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What to do with young illegal immigrants? July 7, 2014

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The thousands of young illegal immigrants crossing into Texas is creating a humanitarian crisis at the border. There are no easy answers on this one. There are two issues at play. First, they are here illegally. Second, they are kids. Homeland Security boss  Jeh Johnson summarized the problem today on Meet the Press

“We have to do right by the children, but at the end of the day, our border is not open to illegal migration and we will stem the tide,” Jeh Johnson, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

How should we look at this from a biblical worldview? Here are some queations to discuss with your students or son/daughter.

1 Read Romans 13:1-7. How could this relate to illegal immigration? How does that relate to our call to care for the poor (Galatians 2:10; James 1:27; 2:2-15)? How can these two things be balanced?



Getting the most out of your current events December 15, 2009

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Darrel Furgason wrote an excellent article for the Association of Christian Schools International on the importance of worldview training.  As you look throught the current events of the days, try to find articles that deal with these themes. Furgason wrote…

“An excellent curriculum should therefore teach students how to implement kingdom ways for every area of life through their life’s vocation and calling. Here are just a few kingdom principles that can be applied immediately in many areas of our society today:

• Justice is better than injustice (politics).

• Righteousness is better than crime (law).

• Love is better than hate (sociology).

• Health is better than sickness (economics).

• Order is better than anarchy (politics).

• Peace is better than war (international


• Security is better than danger or terror



  • Freedom is better than slavery (sociology,

• Sufficiency is better than poverty


• Truth is better than lies (education).

• Progress is better than failure (economic


• Accountability is better than corruption


• Democracy is better than totalitarianism


E Harmony Shakedown a disgrace December 17, 2008

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E Harmony has surrendered! In the latest of a series of shakedowns against those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman, E harmony has agreed to create a separate same sex dating service to settle a New Jersey Lawsuit.

Theodore Olson, attorney for eHarmony, said the company decided to settle rather than deal with an unknown jury pool.

“Even though we believed that the complaint resulted from an unfair characterization of our business, we ultimately decided it was best to settle this case with the attorney general since litigation outcomes can be unpredictable,” Olson said in a statement.

The site’s owner, Neil Clark Warren, an evangelical, had said publicly he did not want to introduce a same-sex site because he was not familiar enough with same-sex relationships. eHarmony became popular with the public because of its emphasis on personality traits.

“It’s basically the power of the government being used to force people across the country to accept beliefs that they know are not moral,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Free Market Foundation and chief counsel of the Liberty Legal Institute. “It’s an attack on freedom, and people better get ready to fight.”

Key Biblical worldview training questions:

1. Do you agree or disagree with the settlement?

2. If you were the founder of E-harmony, would have settled?

3. What is the biblical position for not allowing same sex dating services on this type of website?

An Amazing act of forgiveness December 11, 2008

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Korean immigrant Dong Yun Yoon,who lost his wife, two children and mother-in-law when a Marine Corps jet slammed into the family’s house, is modeling Christian forgiveness to the world. He said Tuesday he did not blame the pilot, who ejected and survived.

Last night I watched journalist Anderson Cooper on CNN marvel at the man’s ability to forgive, yet never mention that it was his Christian faith that gave him that guidance. Cooper said, ” Could you offer that forgiveness?” Great question and one I hope I never have to answer. In the meantime, please remember him in your prayers. He is an amazing example to us all and will need plenty of support in the days ahead.

Key worldview training questions:

1. What would have been your response in that situation? Could you have offered forgiveness, especially that soon after the deaths?

2. Why is this so surprising to people like journalist Anderson Cooper?

3. What kind of things can Christians do when fellow Christian friends suffer tremendous lost? What should we not do?

Is there a political cost for adultery? December 5, 2008

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The latest political buzz is about what role, if any, former presidential candidate John Edward will have in the Obama administration. Earlier he had been mentioned as a possible candidate for Attorney General. As of today, though, it does not look like he will have any role at all. The problem is Edward’s admission of adultery and the bad press that followed. Not only did he commit adultery, but he lied about it for a lengthy amount of time.  Proverbs 5:22-23 talks about the cost of adultery.”The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great own great folly.” Edwards is a professing Christian. With the confession and repentance, he can be restored and even his marriage can be saved. However, the truth of the Bible rings true again- there is a cost to sin. And in this case it may cost Edwards a prestigious post in the Obama administration. Key things to think about.

1. Should admitted adultery be reason to not hire someone to a prominent political position? What about a highly visible business position.

2. If you were the president Obama and thought he was the most qualified person for the job, would you appoint him, despite the admitted adultery?


