Christian Parenting 1: Americans are Parents?


We Americans have problems--and these problems go way back.




And now we are parents???
What can one expect in and from such a crew?
And what do we see across the land and in rising generations?

Failure.

American upbringing practically ensures the inability to parent properly, and each generation grows worse.
We were doomed to failure before we were ever born.
The engine would get us, each one.
Any partial escapees are incredibly fortunate--and so are their children. Our marriages fail (high divorce rates); we are on anti-depressants; our children are mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and physically sick and obese; we are idle, cooped up with electronics and food; we believe the lies that were taught to us (like evolution)--many are deluded and deceived, etc.



BEFORE

Our families used to be good and sound. Bible precepts in hand we were free. Good people are not distracted by a multitude of sins and do not need a big government. They are self-governed before God and free. Not all of our forefathers were Christians, but our society has been largely based on basic principles found in the Bible. That is how we became great in short order.

"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodius harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." (Alexis De Toqueville, a French philosopher who came and visited America in those earlier days)
Orestes A. Brownson, convert to Catholicism, radical abolitionist and anti-Protestant wrote in 1850 of Protestant culture--
"Nothing is more characteristic of Protestantism than its influence in promoting civil and religious liberty. Under its reign all forms of governments verge towards the democratic. 'The king and the church' are exchanged for the 'constitution and the people.' Liberty, not order, is the word that wakes the dead, and electrifies the masses. A social science is created, and the physical well being of the humblest laborer is cared for, and made a subject of deliberation in the councils of nations.

"Industry has received in Protestant countries it[s] grandest development. Since the time of Luther, it has been performing one continued series of miracles. Every corner of the globe is explored; the most distant and perilous seas are navigated; manufactures, villages and cities spring up as by enchantment; canal and railroads are crossing the country in every direction; the means of production, the comforts, conveniences, and luxuries of life are multiplied to such an extent hardly safe to relate. Such, in its most general aspect, in its dominant tendency, is Protestantism. The Works of Orestes A. Brownson, Henry F. Brown, (Detroit: Henry F. Brown, 1900) Vol. IV, p. 23 (Taken from Eric J. Phelps' Con con (464))

AFTER


CONSIDERATIONS...

For all of our enervating/weakening years in school, we Americans do not learn about our true and powerful heritage--neither do we examine the warning words of Charles Chiniquy, William Hogan, Bernard Fresenborg, M.F. Cusak, Samuel Breese Morse, and many others who warned us of impending dangers to our institutions from Rome--including our prized public schools). I went through the system and now, as an educator have examined some of its modern materials. Our amazing heritage is put down and any other one is raised up (witness the book, Evidence of Bias). We Americans are reared with the "America is the melting pot" philosophy; that does not bother us, all have been welcomed. But with a little more awareness, one can see the exaltation of other countries and the putting down of our own history and beliefs. When I was in school, I learned the term, W.A.S.P. (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant). I do not remember in what context I learned it, but if the teacher and the students alike had been full of our country's great history (and the history, decrees, and fulminations of Rome), I am sure that the term would have been brought up in a different way, if at all--and would have probably just sounded like sour grapes on knowing ears.

Somehow Dick and Jane and ball and stick letters made their way into our school system. From experience (mine and others), I know that children can read as babies, but in the American school system today , some make it all the way out of school without being able to read. Those long wasted years, wasting people.

What if the school system had used, as textbooks, the warning words of a Samuel Breese Morse, a Chiniquy, a Fresenborg, etc.? What if the school system had regularly examined the mind of Rome as published in papal encyclicals, newspapers, etc.? What if American church people had ignored the sensational as found in the puerile (boyish, childish) and scandalous newspapers that cropped up in the 1800s? Perhaps the reader does not think that newspapers were bad back then. The following excerpt is from the memoirs of a Mrs. Zilpha Elaw (1846)--

"Love not the world; for the love of God is not in those who love the world. Look deep into the principles which form the under current, regardless of the artificial surface-polish of society....Take heed what you read: as a tree of knowledge, both of good and evil, is the press; it ofttimes teems with rabid poisons, putting darkness for light, and light for darkness; extolling earthly grandeur and honour, spurious valour and heroism; fixing reputation and character on a false basis; and frequently appearing as the panegyrist of the rankest principles, and the basest vices. Above all, shun and infidel, obscene or disloyal newspaper press, which is the scavenger of slander, and the harlequin of character; the masquerade of morals, and the burlesque of religion; the proteus of sentiment, and the dictionary of licentiousness; the seminary of libertines, and the hot-bed of sedition. Defile not your eyes with the sight of its columns, nor your heart with its proximity. Remember that you are called to be saints, not politicians and newsmongers. Give your cordial preference, therefore, to the Holy Scriptures; carefully read study, and digest them, especially the title-deeds of the Christian covenant. Endeavour, as far as in you lies, to do the will of God on earth, as it is done in heaven. Imbibe the sentiments and spirit, the temper, disposition and manner of Christ Jesus, your inestimable patter. Cautiously, diligently, and habitually observe and obey the directs and statutes of Christ and his apostles, that your foundation may be built not upon the sand of current traditions and prejudices, put upon the prophets and apostles, Christ Jesus being the chief cornerstone [Eph. 2:20], and that you may become His true and finished disciples, perfect and entire, lacking nothing, but complete in all the will of God. (Memoirs of the Life, Religious Experience, Ministerial Travels and Labours of Mrs. Zilpha Elaw, An American Female of Colour; Together with Some Account of the Great Religious Revivals in America [Written by Herself], 1846; as found in Sisters of the Spirit: Three Black Women's Autobiographies of the Nineteenth Century, edited with an introduction by William L. Andrews, p. 52)

Looking back at the 1800s, one finds warnings and rebukes of the church at that time. In reading them, seems that many church men sat in fancied security that the American church would continue as it was. And what was the church like in America? It seems that it was not simply devoted to Biblical worship. It seems that it became a place for social gatherings (which is what we see today). What if church people had focused on God's word and the nature of the times instead of church social activities? Would it not have been strong and stayed strong? The world is going to be the world, but the church of the living God is the pillar and ground of the truth. But nowadays we don't often hear up-to-date, precise, deep truth in these churches on the corner, just generalities and milk (Hebrews 5:11-6:3 forbids this). It seems like this has been the case for a long time. Nowadays the sermons sound much like a pep talks preached by novices who tack on an "invitation" at the end.

A VALLEY OF DRY BONES, FOR NOW

What do we do now in this valley of dry bones? Can not these dry bones live? Will they live? The Bible teaches us that yes, they will live. They that know their God SHALL be strong and do exploits and they that understand among the people SHALL instruct many (Daniel 11:32-33). Daniel also teaches us that many shall be purified, and made white, and tried (Daniel 12:10). Yes, these dry bones can live. Not only can they live they SHALL live.


[7-29-2014]