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Counter Argument to Spanking Linked to Mental Illness

Misleading. The American Academy of Pediatrics shared its findings in a July 2, 2012 press release stating evidence that: Spanking (is) Linked to Mental Illness.  The article would have been more accurately titled:  Of those with Mental Illness, Only 2-7% Were Exposed to Harsh Physical Punishment based on the data collected by the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions during the years 2004 and 2005.   There is a definite angle to the press release and without reading the entire article, as well as the linked study, one would jump to the conclusion that the Bleeding Heartland blog opined in Evidence mounts against spanking children. However terms are ill defined and manipulated to make the case against spanking in the Bleeding Heartland blog, as well as in the study’s results articulated in the in the press release.

The study states, “The current research investigated the possible link between harsh physical punishment (ie, pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, hitting) in the absence of more severe child maltreatment (ie, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, exposure to intimate partner violence) and Axis I and II mental disorders.”

The results of the study according to the AAP:  “Harsh physical punishment was associated with increased odds of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug abuse/dependence, and several personality disorders after adjusting for sociodemographic variables and family history of dysfunction.”

The conclusion gleaned from the study:  “Harsh physical punishment in the absence of child maltreatment is associated with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse/dependence, and personality disorders in a general population sample. These findings inform the ongoing debate around the use of physical punishment and provide evidence that harsh physical punishment independent of child maltreatment is related to mental disorders.”

The aim of the study was to investigate a possible link between harsh punishment and mental disorders, such as, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse/dependence, and personality disorders.  The result of harsh punishment, defined by the study as “pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, hitting” was increased odds of having an Axis I or Axis II disorder.

The following is a description of these type of disorders found in the DSM-IV.

Axis I lists most major mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. In general, researchers view these disorders as acute problems that are superimposed on individuals’ preexisting functioning.

Axis II lists personality disorders and mental retardation, which ostensibly differ from Axis I disorders in their greater persistence over time. Personality disorders are extremes of personality traits, such as impulsivity, dependency, and anxiety, that are inflexible, maladaptive, or both. Mental retardation is characterized by an IQ (intelligence quotient) of approximately 70 or below, severe deficits in adaptive functioning (e.g., inability to cook or dress oneself), and onset prior to adulthood.

According to a 2005 study, conducted by Ronald Kessler and his colleagues, it was found that “between 25 percent and 30 percent of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders such as phobias, about 20 percent suffer from mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, and about 15 percent suffer from substance-abuse disorders such as alcoholism.” The survey also revealed that there are “important gender differences in the prevalence of some mental disorders, as well as some notable race differences found is specific psychopathologies such as post traumatic stress syndrome and alcoholism.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics findings of “possible link and increased odds” states that 2% to 5% of Axis I and 4% to 7%  of Axis II disorders reported experiencing harsh physical punishment.  In context of the numbers found in Kessler’s report of 25-30% Americans who sufferer from these disorders, the results are very small.  To conclude that “These findings inform the ongoing debate around the use of physical punishment and provide evidence that harsh physical punishment independent of child maltreatment is related to mental disorders” is misleading and erroneous.  To make the leap that spanking is the cause of these disorders is also an egregious error, with an obvious agenda tainting the findings of the report.

Many have argued, including the American Association of Pediatrics that spanking should not be practiced and they utilize any evidence that helps support their claim.  However there are a great many people who have properly and sparingly used spanking as a way of discipline and have children who model the very essence of a well brought up child, secure in the love of his parents and able to live well in society.

Child abuse is heinous. No child should ever endure harsh physical, emotional or mental punishment.  Children need love and consistency in their lives to grow into well adjusted citizens.  Children also need discipline, wise and loving guidance that many times include penalties for behavior that is unacceptable.  Chip Ingram, pastor and author says, “The discipline should fit the misbehavior and the age and understanding of the child.  Sometimes, spanking does come into use, but only in a calm and loving manner, after a clear warning to help lead the child away from danger and a clear understanding that the action was not a mistake, but a case of disobedience. The discipline of spanking should always include these seven steps, or it should not be used.”

