Sunday, September 6, 2009

The future for my kids

When I was a child, I remember my parents always watching the 10pm news on TV and always reading the daily paper that was delivered to our door. They spoke about current events over the dinner table which always sounded more like 'blah, blah, blah'. The importance of it, nor the passion they had of the issues never made a large enough impression on me to really care. I think I spent more time at school than I did at home and my education had a larger impact on shaping who I was and what I believed than my own parents. The education system was attempting to lead me into the direction of seeing things differently than my parents did. It was subtle yet an agenda that was succeeding. Throughout my teens and young adulthood, I was forming opinions based on what I had learned at school. Not that everything I was taught was bad, but there was a political and social message that was lying beneath the surface of the subjects being taught. It wasn't until I became an adult with responsibilities that I noticed how the events of the world impacted my life every day. From the price of gas changing daily to why the cost of renewing my driver's license doubled in 4 years to how my job's 401K fluctuated in value every quarter. It was no less than politics that affected everything in my life. When I became a parent, I realized even more so how politics affected my decisions. I couldn't just hold my baby in the car while my husband drove. She needed to be pinned down in a car seat that was securely fastened to the auto. The crib needed to fall within the guidelines created by some legislative group. How I disciplined her in public had to be restrained because of laws that were being created to protect children. I prayed real hard that she would never disobey me in a public arena for fear that I might have to scold her in ways that might 'offend' others or cause them to call the discipline police.

We seem to have accepted all these little subtle regulations because they come in the form of 'best for our safety and welfare.' We see it as a good thing without thinking about what's really happening. We are slowly moving toward accepting more and more regulation. I can see the point in requiring everyone to wear seatbelts when in a car, but when you think about it, isn't it our decision on whether we want to secure ourselves or not? If we are injured or die in a car accident, isn't it our own fault we weren't wearing it? Why should I be 'required' to put it on? If I choose to walk barefoot in the street and step on a piece of glass, isn't it my fault for not wearing shoes? Will I soon be 'required' to wear shoes outside my home? Is it possible that in the future, I could be issued a fine for not wearing shoes in public? How about getting fined for drinking coffee in a coffee shop that doesn't have a lid on it? Afterall, I could burn myself, especially if I'm texting someone while trying to take a sip!

My point is, we need to STOP accepting these little subtle regulations being imposed on us. It makes it all that much easier for legislators to impose even bigger regulations on us. Our freedoms can be taken away so easily, it's scary. I fear for my children's future here in America. Who knows what they'll be up against when they become adults. It's because of our next generation that I ask that when the opportunity arises to speak out or make a stand, do so willingly. Let your voice be heard. As citizens, we outnumber the legislators and we can do something!

When you pray, pray that we not only accept the plans the Lord has laid out for us, but also pray that He gives us the strength, courage and voice to make a difference for the sake of our children's future! I know He doesn't want us to sit on our laurels and watch us get run down. He has always called us to action! (Romans 11) He gives us the where-with-all to fight!....His fight!!...for His people!!!

Let's do this!!...for the Glory of God!