Discipleship Disaster

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

 

Transportation for Discipleship Training at Government School

Transportation for Discipleship Training at Government School

The Disaster

 Simply put, the common method of training children in government-run schools has become a DISASTER. If the reader is not aware of the academic, moral. and spiritual bankruptcy in public schools, then perhaps you should either do some serious study, or go read something that is not so heavy.   It is easy for an old codger (old codgerused affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man) like me to tell you what it was like in the “good ole days,” but it’s true. At least compared to now, it was much better. I went to a public school, (same building, all 12 grades) before the door was closed on God. In fact, among the teachers I had, three were Sunday school teachers, and two were preachers. One of these taught a Bible class to ninth graders. The school also dedicated one week each year for a week long Bible school.

An Even Greater Disaster

When man makes laws that are in direct conflict with God’s LAW, then man will, at some point, reap what he sows, and the crop will not be good.   For example,  man has  made laws saying parents must send their children to school, and that same government, with taxpayer dollars, provides such a school.  Now, tell me, what can be more ridiculous than sending a young boy to a government school where he learns he can become a girl if he so chooses? The really sad part about this situation is that Christian leaders are supposed to be purveyors of biblical truth, if anyone is, yet in the face of reality, they abandon truth and accept the lie that government run schools are acceptable places for our children to receive discipleship training for about 30 hours each week.

Failure to Make Long-range Plans

 During my intermittent  study of the history of American culture, I have become intrigued, and yet greatly disappointed in the way we Christians have failed at making long-range plans, especially when we compare our plans to those guided by the Enemy. I am, specifically, thinking of the major players who initiated, supported, and developed the government-run public schools in the mid-19th Century, and continued for the next 150 years.

I challenge the reader to study any congregation of Christians and find one that is making plans that aim for at least three generations that are to follow. I have heard and read that non-believers who wish to change our nation from its Christian heritage into something else, are satisfied when they make incremental gains, while keeping their focus on the end game of destroying all things Christian.

Long range plans for most pastors and their congregations seem to focus on raising funds for the comfort of the present generation of adult pew sitters, the same people who pay the bills in that congregation, with very little emphasis on providing discipleship training for the second and third generations to follow. The primary goals often focus on the next building construction program, or raising money to pay off the debt incurred during the last building program. And BTW, seldom does it seem to be for building something to train children five days a week to replace the ungodly public school system. If it did, then I would say that qualifies as a long-range plan to disciple children. Homeschooling would be better, but a school operated by a church congregation is a step in the right direction.

 The Christian Establishment is the Problem

 Kevin R. Novak wrote a very interesting book on this subject titled,  Abolition – Overcoming the Christian Establishment on Education. His focus is on abolishing the public schools, because they are not only violate the U.S. Constitution, but for Christians, using public schools for training our children, it violates God’s Law. While many people will likely respond by saying it will be impossible to abolish government schools, Novak makes the point that we should make steps in that direction.   I,  personally, am fascinated more by the sub title, “Overcoming the Christian Establishment on Education.” Notice he did not say political establishment, Democrat establishment, or Republican establishment.  In other words, in my opinion, we need to recognize that our discipleship disaster lies at the feet of those we consider a part of the Christian Establishment (pastors, seminary leaders, and other high profile Christians considered to be leaders.)

One might ask, “What is meant by “Overcoming the Christian Establishment?”  Simple, the Christian Establishment is the No. 1 obstacle to properly educating our youth, and therefore, making them disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have believed this for several years prior to reading Novak’s book a few weeks ago.  What is worse, is the reason why the Christian Establishment (CE) is such an obstacle… my answer, not Novak’s… MONEY.  Trust me, the CE will not admit this because they know what the Bible says about the “love of money.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

Novak makes the point that property owners are taxed (not constitutional) to pay for public schools, and then the people are forced (not constitutional) to send their children to be trained in such a place. Think about that for a moment; is that not what most tyrants usually do?  Check this quote by Adolph Hitler:

“When an opponent declares,  ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.'”

Novak is a trained lawyer, and focuses on the illegal aspects of forcing people to pay taxes to fund schools, and then forces children of these same people to attend these schools.  I agree with what Novak says about the legal aspects, but had not thought about it in that manner before reading his book.  Having said that, the real burr under my saddle is, the cavalier manner in which the CE so easily dismisses the idea that children should be trained by Christians.  The mindset goes something like this, “Private Christian schooling is a fine alternative to public school as long as the parents of the child pay for it.”  And the pastor says, “We will now take an offering so you can give to God” (“Now, that you have been obedient by giving your money to me and my ministry,  go ahead and give your children to Caesar.”)

I respond to the last sentences of the last paragraph  in words like our five-year old granddaughter used when she opened a birthday gift and learned it contained panties.  She said, “That’s disgusting!”

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America’s Greatest Problem – Early Weaning

I’ve never seriously considered early weaning with my flock of sheep; it just seems too unnatural to suit me. Gestation length in sheep is roughly five months, which should theoretically provide the shepherd with twice yearly lambing. But, since sheep are seasonal breeders, about the best any can accomplish is three lamb crops in two years using very specific management practices. Such programs are associated with accelerated lambing; again an unnatural thing for the sheep. It usually involves the acceleration of everything from growing ewe lambs into sexual maturity to heavy grain feeding to maximize lactation in the mother, and grain feeding for growth of the young lamb. Some accelerated lambing practices include hormone and other chemical treatments as well.

