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PARENTING SOCIAL DEGENERATION
Sheila Weller, in her book "Saint of Circumstances", reveals the untold story of Alex Kelley, who was convicted of rape in 1996. When Kelley was initially indicted he fled to Europe, spending more than eight years on the run, leading a comfortable lifestyle. Kelley’s lawlessness finally caught up with him, and he was arrested an brought back to the United States. He was later found guilty of rape.
In her book, Weller uncovers a town that seemed to encourage its coddled youth to act above the law: teens left alone to drink themselves into oblivion, kids jeering at local police as they broke up nightly parties, and students ridiculing teachers in the classroom. It came as no surprise to many that when Alex lived overseas as a fugitive from justice, his parents supported him wholeheartedly.
Failing to correct young adults when they break the law or leading them to believe they are the special few who can live above it is malicious parenting. Encouraging them to run from the law is “child abuse.” When families fail at their task of socializing children, a civil society degenerates.
SOURCE: Michael G. Moriarty, The Perfect 10: The Blessings of Following God’s Commandments in a Post Modern World, p. 111
Since the Bible and the Ten Commandments have been taken out of our schools in the last 40+ years, we now have epidemic problems with teen pregnancy and Sexual diseases; epidemic drug and alcoholic problems, and violence in our schools to such an extent that we have never seen in the history of our Nation. SOMETHING HAPPENED IN AMERICA IN 1962: a. When our Courts ruled completely opposite to the Religious Principles our nation had been founded upon in 1962, our society has went into a moral freefall. b. Before 1962 Unwed births to girls ages 10 to 14 were steady and relatively rare. After 1962, the graph shows an increase of 325% ..... c. Sexually-transmitted Diseases to High School students were relatively rare before 1962. Since then STD’s are at epidemic proportions in our kids. d. Violent Crime since 1962 has shot up 995% e. In 1950’s a survey of teachers showed the biggest problem in schools was chewing gum and shooting spit wads. Can you believe it? f. Peter Marshall stated the following about the condition of our nation: i. He sites other indicators which point to the spiritual and moral bankruptcy of Americans: 1. There are two million Americans in prison the largest ever. 2. There are forty five million with Genital Herpes in this country. 3. There are 900,000 cases of HIV Aids in this country. 4. In Americans 10 and older 30% are carrying a sexually transmitted disease. 5. But even these indicators are not as bad as the next one he shared. He noted that 50% of Born Again believers in America do not believe in Absolute truth or in absolute principles of right and wrong. g. The Divorce rate in America since 1962 has steadily risen 111% to where America is leading the World now in divorce. h. The SAT Test as a standard measurement of education achievement for our children was began in 1926 and later standardized in 1941 as the same test we have had up until recently when it had to be ’dumbed down’. The SAT rates were steady up until 1962. Since God and prayer were kicked out of our schools in 1962 and the children were taught they evolved from mud and slime, the SAT scores declined 18 years in a row Unprecedented For the first time in history, the student’s scores were 80 points less then the previous generation of their parents Just recently our ’Educators’ from the NEA had the SAT dumbed down the test because boys and girls in America were scoring so poorly 2. This little bit of analysis shows that taking God out of our lives will cause a moral free for all in society and in the end it will destroy America and its people. The founding fathers knew this and they warned us not to believe the lies of the enemy but to follow the truth a. Here are a series of quotes from the Founding Fathers warning us not to forsake the Bible and its teachings these quotes are form the same website above and from lectures by Peter Marshall on Restoring America: “The very men who WROTE the Constitution admit that this nation and its Judicial System was founded upon the Bible and the Ten Commandments. It was done intentionally to preserve this nation from collapse.” i. James Madison - (4th President of the United States and known as the ’Father of the Constitution’) "We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." ii. John Jay was the first Chief Justice of our Supreme Court and one of the 3 top men in the formation of our Constitution. He said Americans should ’select and prefer Christians as their rulers" When is the last time you heard a Supreme Court Judge say that? iii. To show that this nation was built on the Bible and Christian Principles, listen to what Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not be religionists but by Christians....not on religions but ton the Gospel of Jesus Christ." iv. Listen to what our first President, George Washington, said, "It is impossible to rightly govern....without God and the Bible." v. "Can the Liberties of a Nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God." - Thomas Jefferson vi. "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time." - Thomas Jefferson vii. "Suppose a Nation is some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited....What a Utopia What a Paradise would this Nation be" - John Adams 3. 52 of the 55 Framers of the Constitution were members of the Orthodox Established Churches in the Colonies. A Secularized United States without any reference to God and the Bible whatsoever was the farthest thing from the minds of these men. 4. In New England - 1777 - Because of the War, Bibles from England were cut off. Patrick Allison, Chaplain of Congress, placed before the Body a petition praying for immediate relief. A special Congressional Committee ordered 20,000 Bibles which were imported from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere, into the different parts of the States of the Union. a. These Bibles were to be given to students in school so they could learn using the Bible. 5. The University of Houston was commissioned to do a 10 year study on the Founding Fathers and their writings to see their intentions and if they intended America to be founded on Christian Principles and the Bible or complete separation from religion. They surveyed over 15,000 documents of the Founding Fathers during that 10 year period. They found 3,154 direct quotes from the Founding Fathers themselves. 34% of those direct quotes were from the Bible itself 60% were from men who were directly influenced by the Bible. One example was Blackstone, whose law books were considered the basis upon our Supreme Court and Judiciary System were built, and were the Law Books of Reference for about almost 120 years. Blackstone quoted so many Bible verses in his law books that a law student named FINNEY was saved and became a great evangelist......from reading Blackstone’s Law books So they found that 94 % of the quotes of the founding fathers were either directly or indirectly from the Bible
A little girl came running into the house to her mother, exclaiming: “Mamma, I love you!”
