Anyway, these graphics are being openly advocated for by our local health dept, brought into our school health clinic, and posted on facebook by the county website. Because who doesn’t want to explain to your 12 YEAR OLD what a rim job is? How to wear a dental dam during oral sex? The joys of juveniles and online sexting, the intriguing world of the deep web and pedophilia? BDSM, sex trafficking, pornography? How about snuff porn? Maybe we should talk about all the people who actually believe sex with children should just be deemed a lifestyle choice??
Our sex is biological, innate, and immutable, but to a large extent, as this article explains, Gender Identity Development in Children – HealthyChildren.org, we learn as children how to behave as a boy or a girl. If we learn properly as child, then our “gender identity” appropriately matches our biological sex. If the adults responsible for teaching children sow confusion, then children tend to be more confused.
Unfortunately, the people running our schools starting at the local level and going all the way up to the Federal level want to teach school children some very strange ideas about sex. The notion that we can transition from a man to a woman, for example, is just absurd. It is far easier and much healthier to accept the sex that we are born with than it is to change our sex. Therefore, no one should be encouraging children to think they can just arbitrarily pick their gender identity because of their “feelings.”
Can parents resist the LGBTQ “rights” movement and protect their children from these bad influences? That is, can parents resist the “culture” and government pressure? Probably. Check out Polls Hide Public Opposition to Transgender Ideology (breitbart.com). When our fellow citizens start thinking about these matters more seriously, it begins to dawn upon most of them just how absurd it is to treat “gender identity” more seriously than biological sex. Moreover, not many parents want their children’s teachers confusing their children about whether they are a boy or a girl.
Most of the text of The Ten Commandments (Bible Gateway) is devoted to commandments that require us to love and respect our Creator. Why? We were made to give glory to God. It is God, not our self or any other human being, who gives our lives purpose and significance. If we don’t take God seriously, our existence becomes futile because it is meaningless.
Futile. Meaningless. Vain. Hopeless. The Book of Ecclesiastes is devoted to one subject, the futility of a life without God. With beautifully chosen and hauntingly sad words, King Solomon explains how he tried to live most his long life without loving, honoring, and obeying God. Eventually, he realized that in spite of his power, his riches, and his wisdom that his life without God was hopeless, vain, meaningless, and futile.
Unfortunately, before he knew his mistake, Solomon had become an old man, too old to undo what he had already done. All he could is point to his mistakes and ask others to learn from his wasted life.
And so the book begins.
Why the focus on the sun? What is “life under sun”? This is the phrase Solomon uses to refer to life without God. Even upon this small, tiny speck, our little home that we call Earth, not even the greatest of us will be long remembered. Hence Solomon ends The Book of Ecclesiastes with this passage.
What does it mean to fear God? Are we suppose to live in absolute terror of God? If we love God, no, but we must revere and worship God above all else. We must believe He exists and cares about us, and we must understand that our existence has meaning only if He chooses to give us purpose.
Therefore, consider again what the first four commandments require of us.
You shall have no other gods before Me. That is, we must put God first in our lives.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Our ancestors worshipped statues made of wood, stone, and metal. The supposedly advanced Pagans of this era worship entertainment and political personalities, make-believe and propaganda on a silver screen, and that is just as self deluding and wrong.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. When we curse the Creator because His Creation does not serve us as we wish, we fail to show our Lord proper reverence. We put our own foolish desires ahead of the Will of our Lord.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. God requires us to set aside one day out of seven to honor, glorify and worship Him. And how do we honor, glorify, and worship our Lord? We rest and give thanks to God.
Our Creator requires each of us to voluntarily and freely love and obey Him, to put Him first in our lives. Voluntarily and freely? Was not ancient Israel a theocracy? Yes, but the New Testament is a new covenant. The Apostle Peter explained the difference.
Without the gift of the Holy Spirit — without the grace of the Lord Jesus — we cannot obey God, and no amount of government power can change that. Do not fallible human beings run governments? When our leaders cannot make themselves obey God, how can they make us obey God?
The best we can do is to protect each others right to worship our Lord as we each believe appropriate. That is why those who founded our government added the First Amendment to our Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Imagine politicians — men we now dignify as being true statesmen — choosing to limit their own powers. Look around the world. Consider the past. See how unusual it is for the strong allow the weak to establish their own religious institutions. See how rare it is for those in power to allow their neighbors the right to freely practice their own religious beliefs.
The men who founded the United States restrained their greed for power. With unheard of modesty, they allowed their neighbors the right to freedom of religion. It is for such self restraint that the founders of this nation thanked God.
To Be Continued
Part 3: What Rights Do The Last Six Of The Ten Commandments protect?
Part 4: What Does The Bible Say About All Men Being Created Equal?
Since we traditionally base our moral code on Biblical teachings, the Bible is more central to Western Civilization. However, Secularists eliminated the Bible from the curriculum long ago, long before we heard of the expression, “cancel culture.”
Why do the Secularists and other haters of Western Civilization want to eliminate Shakespeare’s works from the school curriculum? Why expand the cancelation of the Bible to all the literature that we associate with Western Civilization? That is because the literature of Western Civilization alludes to the Bible and its moral teachings.
Consider what Western Civilization encompasses.
What is the hated “Western Civilization?” It is a distinct culture — a way of thinking and producing that comes from the combination of the ancient Greco-Roman world, “barbarian” Germanic tribes (Goths, Vandals, Franks, etc.) and the worldview of the Israelites through the Judeo-Christian writings (the Bible). The amalgamation of these worldviews, nestled and nurtured among the competing nations of western Europe (extending from present-day Poland to Ireland) developed throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Enlightenment.
Note the reference to the worldview of the Israelites through the Judeo-Christian writings (the Bible). Because the Bible is critical to Western Civilization, Secularists have been opposed to Western Civilization, and therefore Shakespeare, for some time. Here of late, however, the cancel crowd has come out into the open about its opposition to Shakespeare. So, we have a flurry of articles. Here is how The New York Post put it.
An increasing number of woke teachers are refusing to study the Bard — accusing his classic works of promoting “misogyny, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, and misogynoir.”
A slew of English literature teachers told the School Library Journal (SLJ) how they were ditching the likes of “Hamlet,” “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet” to instead “make room for modern, diverse, and inclusive voices.”
“Shakespeare was a tool used to ‘civilize’ Black and brown people in England’s empire,” insisted Shakespeare scholar Ayanna Thompson, a professor of English at Arizona State University.
So, it is not clear who is being canceled. Some even think, based upon his sonnets, that Shakespeare was a homosexual. Since we know so little about Shakespeare, that is something of a stretch, but it should give the cancel crowd some reason to rethink their silliness.
Nevertheless, even the most irrefutable logic will not prevent Secularists and other haters of Western Civilization from trying to cancel Western Civilization from the school curriculum. There is actually only one solution. If parents want their children taught their children about Western Civilization — how our civilization came to be — then parents must choose teachers who appreciate the struggles of those who went before us and strove to build a civilization that honors our Creator. To pass our Christian beliefs onto to our children, we must choose teachers for our children who share our beliefs. That is why we must fight for School Choice. That is why we must put parents in charge of which schools receive the money used to educate children. Like as not, we probably also need to make certain our libraries don’t discriminate against Western Civilization too. It is a dumb idea to expect politicians to run anything and not be biased by who gives them campaign donations and special favors.