parents lived in those days, and we learned some valuable principles concerning work ethic, perseverance, conservation, frugality, family enterprise, and challenged living that was born out of their experience. Furthermore, my generation knew a time when mobile phones, computers, television and cultural debauchery on a mass scale did not exist. We know there can be a better cultural environment than that we see now. We saw a change in the culture that went from “Father Knows Best” to “Dad is a Dummy.” God knew what He was talking about with his commands that instructed men to see that both sons and grandsons were taught properly.  When I look back on the post WWII days of growing up in a rural farm area, I do see one disadvantage we experienced. Since we were surrounded by adults at home, school, church and community who had lived through the challenges of the Great Depression days, there was a constant drumbeat from adults that we needed to get all the education we could get and then move to more urban areas in order to find work. In other words, we were not encouraged to stay in the rural area and work. Many of us left the area, while many of the back-to-earth, hippy generation moved to rural areas like my home area about 10-15 years after I graduated from high school. The “earthals,” as some call them, saw the advantage of living in rural areas, became productive citizens, and many demonstrated excellent entrepreneurial skills. Then of course, many people like myself moved back after working in the cities for a while.


NOTES:

This chapter, “The Entertainment Factor,” is perhaps the most important chapter in this book that explains how we have ignored Romans 12:2. Christians who believe the way to change our culture to a to a more positive one is through changing our government school system, are just plain foolish, in my opinion. I firmly believe we now have a culture that has overdosed on entertainment, BIG TIME. …DR, 10/12/17

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Ignoring Romans 12:2 How Government Schools And Urban Living Have Led To Mind Control In The 21st Century (Segment C)

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The Urban Living Factor

 

Farm versus city living changed very little from the time Moses to the time of Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the entire 19th Century 80% to 90% of the people lived on farms. The variation in estimates may be accounted for because many men would have had a vocation such as blacksmith, plus that of a farmer.   Farmer/inventors have always been common. In fact, I have used a hay carrier attached to a tractor for rolling hay out for sheep each winter every year for the past 30 years, and it was invented by two young farmer/brothers in Missouri. Anyway, it should be obvious that there was little change during roughly 3000 years. Let’s look at a portion of Deuteronomy 6:7,

 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

With 80 – 90% of families on the farm in the 19th Century, it is reasonable to think the Bible’s instruction via Moses and Deuteronomy, would not be difficult to comprehend. In both people groups it would have been normal for children to be near their father while they “walked by the way” for example. In the early part of the 19th Century when most Americans lived on farms, they worked with limited hand tools to grow food for their families. It also meant that family labor was an integral part of the daily activities.

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The Government School Factor

 

Formal schooling in America was very limited until the last half of the 19th Century, and the few schools available were usually church sponsored. In the 1840s some Unitarians who were unhappy with the Christian schools, undermined those schools by gaining support to have government-funded schools in Massachusetts. A few wealthy men gave financial seed money to start the first schools. The whole idea was to undermine Christianity and replace it with socialism in government schools. Once public taxpayer funded free (?) education caught on, then the church schools had a difficult time surviving financially. This was a watershed moment that ultimately led to separation of children from their parents during the school year and the school day. Once fully entrenched, the father could not be effective at teaching his sons while he “walked by the way.”

Father/Son Time – Lets say a eight-hour block of time, the time in school, plus the travel time, was taken out of the father/son relationship once government schools became well established. While the farm life remained relatively unchanged for many centuries, the establishment of government schools and the subsequent separation of children from their parents was a major factor in separating children from biblical principles. When the government schools first began, it obviously did not have an immediate impact on the parent’s Christian convictions. The same could be said of many teachers since Christianity was so prevalent, at least as we compare it to government school teachers in the 21st Century. This change did allow the seeds of secularism to grow over a period of more than 100 years. As secularism, and other worldviews crept into public education, God and His Book were crowded out.

We can assume that in the 19th Century that the home influence was relatively unchanged because farming was the predominant occupation. In fact schools were set up to allow for the children to be home during the busy growing season. To this day the nine-month school year is simply a policy holdover from the early years when most people were farmers.

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The Industrial Revolution Factor

 

Harvesting wheat in 1890s

Horse drawn machinery invented during the latter half of the 19th Century (Second Industrial Revolution, or Technological Revolution) did much to reduce manual labor on family farms. For example Cyrus McCormick, at 22 years of age, in 1831 invented a horse drawn wheat harvester that tied bundles with twine. That piece of machinery worked so well that its design and function changed very little in the next 125 years following its invention. In fact, I rode such a binder, pulled by a tractor,  in the 1950s as a teen working in the wheat fields. As technology advanced, fewer people were needed to raise the food necessary for the nation.

Wheat binder use in the 1950s

By 1920 the percentage of people farming was 30 percent compared to the 80-90 percent in Lincoln’s day. In the 50-year period from 1870 to 1920 there was a five-fold increase in people living in cities, from 10 million to more than 50 million. Whereas about 66 percent of people lived in non-metropolitan areas in 1920, that number was only 20 percent by the year 2000. Or the reverse of that would be 34% of America’s population was in cities in 1920 and that increased to 80 percent by the year 2000.

In 1960, my first year in college with a major in agriculture, each American farmer produced enough food for about 25 people, and that increased to more than 155 people 50 years later. I have followed this trend closely since I have spent all of my adult life working in some phase of agriculture.