  1. Clear warning- Your first interaction with your child about a situa­tion should be verbal. It should always be preceded by a clear warning, both for her sake and for yours. You want to know whether your child deliberately crossed a line or made an honest mistake. A clear warning will help her steer clear of danger and will help you know you’re correcting intentional disobedience.
  2. Establish responsibility- It’s important for your child to own up to his misbehavior.Remember that your child can’t learn without being able to own up to his responsibility. No one can. When you put your child in a position of having to do that, you’re preparing him for responsible adulthood. Remember to always keep your focus on the child’s behavior, not his identity.
  3. Avoid embarrassment- Never embarrass your children in front of their friends, siblings, or even strangers. Embarrassment can do a lot of damage that you’ll have a hard time undoing later on.
  4. Communicate grief– Let your children  know that more than being angry, you are disappointed and heartbroken when they disobey. Early on in their lives, let them know that you trust them and when that trust has been violated, they need to know that the relationship is wounded.
  5. Provide a sting as a deterrent- Remember the point of a spanking: It’s to sting, to provide a painful deterrent to misbe­havior, not to injure.
  6. Sincere repentance– Help them clearly relate the discipline to the behavior, not to them as a person. Tell them how special they are, both to you and to God, and that they were disciplined to correct mis­behavior, not because they were a bad person.
  7. Unconditional love– after disciplining your child, let me encour­age you to take him in your arms and pray, give him a big hug and go do something fun. He’ll know he’s still accepted and that there’s absolutely no barrier between the two of you.  (Taken from: The Biblical Approach to Spanking, Seven Steps to Disciplining Your Child, by Chip Ingram)

If the goal of the study, “Physical Punishment and Mental Disorders: Results From a Nationally Representative U.S. Sample,” was to help those with mental disorders live a well rounded life, or even to determine how actual child abuse can be prevented in these types of living situations and scenarios, then the findings could lead to better ways in which to help this percentage of the population.  But the desire and driving motivation came with an agenda and a misinterpretation of the findings. In the authors own words, the reduction of physical punishment and therefore spanking is the desired end.

Study authors conclude pediatricians and other health care providers who work with children and parents should be aware of the link between physical punishment and mental disorders. From a public health perspective, study authors conclude reducing physical punishment may help decrease the prevalence of mental disorders in the general population.

Once again, all forms of abuse are never acceptable.  We should be looking for ways in which to help those with mental disorders. But for the scientific community to make a connection between a possible link and the increased odds of mental illness as related to harsh physical punishment, while manipulating the terms and statistics to push an agenda, is insincere.  Spanking has not been proved to be linked to mental illness in this report, but rather the facts were manipulated with the intent to build a case for opponents of spanking. When a child misleads his parents he or she is taught not to lie.  When a scientific community misleads the public they too should be reprimanded.  Perhaps a spanking is what is needed.

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Heavenly or Hellish Creatures

The small choices matter.  One will reflect, plan, worry and generally count the cost when big decisions must be made, but it is the daily, moment by moment decisions that build the landscape of one’s life.

“[E]very time you make a choice you are turning into the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.”
C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

The choice to take a break and spend time with my kids these past few weeks, walking away from the blogosphere and reconnecting  with my children in the sphere in which they live, may appear to be a small choice but it has been one of significance.   My youngest son just had a birthday and though we spent the day together, it didn’t feel like we truly spent time with each other.  It wasn’t until two hours before worship practice that same day, that he came to me, with tears in his pre-teen eyes and said, “Mom, could you re-schedule band practice and spend time with me?  Aren’t I more important than practice.”

Ouch.  I swore I would never let ministry and “my stuff” come before my kids and I had.  So, I made the right choice in that moment and quickly called everyone, pushing practice back a few nights and demonstrating to my boy how much he truly means to me.

Daily choices make lifelong impressions on those in one’s life.  To choose poorly may have ramifications years down the road.  I may, through the choices I make not only be slowly turning into a hellish creature, but by my very decisions, I may be helping lead my own children in the same hellish direction.  Conversely, when I am making decisions that are in harmony with God’s plan, I am showing those I love the most, my kids, how to love God through my choices and in turn I am becoming a heavenly creature, demonstrating to them how also to live like Christ, the only example of a truly heavenly being.

Today may not present a life altering decision, but one’s daily choices when weighed en masse, may in fact bring one closer or farther from the image of God’s Son.


