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

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The Messages in This Book

 

The foundation for the messages in this book comes from Romans 12:2 whereby the Bible tells us:  Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. This, of course, suggests that in order to have discernment as to God’s will, you must first have your mind renewed, and thus this should help you avoid conforming to this age.

From that foundational message in Romans 12:2, we learn what God’s Word, the Bible, has to say about how fathers should, at all times, be teaching their children. Scripture in Deuteronomy shows us those instructions.

It’s interesting how we see history through the time period in which we live, and tend to pay little attention to what came before. We sometimes fail to understand the precursors to the changes we personally witnessed. The purpose here is to give a brief overview, and perhaps add one or two elements you hadn’t thought about previously.

Many people would agree that the breakdown of the family has been a major contributing factor to the current problems in society. While that is true, we must ask the question, “What caused the breakdown of the family?”

Many cite taking prayer and the Ten Commandments out of the public schools as a beginning to the breakdown of the family. Some say it was the governmental subsidies to unwed mothers. Some say the women’s liberation movement. Some say sexual perversion in general. Some say it was when the wife/mother left home to take a job..

Eleven whole chapters in this book outline the adverse factors that have affected father/son relationships. I use the father/son designation rather than parent/child simply because the Bible does so in the Scriptures found in Deuteronomy. When we study the lifestyles of people since the time of Moses, we find that some key factors changed very little for a period of nearly 3000 years. In my opinion, there have been two primary changes during the past 150 years that have contributed most to our dilemma, conforming to this age. Both of these changes are precursors to destroying father/son relationships.   Or perhaps I should say, the separation of fathers and sons ultimately led the mind control of generations to follow. The shift from farm to urban living is one precursor. The second major factor has been the separation of children from parents by the public school system. While this book outlines 11 factors, most of the last nine are the result of the first two, (1) the move from farm to city, and. (2) the training in public schools.

Acquiring knowledge about those changes should help us discern what is good, pleasing and perfect in God’s will for our lives, and give us some direction as to how we can make some necessary adjustments as believers in the Word of God.

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God’s Instruction In The Old Testament

 

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as [b]frontals [c]on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6: 4- 9, NASB)

The Bible verse above is very familiar to many, especially those who have a firm belief that homeschooling and/or Christian schools are the only appropriate methods for training our children. Now lets take a look at the Scripture that immediately preceded, the first three versus of Deuteronomy 6.

Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. O Israel, you should listen and [a]be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

Now notice particularly the second verse where it says so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, … What we have here is an emphasis on three generations; instructions to the fathers was that they, their children and their grandchildren, all three generations need to learn God’s teaching. It seems man must first learn God’s statutes and judgments, and then make sure that information was carried down for the next two generations. In other words, it is not good enough for man to learn the Scriptures, he must teach his son as shown in verse seven, but the father also has responsibility to his grandsons as well.

Playing the Devil’s advocate, I ask, how does this square up with church gatherings where the children are separated from the parents and put in the “children’s church,” or the teens separated from the parents and taught something “relevant” to teens, or have teaching about things high schoolers are interested in hearing. Can we say “itching ears?” Perhaps we should focus on what God says is relevant?

I think most people who read these first few verses in Deuteronomy likely agree with the premise that man should be teaching his children at all times. Problem is; do they do it? Is it even physically possible? How many hours a day do a father and son spend time together? The Bible says to teach while you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you get up. Let’s be real, most men are out of the house early in the morning to go to work. At the end of the school day children may be off to practice some activity like ballet or some ball game. There are likely very few families who sit down and eat the evening meal together. I feel certain the percent of families where the entire family sits down for breakfast TOGETHER would likely be less that three percent, ten percent maximum. Let’s just say ten percent of families eat breakfast together. Is there a lot of teaching of the father to the son during this time to make up for the other 90 percent? The reader and I both know that practically no teaching of biblical principles takes place each morning before father goes to work.

Why does the father even GO to work? Can he not work in his home? Yes, father working in the home is a bygone day. So is Deuteronomy only good for the ancient days when men were at home grubbing out a living by herding animals or gathering food in the fields? Do we just automatically assume that this is outdated because most of us don’t herd goats and sheep anymore?

Okay, okay, let’s just say I am not likely to get very far with this type discussion even if I am one of those individuals who does herd sheep. Lets say that it is near impossible because of work schedules of parents and schooling of children to have the father walk with his son during the day.

Do we have other wiggle room for trying to adhere to Deuteronomy 6?   If children are in private or government schools, then there is an eight-hour block of time away from home. What about dinner, or supper, as we say on the farm? Does the entire family eat together? Could this substitute for some of the teaching as the father and child “walk by the way?” Do the father and child have two to three hours before bedtime where they can discuss God’s commands?   For now I will leave those for discussion later.