The mother replied: “I am so glad you love me. I have had a hard day, and I am so tired. If you love me so much, will you wash the dishes for me?”
The little girl replied: “I do love you, mother, but not in that way.”
How many there are today who say that they love God, but when Jesus says, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments,” they say in actions, if not in words, “I love you, Lord, but not in that way.”—Unknown
Many of you watch the TV sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In a rerun episode I saw recently Raymond’s brother Robert and his fiancée Amy were having a brunch for Raymond’s family one morning. Unexpectedly Amy’s parents showed up. Her parents are depicted as very conservative, narrow minded Christians. Those of you familiar with the show can imagine the hullabaloo that developed. At one point Amy decided it was time to be honest with her parents about her relationship with Robert. She told them she had been sleeping with Robert and she said, “I’ve decided it isn’t a sin!...
The ultimate violation of the Fifth Commandment is soberly brought to light by nationally known cases of children murdering their parents. One example is the much publicized Eric and Lyle Menendez trials of 1993. The brothers admitted to killing with premeditation both their parents with a shotgun at point-blank range as the parents were eating ice cream and watching television. This is a gross violation of the Fifth Commandment. The greedy duo snuffed out the very source of their own life.
Michael G. Moriarty, The Perfect 10: The Blessings of Following God’s Commandments in a Post Modern World, p. 109
A child given command not to touch a hot stove. That command comes from a loving parent who is concerned for the child. The commandments of God come from a loving, heavenly Father who knows what is in the future and is concerned for His children.
“Because I Said So!” Romans 11:33-36 Key verse(s) 11:“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”
Because I said so! If you are a parent the odds are that it is likely at some time in the course of that career you uttered these words with feeling. “Because I said so!” There is, of course, nothing wrong with a child asking “why.” In fact, I have always encouraged my children to gain a better understanding of things by asking “why.” There are even times when in correction I expect them to ask me why I have done this or that or why they are undergoing this certain punishment. For example, if my son or daughter transgress a curfew, I want them to know why it is that there is a punishment for this sort of error. In so doing a parent has a double opportunity to both enforce the law and give the child a better understanding of the nature of the law at the same time. In that hope we as parents are always encouraged that the next time the temptation occurs, the memory of the first transgression will blunt the second temptation.
The word and command of a parent are very important tools in raising a child. Our word, first and foremost, is what we guide our children by. If I say “don’t do that because,” my word has revealed a signpost for my son or daughter. It is implanted in their consciousness so that whenever they arrive at the action which prompted the word in the first place, they know how to act. In that respect, my word needs revealing to them. It is important that they understand it and, therefore, important that they pose questions to it to better comprehend it.
There are also the more serious matters of command. “You must do the dishes now!” As much as a child hates to hear it, commands are a part of what parenting is all about. Although we need employ these more sparingly and with much aforethought than our word, commands have their place and, once again, I expect my children to know the “why’s” of the command. Doing the dishes is important because it infringes on others and their freedom to expect a clean counter upon which to cook or a clean dish upon which to eat.
But there is another, a third aspect of instruction, that is much more mysterious than word and command; and that is the will of a parent. This is the characteristic of parenthood that most teenagers chafe at and long to understand but cannot. The reason they cannot understand it is because a parent can’t really explain it. “Just because” is sufficient for the moment. Now this might sound arrogant and overarching on the part of the parent, but it is as much a part of our imparted nature as is our word and command. God gives every ...