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The Politics of Degradation

English: Photo of Education Secretary (2009-)....

English: Photo of Education Secretary (2009-). The original photo can be found in the “Color photo—Print quality” zip file. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We see it so often from people who don’t like it when you challenge their ideas and plans. Instead of considering the criticism, they attack the person who has the audacity to question them. Instead of listening and understanding, they try to muzzle opposition by calling them names and changing the focus of the argument. Take our Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan for instance. When challenged on Common Core, instead of explaining the value of this major change to how our children are educated, he made the statement that he “found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”

Never mind that there are so many inaccuracies in the platform that it changes our very history. Never mind that it promotes Islam, disregarding the Constitution and the first amendment that declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” I guess that since the Department of Education is not Congress, he thinks that this gives them the right to teach our children their preferred religion. What they totally ignore is that nothing in the Constitution gives the Department of Education the right to decide what our children learn. That is a State right that is being ignored and states are being given money to ignore their responsibility.

But back to the point of this post! We have become a immoral society when we rule by bullying and degradation. When we use the power of the office to stifle objection and push policies that are not proper upon a people that does not want them. Our government and many of our leaders push laws to prevent bullying and protect the little people. And yet with almost the very next breath do the very thing that they are claiming to protect us from.

When you call people who oppose you names such as racist, or ignorant, or claim that they don’t like women or any other minority, you stifle debate irregardless of the validity of the argument. A society that does not accept challenge and stifles debate is a country that is not free. When you lose that freedom by the very loss, you become a slave to the state. If they are the ones who have to approve of what you say, what you think, what you teach and what you preach, you are not free, and the opposite of freedom is slavery.

When the Israeli’s were in the wilderness with Moses, some of the want to go back to Egypt, even knowing that they were going back to slavery. The reason was that they didn’t like the hardship and discomfort. They longed for an easier life and they thought that being a slave was easier that being free. After all being a slave most often meant having your needs provided for without the responsibility of making the hard decisions and work for themselves.

We are at the point in American society that almost half of the country is willing to accept slavery in order to keep from making the hard decisions for themselves. They are willing to listen to those who are throwing out terms like racists and bully without bothering to check the validity of the term and whether it really applies to one that it is being used upon. The terms are thrown out there so broadly that they are used to condemn a whole section of people irregardless of reality or truth.

People that would not accept you bullying them, readily accept the bullying and degrading of others. They shrug it off because that is just politics and it is the opposition. They seem to think that anything that prevents them from being challenged is quite alright because they are right and there is no debate allowed.

What is next? Usually when a country gets to the point that no challenge is allowed, the next step is to rid society of those who do challenge authority. Is that where we are headed? We only have to look at the examples in our Bibles to understand what can happen to a country and a society that forgets who God is and who no longer apply the laws that He gave in their  dealings with the people of that country.

Arne Duncan is the Secretary of Education, he does not work for himself, and regardless of what he thinks, he does not really work for the President either. Although the President appointed him and the Senate approved him, ultimately he works for the people of this country. If we as his employers allow him and others like him to stifle debate by degrading those who would question him, we are the losers. Whether you agree with Common Core or not, at the very least you should entertain objections to it and investigate those objections. Not doing so means that what you are promoting is less of a plan and more of an agenda.

We must stop allowing people to claim, every time there is disagreement with a proposal that affects the future of the country, that those who bring objections are racist, stupid, and haters. Any plan or program worth having is worth debating. Any problem that can survive debate is a program than has qualities that benefit. Any plan can benefit from objections and often those objections can lead to a better plan.

Can a Secretary of Education who spends his time degrading a portion of society without actually listening to objections, really be considered to be an intelligent and measured individual? Is this really the type of person that should decide what is acceptable to teach our children? Is this what we want them to learn? Do we want them to stop debate by calling the other person names? If not we need to make it clear that the behavior of the Secretary of Education is not acceptable. He is responsible to education and what he is teaching is immoral and damaging to our children’s future and welfare.

This is not just a Christian value, this is a value for all who love their children and want them to have the best. If the product offered is the best, it should be able to stand up to debate. If it is not then it should be changed and challenge should never be stifled.

 

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11 responses

  1. rmnixondeceased

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

    November 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • Thank you for the reblog and God bless you!

      November 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  2. As I explained to Sherry yesterday: I seemingly blame the Church. I do not refer to individual denominations, but the True Church of Jesus Christ. Christian here in These United States have become the Church of Laodicea (the church who became lax) in revelations.

