Good question, Brother Frank. I heard a missionary explain once that what drives a lot of these attacks are fear. If the whole village doesn't stay loyal to whatever idol, there is a lot of fear that bad things will start to happen. So if a handful come to saving faith in Christ, the whole village isn't loyal anymore. Those who left idolatry must be brought back or else. It's a sad situation.
Re: "social emotional class," we recently started high school in our homeschool. The goal is to get homeschooled children the right amount of credits in the right subjects. It's a bit of a puzzle. Not entirely sure how this class would fit. We're too busy doing math, English, history & science.
Re class size, this will be the generation that either figured it out on their own or failed miserably (key point - failure is always blamed on others today). With the exception of the relative handful of homeschoolers and Christian schooled children being the exception, my sense is that most who are public schooled will fail.
Unlike the Cancel Culture which cannot stand any voice except its own, I appreciate how SA has handled Jim. They have limited his posts when he goes too far afield in his agenda. But otherwise, they have permitted him to speak freely on their servers. Big Tech would have cancelled us by now. SA has shown grace. In doing so, they have reflected the grace that the Lord has shown them, and us who believe. My Hope is that Jim doesn't mistake grace for slackness in the same manner as 2 Peter 3. Judgement is coming. Kiss the Son now while He is but a little angry. Make peace thru Him then fall in behind Him as your Lord and Savior.
Been there, Brother Frank. Yes, chaplains have been handcuffed and not permitted to do their jobs. Good ones have been cashiered. I've had my own run ins. I've also met some chaplains who were attempting to preach and teach Christ and seemed to be tolerated. They were also fairly junior.
But you are so right about the nature of this world. You are also very right about what our forebears in the faith went thru. Compared with what I've faced, no comparison.
It's a hard time, Brother Frank, and I believe you have captured the tension well...maintaining employment while maintaining a Christian testimony (what Old English calls "conversation"). I have also had to be less overt in my testimony when I was on active duty. But, Christians can still shine thru in their conduct, adherence to the highest values, treatment of others, and work ethic. I found that the typical stereotype was true: the guy with all the Christian paraphenailia on his desk was one of the worst employees.
Instead of waving about our "label" like those of the LGBT crowd, we should be living what we say we believe. It's a whole lot more effective as a witness (1 Peter 4). And if we don't do what we say is true, doesn't it then expose ourselves as frauds (Romans 7 notwithstanding)?
Our brethren in China are living this now in a more extreme way. We here in the US are only starting to feel the pressure.
The CCP and particularly Xi are on a tear thru Chinese society which was permitted to have more personal freedom. What is happening in Western China, away from borders where info might leak, is troubling. But these Cultural Revolution 2.0 tactics are easily exportable anywhere in the nation, incl HK. Christians are in the crosshairs.
Unfortunately, the CCP and Maoists have exported the Cultural Revolution to our shores. It takes the form of Critical Race Theory and "social justice" but it's the same. And notice how the attention has to be shifted to the Russians. While Putin & Co. is not a trustworthy entity, they represent a different kind of threat and not as serious as the CCP.
It is a very difficult situation, Brother Frank, for our brothers and sisters who work in public schools. We need to pray for our Brother Wayfarer, for instance. I have heard that some school districts are better than others. We homeschool, so that's all beyond our personal knowledge.
I am grateful for AG Barr and for his stance against unconstitutional government intrusion. There have been too many AGs in the past who have done everything in their power to abuse citizens and their rights, including in the BHO Administration.
Romans 13 is as much a guide for the purpose of government as it is to us for how to deal with government.
Let the wicked make all the faces they want. The Lord holds them in derision. Psalm 2 applies.
The American experiment in Federal governance included checks and balances as well as a balance of power. Whether Cuomo can successfully sue on Congressional intent for discressionary spending is questionable.
The problem that the Trump Administration is confronting is not merely a law-and-ordet issue. It is local (and state) support for a Marxist uprising.
Heard this from a pulpit on Sunday - there is another tension, one between Romans 13 and Revelation 13. When the State begins to punish good as evil while upholding evil as good, the State becomes a beast that persecutes. How much of this do we see in Democratic states and cities?
There is always a day of reckoning. Those measures implemented or actions taken while "in crisis" will be fully examined on a calmer day. I saw this in Federal government years ago. It is a picture of the coming judgment of this world. Now is the time to make peace with the Son. Psalm 2 applies.
You have a good point, Brother Frank. But behind the scenes is a darker picture. The nation has been turned over to our sins. The Lord hasn't raised up another solid Christian leader in quite a while. But yet He has...the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks, Brother Frank. The man who led me to accept Christ is defrocked, and the church he pastored dried up and blew away. Can't argue against anything that has been posted below. I'm just glad that someone, even as misguided as they appear, has the courage to stand up and do something like this man.
I can't tell you how many apps offend me and make me uncomfortable, in part because I don't know anything about them and assume their existance. They seem to proliferate. But a Bible app must be banned?
I can imagine that this Pope is creating more and more angst within conservative circles, but those who point to the Anti-Christ will be proven correct. The man of sin from Daniel will arise and the RCC will have been complicit.
How's your family and your situation, Brother Tim? Another tropical system is en route and seemed like you had many family members in the hospital. Everyone on the mend. Still praying.