One day, when I was newly elected president of America's Media Alliance, and I homeschooled my children in Austin Texas, every week on Tuesday the cable Access channel aired the Travis County Commissioner's Court proceedings. During the proceedings, they had allotted a time for citizens to come up and voice their complaints. We, in the Alliance, encouraged them to do so by being there ourselves on most occasions. I made my children watch the proceedings on tv on Tuesdays as part of their civics lessons.
Well, one particular Tuesday as we had all three gathered around the TV, we began to listen to one particular commissioner voicing her complaint about the alliance and it's work. She called us all a bunch of stalkers. We didn't find that offensive. We just laughed at her. Then the subject turned to the new rules about the peace officers showing up at your door if your child wasn't at school that day to check on him. She was questioned about Home Schoolers, to which she replied that Home Schoolers were "nothing but trailer trash that didn't even own property.
I was stunned. We were buying our three bedroom brick home. And, my children didn't live in a trailer. Both of my children, whom I had doubts about up until that moment as to whether they were really listening or not, both turned to look at me when she said that, and at the same time, both of them covered their ears. They knew I was about to go off. I realized that I should not go off as I usually do at the tv at that point. It was time for me to defend my children. I grabbed my purse and car keys and made the five minute trip to the building where the commissioners court was being held. I was the last one to speak that day.
I proceeded to explain to Mrs. Sunlightner why I was there. I told her that I didn't live in a trailer and that we were buying our property. I also told her that unlike those children who attend the government indoctrination camps they call schools, my children weren't growing up to follow anyone. They were being taught to lead. I demanded that she owed them, who were listening, an apology.
When I drove the car into the driveway after I reached my home, I was still upset, and wondering if I did the right thing in front of my children, who were, no doubt, still watching the proceedings. My youngest son, Justin, who was 5 years old, met me as I got out of the car. The look on his face said all I needed to hear:
"THAT's MY MOMMA!"
I would do it again if I had to.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Sunday, January 1, 2017
For those of you who ask: How could a loving God allow evil men to exist...and how could a loving God let anyone go to hell?
I came across a facebook post today that asked the question:
If God made mistakes, what would you say His greatest one was?
We all know God is perfect. He doesn't make mistakes. Therefore, if evil exists it either means God put it there (which He didn't) or someone else did. (Satan? Man?)
Satan himself is pure evil. But, God created him as one of the most beautiful angels of all time. Like man, God gave his angels free will.
When Satan rebelled, God kicked him out of heaven. Some of the angels followed him. The other angels asked, "Why would a loving God allow that to happen?
God didn't allow that to happen, but he couldn't make the angels understand that, so he decided to SHOW them.
He created Earth. He created man. He gave man free will.
Satan saw that man had Free will, so he set about turning man against God as he had the angels that fell with him. God gave man rules, and Satan ridiculed them. And, man laughed too.
So, God did the only thing He could do. He sent Jesus to pay for their sins, because Jesus had power over hell and the grave, IF he obeyed. Jesus came to earth and set about cleaning up Satan's mess. All He had to do was one thing: Give man power over hell and the grave, which can only be obtained IF he obeys.
And, there was only one thing man had to do in order to be called "obedient": Believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came to save the world, repent and follow Him.
But, let's say that a "loving God" would not have allowed His own son to have to die if He had not allowed evil to enter the world.
Then we would have to rewind the clock. God creates Satan, formerly known as Lucifer, son of the morning. He was the most beautiful of all the angels. But, he doesn't have free will. He can't decide to go for a walk. He just stands there. He just breathes because God told him to. Day in and day out is the same. He just does what he does because it's all he knows to do. There is no right or wrong. There is no danger of falling. And, there is no love. How can one who does not have free will feel love when love is an action, not an emotion? And how can someone who has no free will feel emotion at all anyway?
Our free will is a gift. What we do with it decides the fate of the world for eternity. You have a choice.
I am glad you do.
I love you.