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The Training to Work Factor

 

So what’s the point of all this information about population on farms and in the cities have to do with a war with the information age. It has to do with a key four-letter word: T-I-M-E. What do people do with their time? When technology advances and people gain more free time, what do they do with it? When people migrate from rural farming environments into cities what do people, especially those of school age do with their time? I am going to lump city folk into two broad categories. One type is the inner city group who live in small houses and apartment dwellings. The second type is the group that lives in nicer houses, perhaps on an acreage away from the inner city. Question: can a teenage boy in either group after leaving school each day walk somewhere to work? Can he walk from school to work and then walk home? Can he leave school to walk home, then to work and back home?

Pick a school child in the city of any age, in any housing group, and tell me; what are his options during the summer when he is not in school? Can he walk to work? If he had transportation, could he even find a job? Even if the reader never lived on a farm, or had contact with farm life, I have some questions for you. Do you think a farmer could find some work in the family garden for a 10-year old boy, like maybe pulling the weeks out of the potato patch? Do you think a 14-year old boy would be given something to do by his farmer father? Do you think a farm boy of any age would be smart to tell either of his parents that he is bored, and wants to know what he can do? Here is my guess concerning all the questions I asked; you answered all questions correctly. The teen boy in the city can’t walk from school to a job. Neither can he walk to a job in the summer. He would not likely find a job even if he had transportation. The farmer can find several jobs for the 10-year old, in addition to the weed pulling. And, how smart is it for a farm boy to say he is bored? He would certainly be dumb to ask that a second time.

The reader likely noticed that my questions centered on the theme of “walking to work.” I understand that it is not politically correct because it sounds like some type of child abuse to have them work. Not so, suitable work will not harm a child. My first paid job was at five years of age. I was paid a nickel for drying dishes after supper that my 11-year old sister had washed. I don’t recall if it was a nickel each day or a nickel for washing all week. Anyway, I used the term “work” for the simple reason that part of training up a child should include training to work. Unfortunately, our present system puts children in school at five or earlier (pre-school programs) and many students graduate from college before work becomes a reality. Interesting too, employers are not too enthused about hiring an inexperienced person.

The reality is this: most children in a non-farm environment spend most of their waking hours exposed to the Information Of This Age, (IOTA.) They spend several hours in school. I won’t cover that topic here other than to say the guardians, except for homeschooled children, for several hours a day are NOT THE PARENTS. We must never forget that teachers today are largely products of the IOTA as well. I will not detail here what exact information students are exposed to from the time school is out until they go to bed, but it is probably safe to say they are during most of that time being exposed to IOTA, via radio, TV, Internet, and phones.

Lets back track a bit. As production of farms became more efficient, more people moved off the farm to take jobs in cities. Jobs were the chief magnet that drew people to that environment; it still is. While men obtained better paying jobs, and the increased pay usually enabled the family to acquire a better standard of living (?), a serious unintended consequence resulted. The trade off, a bad one I might add, was that children grew up in the city without gaining work experience. The problem was exacerbated once the women’s liberation movement arrived because often the mom/housewife also became a wage earner. Therefore, at the end of the school day, and throughout the entire summer, little Johnny and sister Susie needed “something to do” with their time. In a 2009 report, people over 15 years of age averaged 58 percent of their leisure time watching TV, using the Internet and playing video games. This represented an increase of 16 percent since 2003. Another report said that teens spend 53 hours each week with this type media. That totals more than 7.5 hours per day. With no work, no parents to mentor them, and few options to chose from, children in cities have basically overdosed big time on entertainment. For me this is one of the most haunting horror stories of the 20th Century. Is it any wonder that most children have become “conformed to this age,” the very thing the Bible instructed us not to do?

Development of the government school systems ran parallel to the movement of people from farm to city. It took more than 100 years before the public school secular training gained a stronghold. The IOTA has developed rapidly especially during the last four decades of the 20th Century in both the public schools and the culture in general through movies, TV, music, etc. It is accurate to say that this is the era whereby the whole enchilada was put in front of us. In other words the fruit of the IOTA became fully ripe by the turn of the 21st Century.

Therefore, American fathers have failed to teach their sons and grandsons because of loss of time in two broad areas. Public schools have taken one block of time and entertainment has taken another.

Father/Son Time – Public school including bus time takes about an eight-hour block of time, and entertainment as discussed above takes another 7.5-hour block. Therefore, children today are missing more than 15 hours each day whereby they cannot interact face to face with their parents when we compare this day with a time about 150 years ago. So, what we have here is a true war with Christians on one side against IOTA on the other. Knowing how we got here will hopefully help us as we attempt to obey the command, “Do not be conformed to this age.”

In the name of progress, man moved from the farm to the city to work to increase his standard of living. Meanwhile he has become more separated from his sons and grandsons making it extremely difficult to fulfill God’s instruction … You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:7)

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? ……………………………(Matt 16:26)


Notes:

Is it public schools or government schools?  These two are used interchangeably in this book, but government schools is more accurate.  First consider the word “govern.”  I used to tell my students, If you don’t govern your actions, someone else will.”  A much better quote is the one by William Penn, in 1668,  Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.  Here is an important question, “If children are separated from parents 15 hours each day, is it likely they will be governed by God, or…???

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