The Greatest Problem Facing The Current Generation

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"And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12).
Raising a family is difficult.  But why is it difficult?  In past generations, it may have been difficult because food was scarce, perhaps during a time period like the Great Depression.  Or maybe it was difficult because dad was away in Europe during World War II.  Or perhaps the greatest difficulty was that mom died during child birth, leaving dad to take care of all the children.

But today, the greatest difficulty facing families is inconvenience.  I know this first-hand.  We have four kids, and I find the messes, the noise, and the general distractions of children to be inconvenient to me.  Even now, as I am trying to type this, my daughter is asking me question after question, distracting me from what I want to do.  She is sticking toys down the middle of our new couch cushions, crawling over our clean pillows, and knocking things on the floor.  And she is trying to tell me that it's raining when it's clearly not.  All of these are inconveniences to me.

A Time to Disobey

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We live in a culture that is increasingly political. Americans are very concerned with who our leaders are and what they are doing. Our citizenry has become obsessed with litigation. We are sue happy. Liberals, specifically, want everyone else to accept and affirm them. But a Big Brother is needed to enforce these lawsuits. So, whether on the side of the prosecution or the defendant, we are obsessed with the government.

But no political candidate ought to be adored or lifted up above God. The one in government office simply ought to perform his God-given duty, and the one underneath him ought to obey. Furthermore, all Christians ought to stand behind conservative and traditional - words I believe are synonymous with true - values because God is truth.

But is there ever a time when a Christian should or even must disobey the government?

Reconciling Diversity

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"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28).

A couple of years ago, I became aware of a Christian school that was instituting a Diversity Committee, partially in response to the recent events of the summer of 2020 (e.g., BLM movement). Red flags immediately flew up in my mind: I know the word "diversity" is catchy today and it seems to signal wisdom - but wait.

Christian Nationalism?

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As best as I can figure, "Christian nationalism" is a term used to inflict guilt upon Christians who believe that God should be central in American politics and social life.

It is no secret that many in our country don't actually like our country. On the contrary, they are trying to destroy it by defaming, defacing, and eradicating references to God, faith, and freedom. American liberalism views those who hold to traditional values and truths as dangerous racists and fascists. These labels (name-calling), like Christian nationalism, are used by liberals to intimidate traditionalists who want America to be like the founding father's intended: a government, though imperfect, that was established by God and exists for God to do justice for all.

The Age of Emotion

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No one at the time in which they are living is able to label their generation for what it is; that's the job of the historians. Historians labeled the age of post-reformation thought the Enlightenment, also known as the "Age of Reason." This was an age when, as a society, human thought transcended all other abilities to determine truth. In many arenas, individual thinking was replacing the long established authority of the Western church in Europe. For example, during this time Charles Darwin promulgated his theory of evolution, using his reason and first-hand observations of the world to create his "logical" theory.

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