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God’s Instruction In The New Testament

 

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

In Romans 12:2, some translations say, “Do not be conformed to this age.” The ASV says, “And be not fashioned according to this world,” the GNV says, “And fashion not yourselves like unto this world,” and the NIV says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world…” So in the versions shown here we are instructed; Do not be conformed, fashioned, or influenced by the pattern of this world. If we ask what “this age” means some might say that means the age in which Romans was written, or perhaps just the circumstances at the time for those who lived in Rome. For most of us we would likely agree that regardless of the age, we are not to conform to the pattern of the rest of the world.

What is meant by “Do not be conformed to this age?” One way to conform is by physical force. Should you be placed in a locked cell, as in prison, physically you would be conformed. Or, you could have a heavy steel ball attached to a chain on one end and to your leg on the other; you would be conformed by force. Tyrants use force to make people conform. Islam teaches dominance in their religion. Infidels (any who are not Muslim) who are captured are forced to convert to Islam or suffer the consequences of being a lower class, abused class of people, or be killed. People who are forced into slave labor are conformed by force.

Our instruction from the Bible is referring to our voluntary decisions to “conform to this age.” This can become tricky since tyrants are likely always looking for new ways to cause people to be conformed to the desire of the tyrant. For example, much of the civil rights legislation in America was portrayed as a form of freedom, while in fact, over a period of three or four decades many were being manipulated or conformed into a type of slavery. The best example is the fact that when our federal government began heavily subsidizing unwed mothers while neglecting to hold fathers of the illegitimate babies accountable. The result was that a large percentage of unwed mothers became slaves of the government over a period of about four decades. How so? They are supported by taxpayer funds, and this has essentially made them slaves to the government system. The family was destroyed in the process.

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Why The Information Age May Be The Most Critical Age In History

 

Throughout history there have been various ages defined by certain significant activity and/or products of those particular times. For example, the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Age were forerunners to the Information Age. In the earlier ages, man used his hands to work with those materials like bronze and iron to make tools, for example. He would then use these tools to make other things. In each age, man was using physical materials and using his physical body, his hands, to construct and shape products. In contrast, the Information Age is the first time in history whereby products that influence the MIND have been developed. That is VERY different. All the information systems we have now with computers, phones, Internet, etc. can be used to influence the mind. So for the first time since the Bible was written, we have a serious threat of mind control either by accident at the least, or at worst, on purpose by would-be-tyrants. In fact, I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that Romans 12:2 is more relevant now than anytime since it was first penned. Think about it; some falsehood can be written down and within a few minutes time it can be read at the far corners of the earth via television, phone, or the Internet. We often hear that something has gone viral, usually a short video.   Masses of people can be deceived quickly to follow false leaders of some country, false teachers of some ideology, or even the false doctrine formulated by someone posing as a Christian.

The Information Age has allowed both the good and the bad information to travel at lightning speed. The Bible tells us “Do not be conformed to this age,” and we are in the Information Age, the one age where the mind can easily be adversely affected or controlled. Christians are is essence at war with all those avenues of mind control that have been developed in a matter of a few years. It has happened so quickly that in many ways we have been caught off guard. We have been so fascinated with the use of advanced technology, that we tend to overlook the harmful effects, which are now becoming more evident as each day passes.

The advancing technology of the Information Age is just one aspect of how we are at risk of being conformed to this age. Major changes in rural versus city places of residency, major changes in education, and family lifestyles during the past 200 years are all factors that deserve our close attention lest we continue to become more conformed to this age.


NOTES:

Never in modern times have we seen the turmoil such as we have now. Currently, one of the hot button issues has been the players in the National Football League who have been disrespecting the American flag by their behavior while the Star Spangled Banner is being played prior to the game.  They fail to stand, and thus they insult large segments of their fan base, and likely most of us who are not fans of any NFL team.   Some are predicting the end of the NFL, and if it does crash, I say, “Good riddance!”   In more than one of the chapters to follow, I point out that we are obsessed with entertainment, and this contributes to our “conforming to this age.”  DR, October 2017


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Who Leads Us? Part 2 – Follow The Chief Shepherd

 

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.  (Romans 12:2, HCSB)

Just as I have learned that a large percentage of my time as a sheepherder, is spent watching and looking for sheep that have gone astray, I suggest to the reader that most of American’s present problems revolve around the lies we have believed, the entertainment we have embraced, and the time and place where we spent gaining our formal schooling.  Furthermore, all of these harmful things have been LEARNED.  I’ll also insert this observation, prosperity is usually a poor teacher.  (prosperity – remember what I said in Part 1 about sheep with a full belly? – they don’t listen to my voice) A good example today is the seemingly large number of college students who are often referred to as “snowflakes.”  These people have never attended the college of hard knocks.  This can explain why they are so easily “triggered” by events or comments by another person that makes them look for a “safe place,” a place where they cannot be frightened by their own shadow, and where they can weep and recover from their tormented position.  College education today is very expensive, and for many who attend, it is little more than training to extend adolescence!  About 50 years ago Americans bought the lie that “everyone needs to get a college education.” Then educators dumbed down standards, and together with politicians went to work establishing scholarship funds that would raise college teacher salaries, gain votes for the politicians, and pile up more debt for Mr. and Mrs Taxpayer.

