PARENTAL RIGHTS

Do you believe that the Maryland courts have now ruled “that the right of parents to control their children’s upbringing “is not absolute” and “must bend to the state’s duty to educate its citizens.””  Read the article here.  At this point I would have to suggest that the people of Maryland withdraw their children from the public school system.  Homeshooling and private schools would be the only option for anyone who cares about the education of their children.

Do the public school systems have the right to indoctrinate our children?  What should the mission of the school systems be?  In a time when we have so many kids graduating from high school without being able to read, write, and do math on grade level shouldn’t the schools systems begin to refocus on the basics…reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver says “state and local boards of education should be operating under dictates and parameters set up by parents — not undermining parents’ values, as is the case in Montgomery County [Maryland]. He argues that every state in the country should have statutory protections that recognize the role of parents in the education and well-being of their children.”  If only this were the case but it is a goal to be worked toward.  If you are in Maryland, you have a battle on your hands.  If you are anywhere else, the battle is coming…be prepared.

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CONSIDER YOUR WAYS

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.” (Haggai 1:7 ESV)

There is much in this simple command. This was written to the people of Judah who had return from the Babylonian captivity. They had neglected the commands of God to rebuild the temple. They had begun to put their desires above God’s commands. As a result, God had not blessed them.

In this simple command is an implied command to change our ways. God would not need to tell us to “consider our ways” if our ways were in line with His. I believe that today we also need to “consider our ways”. How are we living…in agreement with His will or not in agreement with His will?

Since there is the implied command to change our ways, what is stopping us from making the changes in our lives? First, we often do not put God in the position that He demands and deserves as Lord of our lives. Second, we tend to withhold parts of ourselves from Him. We say “God, you can be Lord of everything except this part of my life.” God is not interested in sharing His rightful Lordship. Third, we are afraid God will “cramp our style”. God will get in the way of our fun. Sin is fun…for a while, that is why we do it.

What would our lives be like if we actually made the changes God wanted us to make? What if we truly let Him be Lord? What would our world be like? Heaven…….