Consider the story of Domenic Johansson:
If you wish to research this story more here are some resources:
You may have heard the phrase “it takes a village.” Hillary Clinton popularized the phrase with her book by that name in 1996. It is short for an old African Proverb: “Ora na azu nwa.” It is translated as “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Wikipedia, quoting other sources, says this (I added the bold emphasis and formatted the bullet points):
…a few examples of African societies with proverbs which translate to ‘It takes a village…’:
- In Lunyoro (Banyoro) there is a proverb that says ‘Omwana takulila nju emoi,’ whose literal translation is ‘A child does not grow up only in a single home.’
- In Kihaya (Bahaya) there is a saying, ‘Omwana taba womoi,’ which translates as ‘A child belongs not to one parent or home.’
- In Kijita (Wajita) there is a proverb which says ‘Omwana ni wa bhone,’ meaning regardless of a child’s biological parent(s) its upbringing belongs to the community.
- In Swahili, the proverb ‘Asiyefunzwa na mamae hufunzwa na ulimwengu’ approximates to the same.”
Who carries the responsibility, privilege, and authority to raise children? The Collective in the form of the State? The Church? The Family?
As you can see through the Johansson story – ideas have consequences! If the governing authorities believe that children belong to the collective or the state they will try to force parents to raise their children a certain way. They may even kidnap children to achieve their goals!
Genesis 1:28 says:
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 2:24 says:
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
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At the very beginning of time God created the family. One man and one woman were man and wife and it was their job to “…be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion…”
You can see why Satan would hate marriage and hate family and wish to destroy them. Family is the means by which human beings fulfill their destiny. It is the “machine” by which the next generation is created and then raised. (It is also a symbol of Christ’s love for His People – but that is for another article.)
If we as human beings decide to reject God’s Design and Command and make up our own standard for raising children there will be consequences.
The human race has done just that. We have decided that “the Collective” by means of “the State” has sovereignty over the family.
The Bible presents to us a different vision:
The contemporary “we-as-humans-are-our-own-god” vision:
Spend a couple of minutes thinking about how these thoughts affect your life in every area:
Know this: You have most likely spent your whole life being fed a steady diet of man-centered philosophies for living. You most likely evaluate all of your thoughts and opinions based on that philosophy. Yes, even if you are a Christian!
I was raised as a Christian with an “above average” exposure to Christianity and how it applies to life, yet I find I am constantly re-evaluating what I believe and how I live in light of the burning flame of the Bible.
You may have seen all of the issues talked about on your television (politics, controversies, etc.) as individual issues that could be evaluated one at a time. Take another look. You may be surprised to see how many bad ideas out there are basically designed to destroy the family in all of it’s function before God.
The world right now wants you to give over all of your responsibilities to the state. Especially your children.
Do not obey the world, but rather obey God!
Can friends, neighbors, churches, etc. assist the family in raising a child? Sure. But we must always remember that God has given the privilege, authority, and responsibility for children to parents, not to “all of us.”
(In No Particular Order)
|Psalm 127:3-5||I Timothy 5:8||Proverbs 29:17||Proverbs 13:24||Proverbs 22:6|
|Ephesians 6:1-4||Genesis 2:24||Galatians 5:1||Genesis 1:28||Proverbs 13:22|
If you have questions about America’s “war culture” come on over and read the article and tell me your thoughts and questions. Maybe you’ll want to get the book as well.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Does Christianity have a clear teaching about war? What about self-defense? National defense? Promoting justice in the world through the use of war?
Here is a scarier way to ask the question: How does Jesus feel about Christians participating directly or indirectly in war? Is Jesus a pacifist? Does he want us to stay uninvolved in all wars? [Read More]
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Why do some argue that the government needs to act in order to help the poor while others argue that helping the poor should be left in private hands?
Is this primarily a political question of Democrat vs. Republican or Liberal vs. Conservative?
Or is it a worldview question?
Darrow Miller and Gary Brumbelow have written an article that shows some of the worldview roots to these two perspectives.
Here are my summaries on the four perspectives that they discussed:
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As you can see, one’s worldview has a vast impact on whether or not one cares about the poor at all and what kind of solution one pursues to help the poor if a moral obligation is recognized!
