Showing posts from December, 2018

Raising Children Godly or Goldly

Making decisions regarding your children is difficult in the best of times, but it is impossible if you have the wrong master.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. What is money? Jesus talks about it as earthly treasure. In other words, it is things that you value that are only valuable on earth.

The meaning of the word master has a few definitions but there is one that is particularly enlightening, "he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding." A master is someone who makes the decisions for another person. In almost all businesses, the ultimate decision maker is not the CEO but the bottom line (i.e. money).  This is expected given the goal of most companies, but when it comes to raising children this should not be the case. The objective of every parent should be to raise godly offspring not profit.
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Children are abusing Children

The Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri, is seeing a disturbing trend of children abusing children. They say that in over half there sexual assault cases the perpetrator is a minor most likely between the ages of 11 and 15 and the victim is a girl between the ages of 4 and 8. As a father of two daughters this scares me!

The above article doesn't say absolutely pornography is the cause of this trend, but they think it plays a role. Unfortunately, I can't wait for a study to come out to make decisions for my children, so I will have to use a little common sense.

Pornography is ubiquitous. 30% of data transferred on the internet is porn. 70% of men and 30% of men women watch porn.

Pornography is violent. A recent study of the top 50 films showed that 88% of the scenes contained physical violence and 49% contained verbal aggression. In these scenes the victim, mostly women, reacted 95% with pleasure or neutrality.

Pornography is reaching children through smart phones. Be…

Get High or be Holy?

On October 17, 2018 Canada became only the second country to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Many Christians will lament this day, but others will use it as a reason to starting using marijuana. What should the Christian response be?

I grew up in a house without any alcohol and in a social context where alcohol was considered bad or sinful. I can't say specifically what I was taught by my parents, but that is the overall impression that I had in my younger days. Anecdotally, I would say that this was the predominate understanding of most people in my generation. Since the Bible does not prohibit alcohol the consequence of this understanding was that many young people only evaluated the moral aspect of drinking alcohol instead of the negative consequences of alcohol use and abuse. In other words, once they discovered that it was not morally wrong they began to drink freely.
Although consuming alcohol may not strictly be against God's command we are cautioned to consume…