WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?

Where Have All the Flowers Gone” is a modern folk-style song done by Peter, Paul and Mary. Pete Seeger wrote the melody and the first three verses in 1955, while Joe Hickerson added additional verses and turned it into a circular song in May 1960. Its rhetorical “where?” and its meditation on death place the song in the ubi sunt tradition.

Ubi sunt (literally “where are… [They]”) is a phrase taken from the Latin Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt?, meaning, “Where are those who were before us?” Ubi nunc…? (“Where now?”) is a common variant.

Memento mori is also a Latin phrase for “remember that you have to die.” The phrase embodied the theory and practice of reflection on mortality, and was especially considered to be a means of pondering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. The philosophy was a means of perfecting the character by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

Based on these thoughts, one should ask the question: Where have all our children gone? Reading the news today is such a depressing exercise. Day after day accounts of missing, exploited or murdered teens fill the pages of our media. Yet it seems parents can do nothing to stop the trend—not even microchip them for locating their dead bodies.

Early in our marriage, my husband and I determined never to allow our sons or daughters to sleep away from home as they were growing up. The whole world was starting to turn to wickedness in so many areas. A recent news article, “The Exploitation of America’s Children,” proves that our concerns were not unfounded. Even the formerly respected National Geographic magazine has joined the ranks of those who would steal kids’ bodies and souls.

I’m not surprised at what is happening to our nation’s young people, or at the evil permeating high places. Because of pedophilia, lots of money exchanges hands. Back in the 1980’s the NAMBLA said they were coming after America’s children, and they have continued their agenda with fervor.

I had not heard of this group until recently, but by reading the above article I can feel the militancy of their sinister plan. About the same time period a Harvard Professor reportedly said, “Children can and do give consent; therefore, the adults who seduce them should not be punished.”

Sickening deluded souls! There is the ever-present conspiracy of silence in so many areas now. While the world seems to be looking the other way, pretending not to notice, the evil forces lure our children toward hell.

Who would doubt that some online games are also part of the takeover of our children? W.H.O. SEEKS TO CLASSIFY GAMING DISORDER AS MENTAL ILLNESS. And if no other evil outcome surfaced because of unlimited games, what character traits are being instilled in the compulsive gamers? Children count on “unconditional love” making it impossible for parents to tell them no as new games go on sale. Where does this entitlement come from except the very Internet they have been allowed to use free of charge every day?

Who would ever imagine that online gambling would be aimed at children? There is even a NYC School Program for addicted student gamblers. One Psychiatrist Journal claims there is an epidemic of child and teen gambling. Video Game Addiction and Other Internet Compulsive Disorders Mask Depression, Anxiety, Learning Disabilities.

Why do youngsters today have so much interest in their peers and so little interest in family life, domestic duties or church? Many parents offer electronic devices as constant entertainment for their children. This inadvertently lends itself to danger from online predators, pornography and cyber bullying. Is it any wonder so many young people are committing suicide in this generation?

Dr. Jim Taylor of Huffington Post points out, “Because children lack experience and perspective, they tend to make decisions that are rash, egocentric and short-sighted. This absence of forethought can cause children to overlook the consequences of their decisions and to ignore their long-term ramifications.”

Kristen Gerencher of Jewish Word Review, talked about brain growth associated with maturity and decision-making being behind the physical body growth during adolescence. The conclusion we may draw from this is that the judgment of younger people is not as advanced as their physical maturity—a fact that agrees with the Lord’s declaration that children under twenty-one are not able to make the best decisions. Ms Gerencher may be right about the change in physical aspects of the brain, which could make it hard to control. At the same time, she may not be right about the ‘control factor,’ and that conclusion could direct us away from what is truly and really happening in every public schoolroom every hour of every day—intentional destruction of Christian-Judo values.

In Scripture, we read that anyone under twenty-one was not responsible for rejecting the Lord’s command to go into Canaan and thus were not cursed (Num. 14:28-29). A lesson on that might just take some of the starch out of some folk’s absolute self-confidence (if they believe the Creator’s words), and who should know better than the one who created us all?