    Enjoining this premise is the Churches failure to continue Christ’s command in Matthew 28: 16-20 (dubbed the Great Commission); whereas Christ commanded His disciples, and all disciples after them, to “go into all nations and make disciples”. With the invent of computers, and the internet, you would think this the easiest of all commands Christ commanded us to do. However, we choose to “preach (witness) to the choir”. What does this mean in reference to this comment? It mean rather than use ‘tagging” to reach the sinner (i.e.: pornography, gamblers, sex and such) we choose instead tags as Christianity, Religion and Faith (to mention but a few). Do we really believe that the sinner is going to flock, in mass numbers, to these tags (as Christianity) ? Or, do we stand as the Pharisee praying in public for all to see our piety as hypocrites? Preaching to the choir!

    What do we come to expect when we fail, as a Church, to vote the Bible when casting ballots for our political leaders? And then re-elect them ! is it only then do we “bitch” because their appointees are corrupt and fail to act in a “Christian manner”?

    No, as a Church (that built on Christ alone) “we have become the Church of Laodicea, we become Pharisee’s (not all of us of course) filled with pride, we have entrusted, and even delivered, our Nation into the immoral hands of the enemy and we have failed our Christian duty to go into all nations to make disciples…..

    We only need look at Lot and his plea for Sodom; “if I can find but 10 righteous men, will you spare us?”

    Is there 10 righteous men to be found in America today? Or, do we face the same perilous fate of Sodom?

    November 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    • Sodom was not saved even though Lot and his family were, the same with Ninevah when they ignored God’s second warning. Should we pray for God to save our country, no, we should pray for our country to remember the God who allowed it to be founded and who created all in existence. I am afraid that limiting the people who claim to be Christians as the Church of Laodicea falls far short of what is really going on. Look at the warnings that were given to all the churches in Revelations. The warnings were varied and yet almost all have come short. We need to re-evaluate our desires, but we need to concentrate on what God wants us to do don’t you think? Warn the churches that they are falling short, but pay attention to the message that He wants us to teach. He is perfectly capable of making sure that whoever needs the message gets it irregardless of what the tag is. I agree with you Michael that too often seem to send the message to repeat among ourselves, but even so we sometimes need to have that message repeated. Just as we do not read the Bible and put it down and say the job is finished. We all need to be reinforced and that is our responsibility as well. Tags are a tool to point out a small portion of what the message is, those that are looking are looking for what the message is. If they are looking for faith and understanding of it, if our posts are tagged with “faith”, surely it gives them a stopping point does it not.
      As for my post, it is a reminder that the Devil works in ways that are often subtle and at other times overt. We are blindly allowing him the ability to enslave us through political correctness and worrying about offending others by allowing ourselves to being bullied into being quiet. We do not want to be considered racist or stupid and so we are quiet. In our failure to stand, we are allowing the things we teach against at home, to be taught in school. We are letting our children be conflicted and abused. We are allowing them to become “double minded” with one mind at school and one at home. We are allowing them to be converted to something that is far from followers of Christ!
      As to whether the churches will listen, we can not force them. It is always their choice. Are they blind? Perhaps, and perhaps that is what must happen. I like this country, but if God choose’s to destroy it, that is just another step toward the true goal and that is with Christ Himself. But it is important that we stand, and it is important that we present the message, and it is important that we do what we can to protect our children and all other innocents out there. Warning them where they are headed is part of our commission. God bless you Michael.

      November 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

  3. Have I been “told-off”? (smiling at this jest). firstly, “Lot’s family was not all saved” from God’s wrath, if you recall, Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt for her “continued” disobedience (God told them NOT to look back).

    I think you make excuses for “the Church” and it’s called members when you say: “I am afraid that limiting the people who claim to be Christians as the Church of Laodicea falls far short of what is really going on. Look at the warnings that were given to all the churches in Revelations. The warnings were varied and yet almost all have come short. We need to re-evaluate our desires, but we need to concentrate on what God wants us to do don’t you think? Warn the churches that they are falling short, but pay attention to the message that He wants us to teach. He is perfectly capable of making sure that whoever needs the message gets it irregardless [regardless] of what the tag is. I agree with you Michael that too often seem to send the message to repeat among ourselves, but even so we sometimes need to have that message repeated.”

    How many times, Loopy? How many times do we pound the same message to the same people using different words to convey that same message? How many times before we do what God has commanded us when addressing a “back-slider”? In this case the back-sliding being the Churches failure to fulfill the “Great Commission” given us by Christ. In this case the Church of today being likened unto the Church of Laodicea?

    How many times, as members of His Church, do we idly stand by and watch fellow member “Preach to the Choir” before we do as Christ commanded? You have said; ” too often seem to send the message to repeat among ourselves, but even so we sometimes need to have that message repeated.”

