By: Sharon L. Patterson
Most of the time, I write things of a more affirming nature. Today, my heart is in a more trumpet like mode, so what flows from my fingers is still affirming, but truly summoning serious thought of a stance I believe we must take. The news has been full this past month of “trouble on every hand” not just in our own country but all over the world. I am concerned about my children and my grandchildren maneuvering this present time.
If you noticed, I used an exclamation point rather than a question mark for the title of this blog. I am speaking of parenthood of our children even symbolically of our nation at this crux in our nation’s history. It is a sobering time for child rearing, a difficult era requiring hearts that are brave and resolute. We must find purpose based on unflappable principles, beliefs founded in absolute truth that passes more than the present test of political correctness. We are in the “standing time” spoken of in Ephesians 6:13: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (NIV)
Opinions are bellowing “hear me, read me” over all available communication waves of the air. More and more, parents are being told that they need governmental help in rearing our own children. What they eat, what they learn, what they can and cannot say and where they can and cannot say it is subjected to restrictive new measures penned at the hand of a power grab unprecedented in my remembrance of 67 years. Could it be that the government believes it is the rightful guardian, the REAL parent of all our society’s children? REALLY?
It is time that we stand our ground as Christian parents, grandparents, guardians of our American Constitution, teachers of her true history, not the remanufactured , redacted politically correct copy now being forced through texts into the formative minds of our children . We have truth to teach, and Godly principles to instill.
Political correctness is enforceable but it is not based on the truth of God’s Word. It is built on the shifting sands of double-mindedness. Surely it is heavy pressure, enforced with verbal bullying. It is not absolute, but it is powerful. It can cause me trouble. Hence, my dilemma as a parent and a grandparent: Will I stand in broad daylight and be obedient to God’s truth or will I bend to the demands of man’s laws made in the shadows of political correctness.
My allegiance is to God’s laws first and man’s second. I have Biblical examples that offer firm ground on which to stand. One of my favorites that comes to mind is Daniel. He stood in his day against a politically correct law written in the shadows of evil jealousy that demanded the only recognizable object of worship was to be the king. The penalty for disobedience was death. Daniel continued as he did, faithfully, several times a day, to worship and pray to God alone. He faced the full penalty of the law but God delivered him. Because Daniel stood in his time, so I can stand in mine.
Government is not the parent…that is a position given by God alone. The times are difficult and that may increase, but God’s faithfulness to His children, His parenting of us makes us able to “stand our ground, and after we have done everything, to stand.” So, will the real parents please stand up! Another exclamation, not a question.