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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Listed below are titles of some of the chapters.

God’s Instruction in the Old Testament

God’s Instruction in the New Testament

Why the Information Age May be the Most Critical Age in History

Factors Affecting Father/Son Relationships Since the Time of Moses

The Urban Living Factor

The Government School Factor

The Industrial Revolution Factor

The Training to Work Factor

The Entertainment Factor

The Celebrity Idols Factor

The Time and Space Factor

The Pigeon Religion Factor

The College Factor

The Couch Potato Factor

The Sinister Factor


NOTE: The book will be published on this web site in “segments” beginning with “Segment A,” and continuing with, B, C, D, etc., each published one week after the last segment. A segment will  usually cover multiple chapters, and be normally be more than 2000 words in length.  The book is short, less than 100 pages, and hard copies will be available at a later date…DR

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