Missing Children

The unimaginable wrecking anguish that grips a family when a child goes missing can not be adequately expressed by mere words. In the past few weeks I have received two specific emails from friends who in some way have experienced this in their own lives or in the lives of  close relatives. The pain that I  feel for these families can only hint at the deep sorrow and worry they carry.

This story has made national headlines.  Here is an excerpt from the other email I received from my friend, asking for continued prayer for a young girl who disappeared over a year ago.

As you may know, my stepmother’s niece, Amber Dubois went missing last February 13th …just yards from the front gate of her school at Escondido High. At the time, she was just 14. It’s hard to believe that one year later, Amber is still missing and that I am writing to you about it. But here we are. Living with the effects of child abduction is 24/7. And for a parent, Amber’s Dad said it best, “You’re scared beyond belief the first 24 hours. After that words can’t communicate the horror of your child going missing.”

Many may recognize this name as it is now infamously linked to the Chelsea King case in San Diego, California. Sadly, I received this email on February 8th, two week prior to Chelsea’s abduction.  Following a lead, Amber’s remains were found by Escondido police on March 6, 2010.

Tragedy entered the lives of these teens and changed their families forever.  We as parents must be vigilant for our children, recognizing that evil does in fact exist, and equipping our kids with the tools needed to recognize danger.

The man arrested for the rape and murder of Chelsea King is John Albert Gardner III.  “A 2000 probation report on John Albert Gardner III depicts an erratic and violent young man. He is now charged with killing 17-year-old Chelsea King of Poway”, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The New York Daily News.com reported, “He (John Albert Gardner III) had faced a maximum of nearly 11 years in prison under terms of a plea agreement, but prosecutors urged six years. Dr. Matthew Carroll, a court-appointed psychiatrist who interviewed Gardner, had urged the maximum sentence allowed by law. He said in court documents that Gardner was a “continued danger to underage girls in the community” and an “extremely poor candidate” for treatment.” Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year-old neighbor girl in May of 2000.  He served only five of his six-year prison term.

According toThe National Center for Exploited and Missing Children:

  • 800,000 children younger than 18 are missing each year, or an average of 2,000 children reported missing each day.
  • 200,000 children were were abducted by family members.
  • 58,000 children were abducted by nonfamily members, and
  • 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. These crimes involve someone the child does not know, or knows only slightly, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.

California implemented Megan’s Law on September 24, 2004, designed to “expanded access to the public for the first time to use their personal computers to view information on sex offenders required to register with local law enforcement under California’s Megan’s Law”.

California W&I Code § 6608. 5 (f) (2005)Penal Code § 3003 (g) (1) (3) A sexually violent predator or a serious paroled sex offender cannot live within one-fourth of a mile of a school, and high-risk paroled sex offenders cannot live within one-half mile of a school, daycare center, or place where children congregate.

The website familywatchdog, allows individuals to research the database, to see if there are any registered sex offenders in their neighborhood, with the goal  of knowing one’s neighborhood, empowering one’s children and changing the laws.  As I researched my town, I discovered that an offender lived within 0.3 miles of an elementary school and two lived less than a half mile from the middle school.  Both of these examples demonstrate how easy it is for registered sex offenders to break the law with no repercussions.  To expect an offender to follow a statute meant to keep children safe, when they are the perpetrators of evil against children is ludicrous.

There are tools that a can help us keep our children safe.  We must teach them to be wise as serpents.  We must make an effort to get to know everyone with whom our children hang out, as well as those who have authority type positions in their lives.  We should not live in anxious fear when our children are not in our line of sight either, but utilize this sad reminder to “predator proof” our children.

My heart and prayers are with the three families mentioned in this blog.  Each are undergoing circumstances that are life altering.  Please keep the King Family and the Dubios Family  in your prayers.


Love = Vulnerability

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” — C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)

Tears have fallen today, though we knew this day would come. Our “Arnold Bean”, the once chubby beagle had to be put to sleep at the ripe old age of thirteen. The pain that loving brings is climaxed upon the death bed and perhaps purest in the tears of a child. Yet would we choose to not love, even an animal, in order to avoid such pending hurt, as death comes with life? Would we avoid affectionate attachment, so as to not feel inevitable anguish?