These twin ewe lambs will likely stay near their mother long after they quit nursing

These twin ewe lambs will likely stay near their mother long after they quit nursing

Of course this article is not really about how Americans should dismiss the idea of the early weaning of lambs in a sheep flock. No, I am referring to the accelerated way people have lead their lives, and weaned their children in the past half-century or so; it is sooo unnatural. Disagree with me? Fine, if you are not a Christian, BUT if you are a Christian, then get your Bible out, take some down time, if you know any speed other than accelerate, and then study the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy.

            Take a look at the definitions for wean

  1. To accustom (the young of a mammal) to take nourishment other than by suckling.
  2. To detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted: She weaned herself from cigarettes.
  3. To accustom to something from an early age. Often used with on: “The northerners among the refugees … were weaned on harsh weather and infertile soils and are known for their rigorous work ethic” (Lowell Weiss). Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com

For now let’s focus on definition No. 2 – “to detach from that to which one is strongly habituated or devoted.”

Answer this, when does a child become an adult? And this, when should a child become detached from the direct daily influence of parents? The reader and I both know that children become separated several hours each week from the parents long before the child becomes an adult.

 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 –HCSB

Hillbilly translation: Love God with all your heart, soul and strength, and teach the same to your children ALL day long.

Let’s face it, early weaning does not fit Deuteronomy 6. It was bad enough when many of us began school at age six whereby we were weaned from much of our parents’ influence for several hours daily, and now children start to school at about three or four years of age. Okay, I will quit beating around the bush; public (government run) schools for the past 150 years have been the most demonic damaging influence since this nation was formed because families have been early weaning children and subjecting them to this type (government) influence. Just which part of “Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” do we fail to understand? Sorry, but your walk and your children’s walk through the church house doors twice on Sunday and once on Wednesday will not negate the post-weaning syndrome brought on by government schools. Sure, schools cannot be directly blamed for every social ill in our society, but they provide the foundation for the simple reason children spend so much time there each week learning too much from faulty new education guidelines, plus what they learn from their peers about the latest cultural fads that invariably are unholy to say the least.

Post-Weaning Syndrome

For many years Christians have known that once children leave home and go to college, a relatively high percentage of these young adults seem to reject much of their Christian training, and in some cases, these students have accepted Jesus as Savior while at home, but then rejected all things Christian while in college. For a number of years college got all the blame for brain washing kids to reject Christianity.

Then in 2009 Ken Ham published a book called, “Already Gone, Why Your Kids Quit Church.” This book revealed that children internally rejected Christianity, as they knew it, when they were in elementary school. In other words, these children just obediently played along with the church thing while living at home, and then broke loose to join the worldly crowd once they left home. I was fascinated when I read that book soon after it was published.

If there is a single paragraph in this entire article that makes my point, “America’s Greatest Problem – Early Weaning,” the previous paragraph does just that. Let’s look at some key points: 1) children reject Christianity after they leave home, and colleges get most of the blame, however, 2) they really reject it many years earlier, but do not openly express such to their family, 3) this indicates that the parents positive influence, if it was there, did not have a lasting influence. It didn’t even last until they became high school students. Therefore, 4) this implies that some other influence(s) overpowered the influence of family and church. 5) Government run schools provide the predominant influence since the children spend approximately 14,000 hours in school classrooms during a period of 13 years. (6 hours daily x 180-day school year x 13 years)

Please note that the hours spent in formal classroom settings do not take into account the fact that students learn much (of the wrong things, most likely) from their peers on school buses, and at extracurricular activities such as athletic events.

Weaning in my sheep flock

After 34 years I have developed an effective and efficient method of weaning lambs, to cease the period of lactation in the ewe, and give time for lambs to adjust. What I learned is that cessation of lactation of the ewe and nursing by lambs, while important, it is not total weaning. I have witnessed offspring of the ewes following their mother for periods up to two years later, long after nursing has ceased. In other words, a bonding between parent and offspring can last into the adulthood of the latter. There is no doubt in my mind that the adult ewe can influence the lamb long after the mother’s milk is gone, because they follow the mother daily.

No early weaning in the homeschool family

Do you see where I am going with this? Weaning is more than the cessation of lactation. A young child has a second weaning when he leaves the home to start attending school.   I have become a strong advocate of Christian schooling during the past 25 years, and the more time that passes, the more strongly I believe in homeschooling. You see, if a child leaves home to attend a Christian school, he is still early weaned from his parents… not a good idea in my opinion! When a family homeschools, the young child is taught by a family member, usually the mother. Many mothers sacrifice much to school their children at home, and some of those have made the decision to school their children rather than pursue a lucrative professional career in the workplace.

A third weaning is necessary

Why have we so readily accepted early weaning of our children? The short answer is, “The love of stuff and entertainment!” The Bible says the love of money is the root of all evil.  And, of course, stuff and entertainment are bought with money. The long answer is too lengthy to cover in this article, but it involves a number of influences including the feminist movement and the sinister objective of some powerful men to tear apart Christian families by getting the wife/mother out of the home.  Remember, early weaning is not natural, and it does not support the admonition given us in the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy.   Perhaps it is time to let go of the accelerated lifestyle, and follow a more natural path, like the one outlined in the Bible.  The more families who can wean themselves from all the stuff and entertainment of the world, the better chance our children will have to grow up as Jesus did. Look at Luke 2:52.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

One final note, are you aware that Luke 2:52 was the guiding Scripture when America’s 4-H program was first formed? (wisdom = Head, stature = Health, favor with God = Heart, and favor with man = Hands) Most of that history of the 4-H program has been expunged since it is government run, and we can’t offend anyone with the use of a Bible verse, can we?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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