Sowing and Reaping

Let me paint  a word picture. You have a garden where vegetables are growing.  Metaphorically, the growing vegetables represent the young people in your family.  One of the frustrations I have is hearing prominent Christians get all fired up with rhetoric every time Christians are insulted by the actions of some secular person or group has made decisions to, for example, remove references to Christmas, or open the same restrooms to males, females, or transgenders.  They complain that school officials, mayors, governors and others make wrong decisions, but these same Christian complainers seldom do anything to promote Christian schooling, the only way to provide an extensive biblical-based education.  They want to treat the symptoms  rather than take measures to prevent the disease.  The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9) can help us understand  the importance of having the correct standards that we and our family follow.    When you complain to the school board, write a letter to a someone in the U.S. Congress, or gather somewhere to protest, these type actions would be like the gardener who steps on a weed while tending his garden.  Gardeners know that stepping on a weed will hardly slow its growth, much less kill it, and registering a complaint to officials will likely produce similar results.   Here is a novel idea; go protest to local pastors telling them you want a Christian school in your community.  Frankly, complaining about public schools, is not an answer; not even a first step.  Send your children to a Christian school, or better yet, begin teaching your children at home.  If your children are grown, then do what you can to encourage young families to provide Christian schooling.

Homeschool Challenge – only 9 more apples to go on top Source

America’s Heart Problem

Here is another word picture.   A professional athlete suddenly dies due to a heart condition that had gone undetected.  This strong man played sports in high school and college before becoming a paid professional.  Then one day he collapsed and died.  This could very well describe America; she looks strong, but has a heart problem.

America has gone through some turbulent situations in recent times.  She appears to be strong in many ways, but one single measure should give us pause.  The U.S. Federal  debt has nearly doubled since Obama began occupying the White House, and is projected to reach 20 trillion dollars by February 2017.  As someone has said, “Anything that can’t go on for ever, won’t.” A single statistic like this does not tell the whole story in regard to our problems, but it is an important bellwether type factor.  For example, our prosperity is inflated, and our prosperity would vanish if we had to pay that all debt at once.  In fact, it can’t be done.

Since Donald Trump won the presidential election November 8, 2016, several indicators have suggested our country is turning a corner on the many disasters that have piled upon on us during the past four to six decades. I am optimistic that Trump can turn the corner, just as Obama turned the corner eight years ago, but he went in the WRONG DIRECTION.  I truly believe God has given us a reprieve, but the work of Christians is now enormous.

How is the work of Christians enormous?  We have more than 300 million people in America, and the majority, most likely, need attention to their spiritual condition. Much of our learned attitudes come from actions that began more than 150 years ago.  I am specifically thinking about our public schools, more than any other group.  I will say, our church congregations chould also use an overhaul.  Man is a creature of habit, and migrates toward those things that make him comfortable.  It took about 150 years for the humanists to worm their way into our culture and nudge Christians to the side.  In retrospect, I grew up in the 1940s and 1950s when the culture was Christian, but I saw few hard core, Bible-believing Christians.  The radicals of the 1960s made a hard push to rid the culture of all things Christian… we’ve lost our footing, what was left of it.  The main point is that we took more than 150 years to get here, so we cannot gain what we lost in one generation.  We need to wake up and realize we have been following the wrong crowd for way too long.  One to three trips a week to participate in a church congregational meeting WILL NOT TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND.  If you want your children to truly follow Jesus, then, at the very least, as a first step, remove them from the clutches of government schools.

Seriously, whether you have school children or not, talk to local pastors about helping young families with finances to school their children in a way that will honor God.  If you are told, “No,” then I ask you, “What will you do next?”  Will you and the pastors just return to the old habits, and places of comfort?


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Who Leads Us? Part 1 – Led Astray for 150 Years.

As a Christian, a trained animal scientist, and farmer who has owned and managed a flock of sheep for nearly 35 years, I often get a better understanding of the behavior of Christians by careful observation of my flock of sheep.