My daughter’s good bye offering to her beloved pet was a video montage which she made from the last pictures of today. Heart felt and tear invoking, her thirteen year old heart morned in an innocent and truthful way. My son, who chose to go with us to put the “old man” to sleep, made some deeply profound statements, as he rubbed his “best friend’s” head. Even in his eleven year old mind, he understood that both Lucifer’s fall and man’s fall were affecting his lovable beagle Arnold, and that because of sin, even the animals must pay the price and die. The sweet little boy that he is, said, “I am going to weep and weep for my best friend.”

Life means death and there is no escaping the pain that it brings.  As C. S. Lewis stated, “Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.” In order to live the highest joys, one must experience the lowest lows. Loving an animal, especially for a child, is the first steps of experiencing life and death, joy and pain.  These may be the baby steps that help prepare for the loss of a grandparent or friend and should not be discounted and avoided, but embraced as part of growing pains that go along with life in a fallen world.


Home Schooling Takes Perseverance

Home schooling is not for the faint of heart, though I have felt like fainting these past few weeks. One would think after successfully graduating a child, the next one would be easier. Yet, each student has challenges and talents that make for a brand new set of learning styles for me, the teacher! The beauty of home schooling is that the parent, a.k.a.: the teacher, becomes the student all over again and re-learns or at least attempts to re-learn all the things that were supposed to be understood in high school!

The past few weeks have been the final stretch of semester one. Geometry has hit points of long moments of struggle and tears when a proof just isn’t proving to be understandable! Student and teacher tears mingle together and an email to the tutor helps resolve the confusion, temporarily, but the pressure mounts as a mid-term looms next week.

The term paper that took two days of My weekend, may not get an award for most persuasive, but there is certainly a sense of accomplishment and pride, and of course I am talking about my daughter, not my own feelings of finishing strong.

The book, That Hideous Strength, was read and precised on Thursday this past week. It, or should I say, my daughter, kept us awake, me as official editor, until 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The word count never seemed to go down substantially. With each read through and deletion of un-necessary phrases, we finally chopped the paper down enough to reached the prescribed one thousand words. The clock on the wall kept reminding me that I wanted to be in bed. I began to feel like I was the one who had read That Hideous Strength and not my daughter.  And as if that was not enough, a mid-night geometry test and biology homework was also completed.

Again I say, home schooling is not for the faint at heart. I know one must be asking, why in heaven’s name, is the schooling happening in the middle of the night? Let me explain, no sum up. We are part of a wonderful program called Biola STAR Academics and Torrey Academy, to help me help my kids, get all they need academically, so they will excel in college. My oldest, my first graduate, is indeed living up to my prayers and expectations as a student of Biola University.  She is a journalism major, with plans to do a study abroad next semester in Washington D.C.  She is a writer for the The Chimes, the University newspaper, and her success at Biola has shown me that this home schooling choice has indeed been the correct one. So as we struggle through tenth grade again, (and I wouldn’t use the word struggle usually, it has just been a long week), I count my blessing for the right to school my kids at home. I thank God for programs like Torrey Academy and STAR that help me, help my children get a high caliber academic education that prepares them for life and college.

I will be completing high school two more times and I am sure I will be much smarter when I graduate my last student. But I will be saddened that the days of whining and roses will be complete. I love to school my kids. I love the fact that this Country allows parents the right to school in this manner. I am grateful that I have my fingers in the mix and that I can see their accomplishments first hand and watch the struggles create in them a perseverance that will last a life time. I have always compared home schooling to watching one’s child take their first step or say their first word. There is so much joy and anticipation in those events and with home schooling, I get to see my child read his first word, figure out his first Algebra problem and most importantly, I get to be the one who trains them up in the admonition of the Lord and watch Him transform them into His image. Truly a most enviable task in life.  And by the way, I get to re-do high school four times! Isn’t that the American dream: to go back to high school?


Women Just Like Me

I am an American woman: a wife, mother, a homeschooler, a worship leader, musician and blogger, looking to encourage other women who hold a deep passion for the restoration of our country.  As I watched Glenn Beck’s: A Mother’s Challenge: A 9.12 Report, I came face to face with woman who articulated the concerns I too feel as a mother, living in a country rapidly changing its red, white and blue colors, to a bleak shade of unrecognizable.  The audience was a melting pot of women who held various political, educational, religious and ethnic backgrounds, yet were united as mothers under the common concern for the future of their children.

