I want to share with you some very alarming trends that once again calls for us all to pray for our nation. Case in point #1 I read an article (found here…) the other day that tells me something intuitively that I already knew. People in America are growing more and more “non-religious.” The Associated Press reports:
For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.
The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees. Among the reasons for the change are the growth in nondenominational Christians who can no longer be categorized as Protestant, and a spike in the number of American adults who say they have no religion.
The Pew study, released Tuesday, found that about 20 percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15 percent in the last five years.
Here’s what’s really scary. The growth among those who say they have no religious affiliation has been most notable among people who are 18 to 29 years old. According to the poll, 34% of “younger millennials” – those born between 1990 and 1994 – have no religion. Among “older millennials,” born between 1981 and 1989, 30% are religiously unaffiliated: 4 percentage points higher than in 2007. It shouldn’t surprise us that those 18-29 were also more likely to identify themselves as atheist or agnostic. At this rate, in the next 50 years the majority of Americans will be pagan.
Thus (case in point #2) we should not be surprise that in California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill recently banning counselors in the state from helping minors with unwanted same-sex attractions. In other words, counselors can’t tell a young adult under the age of 18 years of age who says they might be gay, that it’s wrong or try to dissuade them from moving toward a homosexual lifestyle. Those counselors who do could lose their license to practice. (Full article found here.) The article states:
David Pickup, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, told CitizenLink the “egregious” bill “is abusive and damaging to minors.” “What am I supposed to tell a kid who’s crying in my office that says he’s been sexually abused before in his life and he wants help to resolve those causes of homosexuality?” Pickup said. “I have to tell him, ‘No, sorry, I can’t help you.’ ”
Thankfully, at least one organization now is filing a lawsuit to block the legislation in court.
Ready for another “sign of the time” (case in point #3)…another alarming trend? In Delaware, you can no longer spank your child. Under the new law, a parent causing “physical injury” (e.g., pain) to a child
under age 18 would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and subject to one year in prison. A parent causing pain to a child who was 3 years of age or younger would be guilty of a class G felony and subject to two years in prison. The full article can be found here…
Now please don’t get me wrong. I’m 100% in favor of never hurting, injuring or causing harm to a child. But, please! The Bible is clear on this matter. God’s word says:
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. Proverbs 13:24
The word rod is NOT timeout, lost privileges or counting to 10. The “rod” is the Hebrew word “shebet,” and it means “small twig or branch.” Obviously you can’t hurt or damage a child with a small twig. Yet a twig on the buttocks can cause discomfort and thus create a way for the child to understand that he has crossed the line into blatant disobedience.
Proverbs 22:15 says: Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him. And Proverbs 23:13 says, “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.” Proverbs 29:15 says, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”
The writer of Hebrews says:
5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?…6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Dear reader, do you think our nation is better off since we’ve abandoned the switch for “time-out?” Dr. Spock
started telling my parent’s generation that they shouldn’t spank and doctors started believing it and telling my generation that we should “never” spank. I remember after we took Katy for a physical when she was about 8 or 9 years old, He said, “You should never EVER spank a child.”
Well, I understand that there are folks out there who abuse children, but because of these few, we now are being told and thus believe we should abandon a time-tested Scriptural premise that’s been used for hundreds of years. So, we’ve abandoned the timeless, divinely inspired Word of God, because somehow I guess we think we are now smarter than God. We actually think we know better than God. I guess we believe we are more sophisticated and intelligent and thus, we have discarded His Word as archaic and “out of date.”
Now I will tell you that I seldom spanked or currently spank my children. We use a small, thin, wooden spoon to do so and we only use it when there has been an absolute blatant disregard for what they’ve been told and the disobedience is totally out of line. In fact, I can’t tell you when the last time I had to “use the spoon.” Just the mention of it seems to do the trick in our home. When I’ve had to use the spoon, I do so when I’m not angry and I only use 2 or 3 small little strokes. Does it sting or “smart?” Yes. But, injure? Absolutely not. Not even close. But, there is enough of a mild discomfort to be reminded that what was done was egregious.
I often say this, but God is not dumb and He stands outside of time and His Word is just as applicable for today as it was thousands of years ago. He knows what He wanted done to raise godly children. If you believe otherwise, then you have bought into evolutionary thinking that says we are now “more evolved” and smarter than God. That’s dangerous ground. And I will say this…if you trust the Word of God and the following of its principles for the very salvation of your soul, but you won’t follow the principles outlined in Scripture to discipline and raise your children, then you are being short-sited and duped by the Enemy.
Well…now for some good news. I was privileged to be at Olivet Baptist Church in Catawba, NC this week for Revival. What a wonderful time we had!!
It’s a wonderful church with a wonderful Pastor, Matt Rummage…
Matt’s wife, April leads the choir. I love the fact that children get to sing in the “adult” choir. Boy, they’ve got great smiles!
Katy and Kandace and the rest of the family came with me Tuesday night and they sung and played…
The good folks at Olivet would have to say if they were “revived” or not. But, I know this… I was encouraged by being there with them. They sent we off last night with a goody basket with homemade cookies and other goodies as well as the knowledge that I have some fantastic Christian brothers and sisters in the Catawba community! God bless you all!
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