Sunday, November 6, 2011

Teaching the Children

Marybeth Hicks recently wrote a compelling statement regarding the protests that are being staged throughout the country. I am posting this here, because I believe it is worth reading.
Marybeth Hicks:

Here are 5 things that OWS mothers should have taught their children, but didn't.

Call it an occupational hazard, but I can't look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, "Who parented these people?"

As a culture columnist, I've commented on the social and political ramifications of the "movement" - now known as "OWS" - whose fairyland agenda can be summarized by one of their placards: "Everything for everybody."

Thanks to their pipe-dream platform, it's clear there are people with serious designs on "transformational" change in America who are using the protesters like bedsprings in a brothel.

Yet it's not my role as a commentator that prompts my parenting question, but rather the fact that I'm the mother of four teens and young adults. There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters' moms clearly have not passed along.

Here, then, are five things the OWS protesters' mothers should have taught their children but obviously didn't, so I will:


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1 Life isn't fair. The concept of justice - that everyone should be treated fairly - is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was founded. But justice and economic equality are not the same. Or, as Mick Jagger said, "You can't always get what you want."

No matter how you try to "level the playing field," some people have better luck, skills, talents or connections that land them in better places. Some seem to have all the advantages in life but squander them, others play the modest hand they're dealt and make up the difference in hard work and perseverance, and some find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in the Hamptons. Is it fair? Stupid question.


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2 Nothing is "free." Protesting with signs that seek "free" college degrees and "free" health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don't operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and "slow paths" to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical.

While I'm pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things that are not free: overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.


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3 Your word is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don't require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It's a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for - literally.


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4 A protest is not a party. On Saturday in New York, while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn't evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations: Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don't dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don't seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant.


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5 There are reasons you haven't found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gouged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn't a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It's not them. It's you.


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Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom.

Appendix: Personal opinion. I believe these are important lessons. Further, I believe there are parents out there who taught their children these lessons. And, I believe that there are some children, who in spite of the best teachings, choose to behave in unseemly ways. What am I saying? I am saying that the spectacle to which we are being subjected is not entirely the fault of the parents of these people. We are free moral agents, and even Adam who was taught by the Best chose to "kick over the traces." --vanilla

6 comments:

  1. Vanilla,
    I certainly subscribe to Mary Beth's editorial. I am going to look up her book, too.

    Oddly, enough my own post today is along these very same lines.
    Loved your comment about how not thinking seems to come "naturally" to some folks. Have a good weekend. Marsha

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  3. INTERFAITH MINISTRY?

    Is interfaith ministry a Christian concept found in Scripture? Yes, it is, however, the interfaith ministry found the Bible teaches converting men of all faiths or no faith at all to accept Jesus as The Christ the Son of the living God and the only way to the Father. The interfaith gatherings in the Bible were not a forum used to proclaim that there were many roads that lead to heaven. The interfaith meetings were not used a symposium to agree that all religions may lead to salvation.

    THE APOSTLE PAUL'S INTERFAITH MEETINGS

    Acts 17:1-3...they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And accord to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, saying, "This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ."

    At his interfaith meetings Paul did say we are all trying to reach heaven, but we are just traveling different avenues. The apostle Paul did not preach a compromised gospel.

    Acts 17:13 But when the Jews of Thessonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds.

    If your teaching and preaching is not stirring up the crowds, is it possible, it is because your gospel message has been amended to mollify your listeners or readers?

    Acts 17:22-34 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said. "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, " TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you......32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, "We shall hear you again concerning this." 33 So Paul went out of their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed..........

    When Paul was preaching at the interfaith conference at Athens what took place?
    1. He did not tell them it does not make any difference what you believe as long as you are sincere.
    2. He told them they worshiped in ignorance.
    3. Most rejected Paul's preaching.
    4. Some believed the truth of the gospel.

    The apostle Paul did not change the gospel to make it more palatable to the crowd. He did not tell them that all religions are approved by God.


    Galatians 1:6-8 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven , should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you , he is to be accursed!

    Paul was preaching to a interfaith/interdenominational group, the Judaizers at Galatia. Judaizers were Jewish Christians who were advocating keeping Jews customs in order to be saved. The apostle Paul did not say that all denominations could teach different terms for pardon. He said if they taught a gospel contrary to what the apostles taught that they should be accursed.

    WHAT WERE THE TERMS FOR PARDON TAUGHT BY THE APOSTLES?
    1. FAITH: John 3:16
    2. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
    3. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
    4. WATER BAPTISM: 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38

    The apostle Paul was not a fan of interfaith/interdenominational meetings that advocated all faiths or that all terms of pardon bring about salvation.

    The apostle Paul believed in the ONES: (Ephesians 4:4-6)
    One body.
    One Spirit.
    One hope.
    One Lord.
    One Faith.
    One Baptism.
    One God.
    One Father.

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  4. Very interesting. I like the nothing is free part. From my perspective, the harder you work, the more meaningful it is. Anyway, why should I pay for both my education and yours?

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  5. ARE WE ALL GOD'S CHILDREN? BY STEVE FINNELL

    Are Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists, and all other men, God's children? No, they are not. They are all created by God, but they are not all God's children. God loves them all, but they are not all God's children.

    Who are God's children? Christians are God's children.

    Galatians 3:26-27 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (KJV)

    Men become children of God by faith in Christ Jesus and being baptized into Him.

    John 11-12 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name;(KJV)

    The Jews who rejected Jesus as the Christ were not God's children. Those who believe in Jesus have the opportunity to become God's children.

    GOD LOVES ALL MEN, HOWEVER, SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL.

    Terms to become the children of God.
    A. Faith: John 3:16
    B. Repentance: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
    C. Confession: Romans 10:9
    C. Immersion in water: Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21.

    All men have the opportunity to become God's children. Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you all one in Christ Jesus.(KJV)


    ALL MEN ARE NOT GOD'S CHILDREN, HOWEVER, THEY ALL CAN BE.

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  6. Boy, you've got this pegged exactly. I passed by Occupy Wallstreet protesters daily in Minneapolis last year, and was repeatedly made ashamed of what social protest had become since the 1960s and 70s.

    Great blog.

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