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Glenn Beck surveyed this group of woman and narrowed forty pages of concern down to these top three:

  1. History Not Being Taught to Our Children
  2. Parent’s Losing Their Rights
  3. Killing Our Children’s Future

As the camera scanned the room of smiling faces, any of which could have been my next door neighbor; Glenn Beck teasingly referred to his special guest audience, (with his satirical grin in place), as the “angry mob, tea baggers or domestic terrorists”, and his guests smirked in return at his sarcastic reference.  Many of these women had taken part in a “Tea Party”, or a “Town Hall” and some had participated in the March on Washington, but most were new to this type of political involvement. They raised however, a cacophony of reasonable dissent and vowed a sustained siege on Washington, determined to effect change, not motivated by purse stings or heavy handed lobbying, but by their concern for their families and a determination to take back their country.

The conversation was poignant and well directed.  Beck would volley a question to his audience and one or two of the ladies would respond.  A woman named Barbara stated, “Our kids are our future.  Our forefathers fought and died for our freedom and it is time for us to do the same for our children and their future.”

In response to this, Frank Luntz, a Republican political consultant and pollster, asked the question, “Are you better off than your parents were when they were your age?”  Most hands raised in affirmation.  Then he asked, “Do you think your children will be better off when they are your age?”  Not one hand was raised in a positive response.  Beck then jumped in and re-phrased the question, asking, “How many of you feel that spiritually, in a completed way, you are better off than your parents were?”  Again, not one hand was raised.

The evening continued as the top three concerns were discussed.  When asked about the issue on: “History is not Being Taught to Our Children”, one lady stated that the Name of God was invoked in every Preamble of all 50 states as the Almighty or Creator and the schools are not teaching this fact of history.  Another woman followed up saying, “Without the morality that comes from a God based life and government system, the entire thing would fall apart, and I think that is exactly what we are seeing in our society.”

Mary Baker, mother of seven and a home school mom said that, “America is a  God inspired idea and if you take Him out, you can’t have America (without God).”

Another woman was concerned that high school and college students don’t realize that, “Socialism is communism light.  Students don’t know their history.”  She was deeply worried that by not knowing the history of communism, this future generation would not know how to stand against it.

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A short clip from “The Story of Stuff” was shown to demonstrate how America’s children were being taught to believe that America’s capitalist economy is evil.  When asked to respond to this clip, the audience shared that they believe that the “stuff” in society hasn’t caused unhappiness, but there is “less God therefore less happiness”.  There was an outrage that schools could force this view on the American children, and that parents much of the time remain clueless.

Then Beck raised the issue of the song about Barack Hussein Obama and angrily pointed out that Christmas songs couldn’t be sung in America, but children could be taught to sing the praises of this President, to the point of seemingly deifying him. Again, the audience responded with similar frustration that the State and even the President was being made into an image of god.

The next topic was related to Parental Rights.  Barbara Boxer and her support of the U.N. Treaty on the Rights of Children were mentioned as a very real concern.  These women refuse to let the government tell them how to raise their families.  They were angry to think that they were losing control of their rights to opt out of mandatory government programs, such as shots and the lack of control in what their children were being taught at school.

Frank Luntz pointed out that in a survey, the American people wanted control of their government in the following areas.

  1. Accountability
  2. Respect
  3. Results
  4. Bold Action
  5. Oversight

Frank Luntz- “What Americans Really Want… Really

This audience had a real appreciation for their God given responsibility to raise their children and as one gal put it, “We want our children back.”  Another woman said, “Without freedom, we have nothing and that is why we are screaming mad!”

Lastly, Beck asked about the idea that the government was “Killing Our Children’s Future”.  A woman named Leslie encouraged the group saying, “We need to teach our children the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so when these rights are being usurped, they will know how to stand up and say ‘No, these are my rights.’”  Another young mom said that she feared that the more she fought against the government’s intrusion, the more the government pushed back and took rights away.

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The Tea Parties, Town Halls, The 9.12 Project and social networking sites like Smart Girl Nation and blogs such as Girl Pundit, demonstrate that there is a very different belief system to which much of America ascribes and those who hold these views believe America is in grave peril.  No longer can we sit still and slowly boil to death, but rather must take real action, even if it is outside of one’s comfort zone.  We now clearly see what the ultimate price for our freedom is, should we do nothing.  Freedom costs, yet the death of freedom is more costly.