Where have all the children gone? Many children have been sacrificed to the parents’ god of success. Others have been sacrificed to worldliness or just plain old permissiveness. Even some conservative home school parents have fallen into the secular mold of educating in worldly pursuits, enjoyment and benefits. Do they even notice when the moralizing marketers aim to teach humanistic values to their children?

Where is the innocence that should be in our children? Sure, we have protected them from work by our labor laws, but do we send them to socialist schools for eight to ten hours every day and require they join some sport or extracurricular activity to finish out more than a forty-hour work-week?

In many cases, where both parents work outside the home, by the time babies are six weeks old, working mothers are forced to leave them with less than qualified babysitters, nannies or at a daycare.

Liberal atheistic teachers browbeat kids into thinking there is nothing wrong with sexual promiscuity or alternate lifestyles. By the time they get to high school, long before they are mature enough to care about reputation, morals or disease, they look forward to drowning themselves in pleasure during the spring break at the beach.

Is it any wonder college and university campuses must constantly deal with the rape epidemic? If liquor is accepted as the norm, how could there be any other outcome? Will there be, can there be, Christian mates somewhere for our children?

Where have all the children gone? Long time passing
Where have all the children gone? Long time ago
Where have all the children gone? Gone for Baal every one
Oh when will they ever learn?
Oh when will they ever learn?

Ecclesiastes 8:5-6—Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. 6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

Ecclesiastes 11:9—Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Is life unraveled for you?  May our prayer ever be, Father, Help us Raise our Children.

 

NAMES ON THE WALL

A little history most people, even Americans, will never know…

Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it has been 61 years since the first casualty. Continue reading

LOVING OUR PARENTS

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another (1 John 4:7-11).

God commands us to love one another. In verse 8, He tells us that if we don’t love each other, we don’t know God, because God is love.

We all know how the world tends to define love; the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you’re with a friend you like, or the affection you feel towards your siblings, family, and friends.

But what is real love? How does our Creator define it?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8–Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

So here we can see that real love isn’t just some mysterious, undefined feeling like the world thinks it is. Real love is an action, something that we do. In fact, God says that in 1 John 3:16-18.

We all know that as Christians, we have God as our heavenly Father. How does He say we are to love him?

1 John 2:3-5 (Remember that, in chapter 4, He says that we know God if we love Him. Knowing God is rather essential to our salvation, don’t you think? **Author note: Find the scripture about needing to know God**)

  1. John 15:10—If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
  2. If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).
  3. 1 John 5:2-3 specifically says that the love of God is to keep His commandments.

We also learn that if we are to love other Christians, we must keep God’s commandments.  So how are we to love our earthly parents?  One way is by obedience.

  1. Ephesians 6:1-3—Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
  2. Colossians 3:20—Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

When God repeats Himself, He’s usually trying to make a point.

  1. In Romans 1:30, He lists disobedience to parents as one of the sinful qualities of those who didn’t like to retain God in their knowledge.
  2. In Proverbs 1:8-9, He says that the law and instruction of our parents will be like ornaments of gold to us if we listen.

Are there any exceptions to Col 3:20 where God says that we are to obey our parents in all things? What about Jacob and Rebecca (Gen. 27:6-25)?

Jacob was obedient to his mother by lying to his father Isaac.  Should we obey our parents if they tell us to do something sinful? What does God say (Matt 10:37)?

What reward do we get for obeying God’s laws above all others (Matt 19:29)?

What does God say about lying? If we are truthful to our parents, does it show that we love them and our Heavenly Father too?

  1. Matt 26:28
  2. Matt 13:5
  3. Matt 6:16-19

What is an abomination? How about roaches in your milk and fly guts on your bread toast? How does God feel about lying then (Pro. 12:22)?

How else can we love our parents? What about by being wise?