    Christ does NOT command us, as fellow members of His Church, to repeat over and over the same messages in hope that they final ‘get it”! Instead He commands ( and I am Paraphrasing here ) “go to the back-slider and gently chastise them that they might repent of their way.” if such fails then take with you a fellow member and again point out the error of their way that they might repent.” Nothing about repeating God’s word over and over to His own…. But, take His message on the road (so to speak) to all nations and make disciples…..

    This is the sin of the leaders –

    For among My people are found wicked men;
    They lie in wait as one who sets snares;
    They set a trap;
    They catch men.
    As a cage is full of birds,
    So their houses are full of deceit.
    Therefore they have become great and grown rich.
    They have grown fat, they are sleek;
    Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked;
    They do not plead the cause,
    The cause of the fatherless;
    Yet they prosper,
    And the right of the needy they do not defend.

    Shall I not punish them for these things? says the LORD.
    Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?

    There sin be upon there own head.

    But, this is the sin of the people called Christian –

    An astonishing and horrible thing
    Has been committed in the land:
    The prophets prophesy falsely,
    And the priests rule by their own power;
    And My people love to have it so.
    But what will you do in the end?

    So much has been lost, I must start with the name itself. Christian What does it mean? A Christian is a disciple of Jesus Christ who is Christ-like. Even this has been perverted in America. Christian has come to mean, anyone who confesses that Jesus was something more than a man. There are sinful Christians, lukewarm Christians, lying, cheating, stealing Christians. There are worldly Christians, carnal Christians, violent Christians, and adulterous Christians. The name has become an idol. People think that by wearing the title, they will be blessed or even saved. As I said, the hirelings have done us a great evil. But here is the greatest evil of all; they have made Jesus and His cross into an idol! They have perverted who He is and what His cross stands for. They have preached, another Jesus and a pillow cross. This has brought deception and death to the church in America.

    Jesus is not a baby in a manger. He is not your buddy. He is not your servant. He did not come to make you happy, rich, successful, or to build your self-esteem. He is not a picture on your wall or a fuzzy feeling in your heart. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords! He is the Almighty Judge of heaven and earth! He is coming back in wrath!

    Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Rev. 19:15) I cry out with John, Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

    I trust these things clarify, as fortify, my position.

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless and keep us all

    November 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  4. You said “How many times, Loopy? How many times do we pound the same message to the same people using different words to convey that same message? How many times before we do what God has commanded us when addressing a “back-slider”? In this case the back-sliding being the Churches failure to fulfill the “Great Commission” given us by Christ. In this case the Church of today being likened unto the Church of Laodicea?

    How many times, as members of His Church, do we idly stand by and watch fellow member “Preach to the Choir” before we do as Christ commanded? You have said; ” too often seem to send the message to repeat among ourselves, but even so we sometimes need to have that message repeated.”
    We should and must give warning, but that should not be our focus, and while many are still feeding on the pablum, if they are not willing to grow, we can not force it, but that doesn’t mean that we should starve them either. Some may never get to solid food, does that mean that they will not be saved? I am not the one to make that judgment, but like my son who is disabled mentally, I will continue to try to provide sustenence with the faith that Jesus will return and He will require and accounting of all of us. There were times when my middle son was growing up that I wondered if he would ever be able to live on his own and take care of himself, but he has gotten there, just a lot slower than most. If I had thrown up my hands and said, it’s time you learned and now you are on your own, I would face judgment and deservedly so.
    So how many times? I don’t know, how many time has God given up on us? He has not yet wiped us from the face of the earth, His patience has been extremely long, should we strive for the same? He has never declared us worthless, instead He has done all He can to change us without forcing us, should we determine who is worthy of our time?
    We use whatever means we have. Don’t just assume that the tags that we attach only reach those who call them selves Christians. I too have problem with the term Christians. Just don’t get caught up in words, when the Word has the ability to reach those who are interested and send them our way. Whether we use the term or not, that is how most of the world classifies us, those who know little or nothing but are interested are searching and that is a term that they tend to use first. I have faith that the Lord will send anyone who is truly interested in the direction of the truth regardless of what they call themselves. People that don’t want to know anything are not going to be searching for the word Christianity, or Christians. Unless they are inspired by Satan to provide a challenge, and if they are we have to turn it into an opportunity to stand with the whole armor of God and fight (the word is our sword).

    November 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  5. Thanks for the link. Great comments.

    November 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • You are most welcome and God bless you!

      November 19, 2013 at 12:23 am

    • LOL, I guess that all those white moms who have faith in their children’s ability to learn are a little more influential than he realized! Thanks for the link Sherry! God bless you my friend!

      November 19, 2013 at 12:34 am

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