A unanimous show of hands was raised when the moms were asked by Beck, “How many of you are willing to lose it all for the sake of one’s children, if pure freedom was at the end of it?”  The truth is that those who first came to these shores did willingly “give it all up” for the sake of their children’s future and the right to worship God.  Freedom was the destination and for many, death was the price they paid.

This fight for freedom would be a daunting task if one faced it alone.  But we have stirred the heart-fires of many like-minded women who demand a better future for their children and are willing to fight for that future.  There are moms like me, who have taken time out of their everyday lives to speak their minds, walk an event like the March on the Capitol, attend a Town Hall meeting, post a blog, or call their Senator, all in the name of freedom and the future of our Nation.  The time is now to become involved in the process of democracy, let your voice ring out, so that freedom will continue to ring for future generations!


If Men Were Angels…..

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” James Madison-Federalist Papers Number 51.

Cockroaches

A light is lit in a dark room to scatter the blackness, to uncover potential hazards and many times to send the cockroaches running.  This past week, light has been directly aimed into various dark corners and the cockroaches have indeed scattered.  Acorns are falling from trees,  a peanut farmer spreads hate and a spoiled nut steps into the spotlight, opens his mouth and spews insults.  Where is the morality?  Where are the ethics?  What happened to polite society?

While driving home after teaching a Government class for an engaging group of seniors high students, another vehicle passed by mine, slowed down and the young man in the back seat proceeded to drop his window,  drop his drawers and share his hind end with me and my car full of kids.  So much for keeping things in the dark!  Apparently this cockroach liked the sunshine, but it made me think deeply about the moral direction or  lack of it  in our country.  The contrast of the “mooning teen” to the teens who were passionately discussing the loss of individual rights when the “bad apples” in society break the law and law makers make blanket legislation that hurt those who uphold the law, was poignant.

Noah Webster stated, “The moral principles and precepts contained in Scripture ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.  All the miseries and evils which men suffer from, vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”  If  this is true and I believe it is, then it explains the “why” to the condition of our morally decaying society.  When there is no bedrock of absolute truth, when society lives by it’s own wavering definition of “rightness”, then we end up with a society of citizens, run by a government of officials who don’t pay their taxes, who lie, cheat and steal, who support an ideology of “just don’t get caught” and who act like Eve in the Garden of Eden passing the buck when they are caught with their pants down.  If the “grown ups” who run the government, work in the schools,  for the unions, the hospitals and the car dealerships (a very short list) live by their wishy-washy whims, then how can we expect the youth of the nation to live any differently?

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We act shocked by the Acorn scandals this past week, but why are we, when right is might and morality is fleeting?  Webster may seem prophetic in his statement: “All the miseries and evils which men suffer from, vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible”, yet this isn’t prophetic, but merely learning the lessons from history and hind sight.  Immorality is as old as the foundation of the earth and nothing in human nature alone can over come its grip.  Yet we choose to not learn from the mistakes of those before us and pridefully believe we have evolved into a better creature.   I have yet to see an evolved ethically moral human being without the foundation of Biblical Truth permeating his life.

Clive Staples Lewis penned this poem that speaks clearly about the nature of man: 

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love –a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek–
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack.
I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
You give me are more precious than all other gains.

Humanity, brought into the glaring light of morality, will scatter like a cockroach unless it has learned to live, believe and be changed by the Scripture.  We who desire to see our country restored must be willing to live by the standards that we require others to live by.  Our morality must be whiter and truer than the next man’s morality because only then do we have a relevant leg to stand on.  Our morality must be based on non-shifting truth and we must raise the bar for the youth of the nation to live by the higher standard and not tolerate unethical and immoral behavior.  We must demand our public officials to sign a new Magna Carta stating that they will abide by an high ethical standard and hold them to it.  We must not only hold our politicians to the strict construction of the Constitution, but we also must be willing  ourselves not only live it, but die for it.

Men are not angels and can easily devolve into cockroaches when the lights of morality are dim.  Let us not dumb down our moral curriculum just because it is difficult to live by, but rather raise the bar and raise a nation of youth who rise up to the occasion of doing what is right.  And when government or any other public or private office in America ducks under this bar, we need to turn the lights on, expose them and reach for the bug repellent.