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

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

Part I

 

Prepare: Use The Bible As The Guide

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Prologue

The Bible gives us instruction in the book of Deuteronomy as to how we should train our children and grandchildren by our continuous relationship with them throughout the day.   While these instructions were given to the people of Israel via Moses thousands of years ago when man was living in a primitive agrarian setting, that environment for man did not change much until about 1850. We have a very unusual situation in that the daily routine of man changed very little over a period of about three or four thousand years, and then we had in a comparative sense, a very rapid change in only 150 years.

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to this age, or this world…” in other words, don’t act like the people of the world. The Bible furthermore admonishes us to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The Bible continues by saying that that is what is pleasing to God.

We find ourselves in the 21st Century, with what most of us America would agree is the most prosperous country in the world, and we benefit from progress that has occurred over the past 150 years. Yet, with all our supposed prosperity, we find ourselves with enormous problems. Our federal government is nearing the 20 trillion dollar debt level, we have purposely killed more that 50 million unborn babies in about 50 years, the number of unwed mothers has been growing rapidly for the past few decades, Jesus Christ is not welcome in our government-run schools, and these are just a few of the barometers indicating we are a people who has been ignoring God’s instruction in His Word, especially as He has stated in Romans 12:2.

Remember God tells us to renew our minds. Mind control is the issue. While this book describes several things in American culture that adversely affect mind control, most are related to these two, government schools and urban living. It is the author’s view that we need serious adjustments in our daily lives if we expect to be obedient to God’s instructions.

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Why I Wrote This Book

 

It should be obvious by the title of this book that Romans 12:2 is a Scripture that has an overarching allusion as to the contents of this publication. That is true, but the initial incentive had more to do with my intent to warn family members about an apparent economic collapse that is coming to America, even the world. I began writing, on a weekly basis, letters/short essays giving background and suggestions as a way to prepare. These letters were sent to the five grown men/heads of household of our three sons and two daughters.

Much of what I wrote had to do with the value of living in rural America, particularly on a farm, as a means of lessening the impact of a serious economic collapse. Raising one’s own food is a major component, yet not the only important security measure rural living provides.

My parents and my wife’s parents lived through the Great Depression years as young adults, and lived their entire adult lives in a frugal manner, influenced by two salient factors, in my opinion.   First, all four were raised on farms. Secondly they knew hardship from economic collapse. I heard a lot of stories from my parents that, to this day, affect my attitude concerning self-reliance and preparing for potential crop failure, as it were, and other disasters

While I spent about 20 years in four different college towns, I have spent most of my life on the very farm where I now reside. In contrast, none of our children and their spouses spent their entire childhood living on a farm. Most have spent no time living on a farm. All live in major cities. (Dallas, Kansas City, Virginia Beach and Orlando) Their lack of a rural background made it difficult for me to paint a picture showing the relative security found by living in a rural area compared to city life.

When writing letters to my family members concerning being prepared for imminent danger in the future, I was aware our problems in America have a definite spiritual component. Therefore, much of my study focused on what the Word of God says. In the process, with my natural desire to ask the “Why?” questions, I desired to learn why America got in trouble in the first place. In essence, most all problems result, at least indirectly, from actions of devious evil men who desire control over others. The primary avenues for this control are through commerce, banking, and education. Furthermore is easier to accomplish this on an ignorant people.   Incidentally, I am aware that “uninformed” or “low information” are more polite descriptions than “ignorant.”   I will add that one method of keeping people dumbed down is to use distractions.

Anyway, things I learned pulled into focus ideas about relationships Christians should have to God, and to their family members, plus the fact that the environment where people live, learn and work most likely has a tremendous effect on mind control. In more recent years I have become very doubtful that God ever intended for man to live in crowded cities. The first Scripture below describes the responsibility God gave Adam.

The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.   (Genesis 2:15)

The next Bible verse might accurately describe the attitude of many who survived the Great Depression, and mistakenly thought their hardships came because they lived on a farm.

Isn’t mankind consigned to forced labor on earth? Are not his days like those of a hired hand? Like a slave he longs for shade; like a hired man he waits for his pay. (Job 7:1)

Following the flood, God gave Noah this command.

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. (Gen 9:1) The people, however, settled in the plain of Shinar, And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky.” (Gen 11: 2-4)

Summarizing my interpretation of the three Scriptures and connecting that with the attitudes of modern man is as follows:

  • God said, work and take care of the garden
  • Man doesn’t like physical labor
  • Cities have the lure of a better life

Large cities, like politics tend to attract people who like to gain and exercise control over other people. Urban residents, by nature of how cities are structured, are very much dependent on other people, and thus vulnerable to would-be tyrants. The city builds the street that gives them access to their grocery store, for example. The roads are also necessary for the large trucks to bring food into the city. The truck driver does not grow food, so the food must come from a distribution center. The people at the distribution center do not grow food either. It goes on, and on, and on, and that’s just for our dependence on food. Other things range from trash pickup, and police protection, to water flow out the faucets, heat on a cold day, or the AC that was not available when Job 7:1 was penned. Remember this, dependent people are more easily manipulated than those who are more independent (of the power elite).

Let me insert some current, real life examples about farm life and self-reliance. Today it is January 6, 2014. Tonight is to be the coldest day of the winter thus far. Wind chills tomorrow are predicted to be 20+ below zero. I just heard two minutes ago that the county public schools would be closed tomorrow. Some people, students and staff will have a day off, and will likely sleep in.   By contrast, I made some extra rounds late afternoon in preparation for tomorrow’s cold temperatures. I’ll be back out early tomorrow as a follow-up. I had six different locations to check/secure to insure water pipes will not freeze and certain animals will have drinking water. I want my chickens, sheep and kenneled work dog to have water, and I want my own water to flow. I also had some vegetable plants in a cold frame that needed extra protection. I checked and secured some home canned food in glass jars that need to be protected from freezing temperatures. My wife and I carried some extra (beyond normal) firewood into the house in late afternoon, wood that I cut here on the space God has allowed us to tend. I didn’t mind, it’s a matter of life on the farm. Frankly, I’m glad some bureaucrat sitting behind a desk somewhere is not in charge here.   One more thing; I just heard that the power is out at a dairy farm several miles from here. If the dairyman is without power for long tonight, it could spell real trouble, but you know what? … I’m betting the man has a backup plan… it is a part of being prepared, as near as possible, at all times on a farm.

The Father/son relationship is key. The Bible says man is responsible for teaching his sons and his grandsons. A man and his properly taught descendants will theoretically learn to avoid conforming to the world, and will insulate themselves by renewing their minds. In my opinion, the farm life environment is ideal for meeting God’s commands. At least, the father has more opportunity to teach his son.   In contrast, urban life can more easily provide conditions that lead to mind control (example, TV and other electronic gadgets) such as we now see throughout America.   This key, the father/son relationship, has been seriously compromised by factors as discussed in the book, because too many other influences are positioned between father and son, and between The Father and his sons. 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.

Father/son Relationships

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. As pointed out in the Prologue of this book, the shift from farm to urban living is one precursor. The second major factor has been the separation of children from parents by the government controlled 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 government 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.


Notes:

This is the first of several posts of a book I began writing about four years ago.  From that time until now, October 2017, events in this country and the entire world have seemed to spiral downward and away from God’s direction in the Bible.  This rapid change has compelled me to post the book online.

Also, I call your attention to the image of the school bus with an urban setting in the background.  Our granddaughter, Lia Lloyd, a gifted artist, painted that while still a high school student. My thanks go out to her, as she did much to paint an introduction to this writing.

I would also like to thank our son, Mark, for using his talent to put the text at the top of Lia’s painting.

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