  1. Pro. 15:20
  2. Pro. 23:15-16
  3. Pro. 23:24-25
  4. Pro. 17:25
  5. Pro. 19:13a
  6. Pro. 17:2
  7. Pro. 19:26

So how can we be wise?

  1. Pro. 1:7
  2. Pro. 9:10
  3. Pro. 10:19

We can also love our parents by giving them honor. What is honor?  The Greek word is tama’o, means “To value or honor.”  It has a strong connotation of support or taking care of needs.

  1. Eph 6:2-3
  2. Matt 15:4
  3. Matt 19:16-19

Mark 7:10 (God thought that cursing your parents was worthy of death)

God thought that honor was very important, so much so, that He included it in the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:12).

So how do we value/honor our parents? What about by taking care of them when they are old?

  • 1 Tim 5:3-4, 8
  • Matt 15:1-9
  • The Pharisees were condemned for not taking care of their parents and giving the money to the temple instead. Is it right to do good works? Yes. What about if we do them instead of something else God has commanded us?
  • How do all of these things fit with God’s definition of love in 1 Cor. 13:4-8?

What are some examples we have of people who didn’t love their parents? What were the consequences of their not loving their parents?

  1. Absalom – 1Sam 15:23 (What God thinks of rebellion)
  2. What happened as a result of his rebellion?
  3. Joseph’s brothers – 1 Gen 37:18-35
  4. What did we learn about lying in Pro 26:28?
  5. Eli’s sons – 1 Sam 2:22-25

How should we respond to chastening and rebuke?

  1. Proverbs 15:5—A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
  2. Proverbs 13:1—A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner hea
    reth not rebuke.
  3. Proverbs 13:24—He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
  4. Proverbs 3:11-12—My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
  5. 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

So what are some examples of people who did love their parents?

  1. Esther obeyed Mordecai in Esther 2:11, 20,
  2. In 1 Sam 3:2-18 Samuel cared for Eli when he could not see. He also obeyed Eli when Eli told him how to answer God.  He was truthful when Eli asked him what God had said.
  3. Ruth cared for Naomi when Naomi became a widow. Ruth 1:8-7; 2:2, 17-18
  4. Joseph obeyed his father when Jacob sent him to find his brothers ( 37:13-17). He also honored his father by taking care of him when he ruled Egypt (Gen. 45:9-13; 47:11-12).
  5. David obeyed Jesse when he sent him to take food to his brothers (1 Sam. 17:12-22).

Christ was subject to his parents when he was a child (Luke 2:40-51). He also honored his mother by making sure she was provided for before she died (John 19:25-27). (See Galatians 1:19 and 2:9 also consider the brother of Jesus

JUDGES FOR LITTLE PEOPLE

Most small children who go to church and Bible class regularly can sing the song, which teaches them who the judges were during book of Judges. Bible class teachers may use the tune to “Ten Little Indians” or the tune from an old song called “Reuben and Rachel.”

Sheet music for the song “Reuben and Rachel” may be found here.  I have spelled out each judge’s name like it is to be sung, therefore some will appear to be misspelled.  Anywhere there is a hyphen, each syllable should be said almost as a separate word.  Samuel’s name is the only one that is hard to fit in because it sounds like 3 separate words.

Judges Song

God sent judges over Israel
One brave woman fourteen men
They helped Israel fight their battles
Led them back to God from sin

Othneil, E-hood, Shamgar, Deborah
Gideon, A-bem-a-lech, Tola, Jair
Jepthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon,
Samson, Eli, Sam-U-el

Children should also be taught that there were other judges, not considered to be part of this era. Moses was the first, and he judged the people from morning to evening every day from the time of the Exodus through the wandering in the wilderness (Exodus 18:13-27).

Kings and other rulers also served as judges (2 Samuel 8:152 Samuel 15:21 Kings 3:16-281 Kings 3:101 Kings 3:92 Kings 8:1-6Psalms 72:1-4Matthew 27:11-26Acts 23:34-35; Acts 24; Acts 25:11-12).The Levites and priests were given this duty in their cities after Canaan was conquered (Deuteronomy 17:92 Chronicles 19:8Ezekiel 44:23-24Matthew 26:57-62).