Educating kids on gay marriage October 23, 2008

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Proponents of Proposition 8, which would define marriage in the state constitution as that between a man and  a woman,  have  real concerns about how  the proposition’s failure will affect public school kids. Anyone who as paid attention to what has happened in Massachusetts knows that their concerns are not unfounded. The goal of those gay rights advocates is not just to get the right to marry, but to redefine what marriage is and to normalize homosexual behavior to the point where anyone who speaks out against it would be considered a bigot. The real push will be with the kids. There will be a slow and steady push to educate the youngest kids and once Prop 8 fails there will be nothing to stop them.
Ocean View School District trustee John Briscoe, a supporter of Prop. 8, said the Education Code and state curriculum may not change right away if Prop. 8 fails, but having gay marriage become legal would eventually prompt challenges to reflect the law of the land, limiting the decision-making power of local school boards.
“Local schools boards can approve their own curriculum, but they must meet under the umbrella of state standards,” Briscoe said. “To say that the state department of education’s hands will be free of this gay marriage issue is false.”
Santa Ana Unified trustee Rosemarie Avila, another supporter of Prop. 8, also said she would oppose policies to incorporate gay marriage into the curriculum, but the state often has more than control over curriculum like sex education than local school boards.

Biblical Worldview Questions

1.  What is the biblical support for Prop. 8?  How would you refute their strongest argument “Not letting gays marry is discriminatory”?

2. How should Christians respond if Prop 8 fails?

3. Should kids be taught about Gay Marriage in Elementary school? What would you say to your child?

Even murders have a right to vote? October 23, 2008

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One of the clearest biblical principles in the Bible is that sin has consequences. Apparently in Vermont, that consequence does not include losing the right to vote. Except for the unlucky prison inmates convicted of election fraud, all prisoners on Vermont are given the right to cast a vote in elections, even those convicted of murder.

“Vermont has taken the position the more we can get folks in prison involved in the community in a responsible way, the better their chances of reintroducing them to the civilian world in a responsible way,” Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said.

Biblical worldview Questions

1. What should be our attitude regarding those in prison? How is it supported by the Bible?

2. Should inmates be given the right to vote?

3. Should the focus in prison be more on punishment or more on rehabilitation? Explain.

MTV awards- Is this really funny? September 9, 2008

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Christian youth often struggle with between enjoying the culture and recognizing that much of it goes against their core beliefs. Examples like MTV music awards have a way of bringing that conflict to the surface. While teens may have wanted to see which bands or musicians would receive which award, it was obvious that the content by controversial host Russell Brand would push the limits. After all, he is hosting the MTV music awards, not the GOP convention. Controversy is what MTV was looking for and controversy is what they got:
If his aim was to be noticed by America, Russell Brand more than achieved his goal last night as he ranted that President Bush was a “retarded cowboy” while hosting the MTV awards. The British comedian, who is a virtual unknown in America, left the crème of the music world stunned as he championed Barack Obama, ran down George Bush and made lewd jokes about the Christian pop band Jonas Brothers.

Of course,  not everyone was laying down and taking it. Notice…

American Idol winner turned chart-topper Jordin Sparks was so incensed by a joke about Christian band Jonas Brothers that she launched her own tirade at the host. The teenage singer, who wears a ring symbolising her belief in abstaining from sex until marriage, snapped at Brand: “I just want to say, it’s not bad to wear a promise ring because not every guy and girl wants to be a slut, OK?”

There were probably a few awkward moments for Christian teens watching the show that night.

Here are some key Worldview questions to think about:

1. How do you think young Christians felt watching the awards? Explain.

2. Do you think it is OK for Christians to watch programs like MTV, knowing that along the way there will be objectionable material? What should be our attitude?   Explain.

3. If you had the same opportunity to respond to Mr. Brand as Jordan Sparks, would you have come out against him? If so, how would you have done it?

Helping our youth fight aggressive atheism July 15, 2008

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Does anyone really doubt that the evolution proponents in local high schools are not cheering on Christopher Hitchens and the other new breed of evangelistic atheists?

In the book, Hitchens writes “monotheistic religion is a plagiarism of a plagiarism of a hearsay of a hearsay, of an illusion of an illusion, extending all the way back to a fabrication of a few nonevents.”

The teacher who believes in evolution and teaches freshman Biology is ready for the kids. Are we? Christian middle schools and youth groups had better step up and prepare their kids for what awaits them. Biblelessons4youth can help, of course, but the key is to do something. Anything! I strongly feel Christian schools are in a better position to train students to make a defense of the faith than Church youth groups. The best situation, however, is for Christian middle schools and youth groups to work together to prepare these kids for the tough questions they are sure to face in high school.