The Biblical Christian Perspective will tend to focus on promoting the creation of wealth and prosperity and raising up the poor to do the same. The Christian Socialist Perspective will tend to try and force everyone via “government” to “help” the poor – resulting in decreased prosperity for all and increased dependency among the poor. The Godless Capitalist Perspective will result in a “dog-eat-dog” world that destroys anyone in pursuit of personal gain. The Godless Socialist perspective will result in the pursuit of centralized power and centralized control (think full-fledged Communism or Marxism).
Read the article for yourself and then come back and tell me what you think.
Here is a quote from the article:
People who recognize the system is open understand that resources are the product of human imagination and creativity. Wealth may be created. The way to solve the problems of hunger, poverty and injustice is to create an economic and political environment of freedom where people and communities may flourish – creating and stewarding wealth. This leads to a positive sum economic system. The truth is that all human beings are created in the image of God and stand equal before the law. Human creativity and innovation is the source of resource. Private property is to be respected. People are free and responsible moral agents who are to practice internal self government, allowing for small state government. Social justice focuses on personal and public flourishing in all areas of life.
People who believe the system is closed think that resources are physical things in the ground and, by nature, limited. Human beings are the product of an evolutionary process, merely animals: mouths and stomachs. More and more people means more and more mouths to feed. In a world of scarce resources the way to solve poverty is by reducing the number of mouths and/or redistributing resources. This leads to a zero sum economic system. Social justice is defined as equal outcomes. Only a large government with authority and power to redistribute scarce resources can achieve equal outcomes. [Read More]
So what do you think?
From Gary B’s Blog:
"President Obama recently said income inequality is ‘the defining issue of our time.’ Seriously? Is ‘income inequality’ more important than the loss of individual freedoms? Is ‘income inequality’ more important than our elected officials (BOTH PARTIES!) consistently dismissing and ignoring the Bill of rights and Constitution? If it were then maybe ignoring our foundational documents might be justified. BUT it is not. What’s at the top of the list (my list anyway) is reigning in a government and administration intent on the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America…" [Read More]
Here is the response that I wrote:
I don’t see anything in the Bible or the Heart of God that leads me to believe that "income equality" is important at all.
In fact, I see the opposite. Consider the parable of the talents. The message there is that we should be faithful to invest what we have received from God, not that we should be concerned to compare what we have with what others have.
There is much in the Bible about justice for the poor, helping the needy, etc.
The "love your neighbor" theme is pretty juicy big.
I have encountered Christians trying to use these arguments for raising taxes on the rich so that they "pay their fair share" and for increasing national government intervention in day to day problems of life.
But the thing that my Christian friends consistently ignore is that the National Government and all forms of Civil Government are Agents of Force. (See Romans 13!)
Use of the "sword" is inherent in actions by civil government.
Granted, in a society where many or most people try to obey the law we may not see that use of force all the time; but there should be no doubt that the national (and local) government’s decrees will be backed by force if necessary.
So when Christians argue that the national (or local) government ought to take more from some to give it to others they are arguing for violent theft. They are also (unintentionally perhaps?) promoting covetousness.
I haven’t seen any command or authorization in the Bible for forcing others to do with their money what we think they should do with their money.
As best as I can tell it is not in God’s heart to have human beings forcing one another to help the poor and the needy. Encouraging one another? Yes. Admonishing and Rebuking one another? Certainly. Forcing one another (even if using the excuse of civil government)? I do not see this idea reflected in God’s revelation to man.
Just another guy sharing some thoughts.
P.S. A lot could also be said about the Parable of the Talents and the inherently "unequal" nature of human life. The question isn’t so much about trying to create income equality as it is in working with God for reconciliation – both of the individual soul for individual salvation and of the labor of a man to maximum fruitfulness.
**End of Response**
What do you think?
Have you ever turned on the TV and seen pictures of starving children covered in flies followed by an appeal to help the poor?
In order to really help the poor we need to stop seeing them as victims and instead see their potential as children of God.
Here is a video with some thoughts along these lines from a worker in Nicaragua:
Here is a link to the video and some excerpts at the PovertCure.org website: http://www.povertycure.org/voices/anielka-mnkel/#When:23:13:22Z
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Jon Davis Jr.
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