Effects of Genetics and Environment Upon Behavior

Sheep producers are aware that animal performance is affected by two broad categories of influence, (1) genetics, and (2) environment.   The challenges are many, and the primary one is that for a given trait, or performance, there is seldom a clear-cut influence from the two categories. For most behaviors, environmental factors far outweigh any genetic influence.

Humans are not much different. Genetics will usually affect color of eyes, skin and hair, the physical height and other physical characteristics. When someone uses dye to color his or her hair, this is obviously an environmental effect. We often hear that homosexuals “are born that way.” Usually, when we say, “born that way,” we mean that genes from the parents caused a permanent genetic result that cannot be changed.   We have a problem explaining how two heterosexuals produced a homosexual child. Environmental influences are more likely the cause of this behavioral trait. The genotype, or profile of the genes as they are combined from the father and mother, are set at conception and do not change from that point forward. In contrast, the environment is constantly changing. Food, water, air, the TV programming, movies, music, and those people with whom we associate, are all environmental factors that can influence our behavior.

We All, Like Sheep, Have Gone Astray

One of the interesting revelations I recently received about that Bible verse saying we have all gone astray is that there are two different ways we can go astray. (1) We can leave the group on our own and go the wrong way, or, (2) we can go astray by following the wrong person or group. While, for many years, I had thought going astray, like a sheep, was leaving a group, BUT now I am convinced that most of us go astray by following the WRONG CROWD and/or following and adhering to some WRONG TEACHING. Ruminate on that for a moment. One word of caution: we must NOT look for some crowd to blame for wrong choices we make as individuals. “The Devil made me do it,” is not a substitute for repentance. Far too often, I hear someone excuse their behavior, or that of another person, because of the fact that they had a poor childhood, and could not recover from some bad influence in their life.

Mothers are leading their young

 Some Basics of Learning, Leading, and Following

The followlng bullet points outline important things I have learned with my sheep.

  • My sheep know my voice
  • Sheep have to LEARN my voice
  • Sheep will not follow me if their bellies are full
  • Older sheep follow me more readily
  • Young lambs follow their mothers
  • Young adult sheep learn by following older “lead” sheep
  • I use salt to get the sheep to follow after I call them
  • I don’t call the sheep unless I have the salt
  • Sheep following the shepherd, or other sheep is a learned behavior

While some people, just like some sheep, seem to naturally be more gregarious than others, for practical purposes, the behavioral trait of “following,” is LEARNED.

Americans Have Bought into Some Really Big Lies

Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. (Colossians 2:8 -HCSB)

There are many, but here a few of the big lies that many American’s have embraced.

  • It is important to collect stuff, as much or more than your neighbor.  I heard the late Paul Harvey say many years ago, “Isn’t it sad that Americans have become so prosperous that they have more clothes than their closets will hold?”
  • Women need to work outside the home in order to help with the “stuff collection.”  I remember hearing Hillary Clinton in 1992, in defense of her political activism say, “I suppose I could have stayed home, baked cookies and had teas,”   And I ask, “Which is worse, messing up a batch of cookies, or messing up batch of countries?
  • There should be free education for all children in government schools. Firstly, there ain’t no free education in government schools,  just as there ain’t no free lunch,  and secondly, look who wrote this idea down in 1848.
  • Islam is  a religion of peace.  Wrong, regardless of who says so, and Sharia Law is totally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution. Those who follow Islam use stealth techniques to deceive others.  I discovered Islam in public school textbooks more that 30 years ago, presented more thoroughly than Christianity. 
  • Marxist ideology and Communism have been spreading in America for several decades under the guise of progressive ideology, as in control of private property, spreading the wealth around, excessive government regulation of our lives, and most anything else you can read about in George Orwell’s book, 1984.
  • The unborn child has no value unless that baby can be butchered, and it’s body parts sold to the highest bidder.

Addictions

In addition to the lies, Americans have had several decades in which we have become addicted to entertainment, primarily sports and various forms of  visual entertainment provided by machines like movie projectors, television sets, computers, and mobile phones. For those of us who even know what a movie projector is, we can get a fairly clear understanding that this addiction has become, in many cases,  an unhealthy use of our time.  Most of this entertainment is manufactured, meaning unnatural compared to such activity as hiking, hunting, building things with our hands, growing plants and tending to animals.  I am well aware that those who have their eyes glued to a hand-held device for most of their waking hours, would not consider these activities as entertainment.

Summary – Part 1

Behavior is learned, and affected very little by genetics.  While we often hear about “quality time,” I agree with a man who said, “quantity is quality,” meaning that is what parents need to understand.  Our children spend more waking hours at public schools than they do with their own parents.  Whether you like him or not, Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next”  (Source) Schools, more than anything else, either directly, or indirectly, have done the most to take us down the wrong path for more than 150 years.


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