From the beginning, it had been the Heavenly Father’s plan for his people to have judges and not kings (1 Samuel 8:4-8).

THE WITCH OF ENDOR

1-sam-28-witch-of-endorReferences may be found in 1 Samuel.

WITCH OF ENDOR

    1. Where did she live and what was her occupation (1 Sam. 28:7)?
    2. Was she will known (28:7)?
    3. B. Did her practice meet the approval of God (Lev. 19:31; Lev. 20:6; Deut. 18:10-11; 1 Sam. 15:23; Gal. 5:19-21)?

Leviticus 19:31—Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 20:6—And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

Deuteronomy 18:10-11—There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

1 Samuel 15:23—For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Galatians 5:19-21–

    1. Why then did Saul seek for her (28:5-6)?
    2. In what way did Saul come to her and why (28:8)?
    3. What plea did she make to him (28:9)?
    4. How did Saul answer her and what was his request (28:10-11)?
    5. Did she expect to bring up Samuel from the grave (28:12-14)?
    6. If so, why was she so excited in his presence?
    7. If she could have really called up the dead, would she have been so excited?
    8. What was Samuel’s speech to Saul (28:15-19)?
    9. How was Saul affected by this message (28:20)?
    10. What was her disposition then (28:21-23)?
    11. How did she supply strength to Saul (28:24-25)?
    12. Endor was a town in Manasseh, about four miles from Mount Tabor.  Look on a map to see the exact location and explain what you know of the city.
    13. Necromancers are sorcerers practicing necromancy (magic). They were declared an abomination to the Lord, but were common in Egypt, Assyria and Babylon (Isa. 47:9-12; Dan. 2:2).  Explain how the Lord felt about such people and their practices.
    14. A sorcerer is one who practices sorcery (Exo. 7:11). They were banned from Israel and called witches and were punished by death (Exo. 22:18).

POINTS TO CONSIDER:

    1. Is it sinful to consult fortune-tellers today? Why? (Lev. 19:31; Lev. 20:6; Deut. 18:10-11; 1 Sam. 15:23; Gal. 5:19-21)
    2. How do we renounce God in seeking the fortune tellers?
    3. Who in the New Testament times sought such influence of departed spirits (Luke 16:27-28)?  The rich man died and was in torments and wanted Lazarus to go to his brothers to save them from that place.
    4. What is God’s final appeal (Luke 16:29-31)?  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
    5. What if the witch had turned the strength of her powers for good?

HOW THE AMERICAN FAMILY HAS CHANGED

The American family has changed significantly over the past century.  If you’re interested in seeing exactly how, the Marriage and Religion Research Institute has created an interactive online tool which allows users to map demographic trends over time in a variety of ways, including by US state, ethnicity and gender.  You can have a look for yourself here.

The Institute has also published family trends, including demographic and population data, which might be of interest on their website here.  One significant trend is the huge increase in children from the 1970’s onwards who have parents who are divorced, co-habiting but not married, or have always been single; a significant change in up-bringing for a large number of children across America from that time.  For those children that live below the poverty line the trend is much worse but still begins around the same time in the early 1970’s.  If you live in the US, have a look at how your state is doing on the family front.

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ROLE MODELS FOR OUR CHILDREN

PONDER THESE SAYINGS:

  • Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
  • What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.
  • Nothing is so infectious as example. 

VISUALIZE THIS:

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” (Pro. 6:6-8).

The Corinthian brethren were warned not to be like the Israelites who served as bad examples in 1 Corinthians 10:11: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Paul commended the Thessalonians for being good examples in 1 Thessalonians 1:7: “So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.”

And in 1 Peter 5:3, elders are told to be examples to the church: “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”

After all the good examples we read about in Hebrews 11:1-40, the Hebrew writer says,

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds (Heb. 12:1-3, KJV).

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ROLE MODELS FOR OUR CHILDREN