Tonight is a big night… In just a little while, President Obama will address the nation about going to war with Syria. We need to continue to lift up our President and our nation.
In the light, I saw this past Saturday and heard rumors the President my “go to the people” to see if he could plead his case and win approval in Congress to strike Syria. So, I went to my computer at 3:15 pm this past Saturday afternoon and I pulled off the headlines at exactly the same time for CNN and Fox News. They are probably the top two news websites on the net.
CNN is typically left or leans to the liberal side of things, while Fox News is typically very conservative or leaning to the right. See if you can tell this by the headlines. Here’s CNN…
CNN 3:15 pm Saturday, Sept 7, 2013
Here’s the Fox News headlines…
- President Obama returns to Washington after the G-20 Summit in Russia and acknowledges deep challenges in trying to win Americans’ support for military action in Syria before his speech next week.
- Obama Left G-20 Summit With Limited Support on Syria
- Putin: Russia Will Continue Helping Syria
- OPINION: Thanks to Putin, US Strike Won’t Cripple Syria’s Assad for Long
See the difference?
CNN… “The Shocking Videos…” and “…Evidence for Intervention.”
Fox News… “Full-Court Press to Sell Syria to War-Weary Public.”
Can you see the “lean?” Can your children see the lean? I grow weary of the fact that some many Americans can no longer think for themselves. They believe what they are told or what they hear or what they read on the internet. Yet, I believe the Lord gave us a brain to think, not just to be entertained. Do you see the agendas that are before you? I do. Can you find the truth?
I continue to try to teach my children to look at the headlines and think for themselves. Hey mom and dad, do your children know what’s going on in Syria? Do they know what’s going on with our economy? I really believe we must make a concerted effort to teach and train our children to look, listen and learn when it comes to what’s happening in the world. So, I make my kids watch the news. Yes, you heard that right. I make them watch the news. They watch the NBC Nightly News (very liberal) and they watch Bill O’Reilly (moderate to conservative). Do we do this every night? Are you kidding? Who’s got the time? But, I do try to get them in front of the news at least a couple of times per week. I want them to know more about what’s going on than just what’s happening in Hollywood or pop culture. I want them to be well-informed.
As I’ve mentioned before, we have a subscription to World Magazine. It’s excellent and it’s been very beneficial. I highly recommend it. It’s the news from a Christian angle. But, please understand me. I WANT my kids to hear the news from the liberals as well. Why? Because they will take what they are hearing and being taught from the Word of God and be able to juxtapose it with what they are hearing from this outlandish “news” outlets. In fact, I would tell you that most newspapers and new outlets DO NOT report the news anymore. They are nothing more than souped-up TMZ shows with all the news about Miley Cyrus and her latest antics. Since when is that newsworthy? Since when does Hollywood have a role to play in the news? Well, I guess “since when” we as a nation became so entertainment saturated. We have an insatiable appetite to be entertained. I think it helps us to bury our heads in the sand and escape for a while. So sad.
Speaking of watching stuff. The gadgets are everywhere. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. But, it’s how we use them (or how they are using us that concerns me :)). I’m honestly concerned about how much time our kids spend on those things. We’ve got to stay diligent about making sure that productive things are happening in our kids lives versus just “watching or playing” with screens. I think a good tradeoff is for every 30 minutes of screen time, there should be 30 minutes of reading. I promise you that reading will do our kids better than playing Angry Birds. 🙂
By the way, regarding “screen time,” do you want to know what I heard on Focus on the Family a couple of weeks ago on August 27 and 28 (listen to broadcasts here…)? The two-day series was called: “The Demise of Guys.” During the broadcasts, Jim Daly said one of the top problems in young marriages now is how much the young men are addicted to video games. In fact, Daly’s guests, counselors Arch Hart and Sylvia Hart Frejd talked about the impact technology is having on everyday family life. They said that in South Korea and Singapore there are now “Gaming Recovery Centers.” Can you believe that? Amazing!
What’s happening is that our sons are playing so many video games as teens that they carry this as an addiction into their 20’s and by their late 20’s and early 30’s (when the get married) into their married lives. Do you know what happens? They go to work, come home, eat and then get online with a “game-buddy.” It’s rampant.
The counselors shared how addictive gaming is and often our young men are addicted to pornography at a similar rate. They get to the point that they can’t function without their games and digital gadgets. It was intriguing to learn about how there is a hormone in our body called oxytocin. Gaming, gambling and porn release it at high levels. Here’s the problem. These young men then have no desire for their bride. They can’t experience pleasure in marriage. In other words, the “need for intimacy” is just not there. They work, eat and “game.” These teens and 20-somethings also find it difficult to relate to God and have spiritual intimacy with Christ. They often say that they don’t “feel connected” to God and there is a lack of joy in their lives. They bounce up and down emotionally like a yo-yo. 1 in 4 teens who “game” frequently say they are depressed.