Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If A Girl Really Is A Treasure...

From Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin's "It's Not That Complicated"
For too many single women, Valentine’s Day is a time to feel unwanted, unnoticed, unappreciated – invisible. But as our brother Ben says, “If a girl really is a treasure, she will have fruit in her life that the righteous will be tuned in to see.”
If we’re tempted to despair that people can’t see us, that they don’t know we’re available, that no one will ever know we’re there, we need to remember this: People who are shining with Christ’s light are never invisible. However, there is a difference between shining as a light in the darkness, and shining as a neon sign in the marketplace. When your “light shine[s] before others,” says Matthew 5:16, they will “see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” And He is the One we really want people to be noticing and pursuing, right? 
(Excerpted from Chapter Twelve: What a Man Needs at His Side)
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sutton on The Family

From the introduction to Ray Sutton's "That You May Prosper".

First, God is transcendent. He directly relates to each sphere of society. Family, Church, and State are not stacked on top of each other. The Family does not have to go through the State, nor the Church, to get to God. This gives the Family institution a sacred character. No longer is the Family viewed this way. The State has crippled its God-given powers. A civil judge once said, "Whilst marriage is often termed by text writers and in decisions of courts a civil contract... it is something more than a mere contract ...It is an institution." By this he meant that the Family is a covenant. But the State does not believe this way any more. The family is under attack from the State and society at large. Who can doubt the Family's loss of sacredness? Now other "gods" rule it.

Second, as for authority, most families are not sure "who's in charge." There was a time when the father was head of the house. Everyone knew it. Everyone acknowledged it. But the advent of the working mother has created a conflict. It's not the 1950's anymore. High inflation and debt have changed the economics of Western culture. A collapsing economy has forced the woman to go to the market place. When she does, she starts to bring in a sizable portion of the family income. Maybe as much or more than the husband. This threatens the relationship, and the wars begin. The rise of wife abuse statistics indicate the extent of conflicts. War has been declared in the home. It remains to be seen whose authority will take charge.

Third, the covenant laid out a clear sense of right and wrong, ethics. The first colonists believed in the morality of the Bible, an objective standard. And every family was raised on this morality. Today the family has lost this sense of right and wrong. Its children are indoctrinated with "values training" in public schools. The philosophical background for such training comes straight out of the Humanist Manifesto I & II. Students are taught, "We affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is autonomous and situational, needing no theological or ideological sanction. How frightening it is to think that the future leaders of our civilization will believe this way!

Fourth, it used to be that when a couple said their vows before God and man, their oath was taken seriously. Divorce was socially unacceptable. Our times tell us something about how people feel about their marriage oath. Thirty-eight percent of all first marriages in the United States fail. Seventy-nine percent of those people will remarry, and forty-four percent of these second marriages will fail.

The fifth area of the covenant is continuity. Most families cannot maintain the bond implied by this word. Indeed, studies indicate that "Christians" are not doing well at raising up Godly "seed." They are losing their children to the government school system. They are losing them to the humanists who write the screenplays for television shows. They are even losing them to the humanists who teach in Christian colleges.

Also, the rapid death of the "family business" points to the loss of continuity. Each year a growing number of family businesses is terminated, not because there are no living heirs, but because the heirs are not interested. Some students of the "small business" believe this is one of the largest causes for the collapse of the "small business."

At one time the family was understood as a covenantal unit. The loss of this idea has had staggering effects. The five foundational concepts of covenant have proven to be critical to the family's life or concepts of covenant have proven to be critical to the family's life or death, sickness or health. It seems that as the traditional marriage vows have been altered or destroyed -- "In sickness and in health, for righter for poorer... till death do us part" -- so has the entire institution. But the family is  not the only institution that has lost it's covenantal moorings."

Recommended Resources:
That You May Prosper: Dominion by Covenant
Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption
Finishing Well
Economics for Everybody

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Triumph Earned Failure

"Remember this: The strongest sign of the decay of a naiton is the feminization of men and the masculinization of women. It is notable that in Communist nations women are exhorted, and compelled, to do what has traditionally been men's work. American women, some of them, feel triumphant that they have broken down the "barricades" between the work of the sexes. I hope they will still feel triumphant when some commissar forces a shovel or an axe into their soft hands and compels them to pound and cut forests and dig ditches. I hope they will be "happy" when a husband deserts them and they must support their children and themselves alone. (After all, if a woman must be "free" she shouldn't object to men being free too, should she?") I hope they will feel "fulfilled" when they are given no more courtesies due to their sex, and no kindnesses, but are kicked aside on the subways and buses by men, and jostled out of the way by men on busy sidewalks and in elevators. I hope that no man will extend mercy to them because of obvious pregnancies, but will rudely tell them that that is no excuse to shirt a day's heavy labor, and they should be like Russian women. I hope they will be proud when some court demands that they support "delicate" husbands for a lifetime, and pay alimony. I hope, when they look in their mirrors, that they will be pleased to see exhausted and embittered faces, and that they will be consoled by their paychecks."

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Recommended Resources:

How To Be A Lady
Why Christian Manhood Must Prevail
The Wise Woman's Guide To Blessing Her Husband' s Vision