I recently heard the song Drivers Education by Ray Stevens it is a funny little song with an important message.
In the song, a man takes his son out into the country to teach him how to drive. As he is about to hand his son the keys he tells him that there are some things that he needs to know. The son replies that he knows everything that he needs to know, and has been watching his dad for years. The son goes on to list the things that his dad has been doing that he should not have been doing like speeding, slowing down instead of stopping,… and then ask if it is OK for him to use the words he uses now that he is driving. The father is so embarrassed by all the things that his son has caught him doing that he decides to hire someone to teach his son to drive.
As parents, myself included we all are a bit hypocritical at times. We sometimes say words that would make us flip out if our kids said them, we use our spare time to watch TV, while we are telling our kids that they should be reading. You are the most important teacher that your child has, even if you don’t realize it, but there is a catch. They listen to their school teachers, they don’t listen to you half as often as they WATCH you! What you do matters twice as much as what you say. When you eat junk food they learn to eat junk food, when you speed in your car, they learn to speed, when they never see you look at a book, they learn that reading isn’t important, if they never see you pray, they will not pray either. Be the person that you want your kid to be, because when they grow up they won’t admit it, but they will be just like you.
You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
A disclaimer, almost all groups in world history have been guilty of the crimes this article is referring to in one way or another, while some people groups are mentioned in this article, it isn’t really about them, it is about human nature, and learning from history. I have lived in Germany, and in a Muslim country, I don’t hate the people, I hate certain acts.
A few weeks ago I watched a video of a woman who made an interesting point. She mentioned most of the mass murders during the 20th century that took place on an almost genocidal level, most infamously the Nazis. She said that most of the Germans were nice people, but they were irrelevant. You see even though they were against what the Hitler regime was doing, most of them stayed at home, and minded their own business, not wanting to judge anyone. Almost all of them had to know of at least someone who had disappeared, Hitler didn’t just kill Jews (although he killed more of them than any other people group) he also killed; the infirmed of all races, people of African dissent, Gypsies, homosexuals, Polish people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholic Priest, Christian Pastors, and anyone who resisted the Nazi ideology. Unless they were a hermit they all had to know that something fishy was going on, but few did anything.
Yes, I know that they were scared, so were some of my heroes who risked their lives, and some even lost theirs doing what they could do. Some smuggled Jewish babies to safety, some wrote and distributed pamphlets, and some spoke out from the pulpit. Some did what had to be done despite their fear. Those who knew what was going on and did nothing were accomplices to the crimes of Hitler.
While I do not think that their ever existed a tyrant that was more well known then Hitler, many cultures are guilty of having people sit back and watch while terrible things occurred. It is happening again. I used to live in Turkey, so I know that nice Muslims exist, those who would not hurt a fly, but I also know of Muslims rioting over a cartoon, the World Trade Center, Benghazi, woman being killed because they were raped, which counted as adultery in the eyes of their killers, Christians including young children getting murdered….Where are the nice Muslims when this garbage happens? It is very rare that I hear of any of those speaking out against the crimes done in Allah’s name. It certainly doesn’t help matters any that our media, and the rest of the liberal elite try to disguise, and water down these crimes.
Our world is falling apart on many fronts, but we have immaterial weapons at our disposal; our prayer, our well informed minds, and our words. If those weapons are developed and used there is still hope. We MUST become relevant!
In college I fell in love with apologetics. My mind was opened to the intellectual credibility that the Christian faith has, and I was blown away. Yet the ability to communicate these truths takes time. All Christians are called to be ready to give and answer for the hope they have (1 Peter 3:15), so here are seven tips I can offer to improve your apologetic prowess.
- Read Your Bible Daily – There is no substitute for knowing and loving God’s Word. The more you are in it the more you will be changed by it and be able to use it in real life situations. Remember that apologetics is about communicating God’s truth, not our own ideas, so get to know what He has said! God’s Word is able to penetrate the heart of every conversation, remember Heb. 4:12.
- Find Good Resources – A quick google search…
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In a perfect world I would dearly love it if Christianity was taught in Public Schools, but whose? Jehovah’s Witnesses, LDS, Protestants, Catholic.. all believe that they are the truest form of Christianity. And because of the way our constitution is written we would not only have to make room for all brands of “Christianity” but we would have to make room for all other religions as well. I think a much better solution would be for the school system to hand out vouchers and let the parents of the kids choose. So the parents would be endorsing religion, and not the state. Even so our schools should start teaching philosophy again. Teach kids clear thinking and they will be able to figure out what is truth, and what is a lie much easier. Which is a much better method of education teaching them what to think like they are doing now.
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Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.