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Summary: Your wallet reveals what is important in your life. What is in your wallet?

What’s In Your Wallet?

Part 2 – Protect Your Nest!

What’s in your wallet? I mentioned last week that a wallet is more than just an accessory or fashion statement. Because in them you discover what is most important or dear to a person. We tend to put our most valuable things in our wallet. So as promised I revealed to you the contents of my wallet.

And if you will remember you found out that other than being a red neck you can basically boil the contents and my life down to two areas – family and finances.

How many of you stuffed you wallet with all kinds of items just in case I was handing out money again today? See if you will remember I talked about Monty Hall and Let’s Make a Deal last week. I made a statement to you that there is still a Monty Hall alive today. He is our enemy. I mentioned that he is attempting to get us to accept the unacceptable. I want to focus in on that statement this morning as we begin to look at our families.

I don’t think you would have a hard time believing this statement or even agreeing with this statement, but just in case you have realized it there is an out and out attack, assault, and war being waged on the family. The Monty Hall of our day wants us to get to the place where we will accept what is unacceptable in God’s eyes and plan. Monty Hall is trying to convince us that it is normal and acceptable for a family to be made up of two moms or two dads. That is normal for children to experiment sexually and chemically. That it is normal for parents to idiots and the children to be in control. That it is normal and acceptable for parents to provide the condoms and purchase the alcohol for the party. Just flip on the TV and every sitcom, cartoon, and reality show will boldly preach these messages to you.

Families are under attack. Monty Hall is on a campaign to redefine family until we no longer accept God’s idea which according to Genesis was that a man would leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and that they would be fruitful and multiply. Proven again by the fact that He created Adam and

Eve not Adam and Steve.

One man said this, “Those antifamily images have become so deeply ingrained in our national consciousness that few Americans can summon the courage or the strength to dismiss them as the destructive distortions that they are."

The family is under attack.

Linda Gordon, a radical feminist writer, announced, ’The nuclear family must be destroyed, and people must find better ways of living together...Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break—up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process. Families have supported oppression by separating people into small, isolated units, unable to join together to fight for common interests.’

The family is under attack!

Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey’s 1997 Oxford Amnesty Lecture, “Parents have no god-given license to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith.”

Atheist Richard Dawkins has decried “bringing up children to believe manifest falsehoods,” like the existence of God. “How much do we regard children as being the property of their parents?” “Should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children? Is there something to be said for society stepping in?”

It is time for us to rise up and protect our nest!

There was a hunter on a hunting expedition in the Amazon. It was the last day of the trip. He rose early in the morning to enjoy one more day in the jungle. As he was watching the sun rise, he noticed a family of large birds. The mother bird is tending to the baby birds while the father flies from place to place retrieving food for his hungry family. While watching this scene, out of the corner of his eye the hunter catches movement on an adjoining branch to the bird’s nest. He looks closely and realizes that the movement is a very poisonous snake slowly making his way towards the mother bird and the babies anticipating an easy meal. About the same time the father bird drops food of to the nest and spots the snake. In panic the father bird quickly flies away. The hunter is disappointed thinking that the father bird has abandoned his family to a sure and certain death. As the hunter watches the father birds retreat he sees the bird begin to land on one tree for a few seconds only to fly to another tree and leave. This is repeated over and over until the father bird finally lands on a small bush and then the bird breaks off a leafy twig from the bush and rushes back to the nest. The serpent is dangerously close. The father bird places the leaves over the front edge of the nest closet to the snake and then he retreats to a nearby branch to watch. The serpent draws within striking range. He forms the deadly “s” and launches himself in deadly arc towards the baby birds. However, when the snake is moving forward it touches the leaf and instantly recoils as if in pain and falls out of the tree. The hunter raises his rifle and shoots the snake. He picked up the snake and then he gets a twig off the bush the bird used and he takes it back to the village where he is staying. He shows the snake and the leaves to the villagers. He says, “I don’t understand why the snake pulled back.” The villagers explained that the leaf that the father bird chose was from the only bush in the jungle that is poisonous to the snake. The father bird new how to protect his nest.

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