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Notes from GG 27 November 2009

Jacqueline Henderson
to me, Len/Nancy

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The Wisdom of Proverbs! Government’s justice: Prov 29:26 “Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man [all of us] comes from the Lord.” This verse says it all about how the leaders of the US government have promised what isn’t theirs in order to get votes for their own power. Everyone wants something “free” but they do not realize the payment demanded by the gov is loss of the freedoms this country has tried to maintain over the past 200 years. The founders were trying to limit the government’s power over citizens’ lives. The more we ask the government to do for us, the less liberty we have to do for ourselves.

Modern Social ills: lack of respect for parents, self-righteousness greed,selfishness,

From Prov 30.11-14: “ There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, yet is not washed from its own filthiness.” I’ve often heard as a quote “There is a generation that hates its parents.” The Portuguese translation uses the word “disrespects” instead of “hates” which is a translation that conveys personality of the generation.

Each generation does try to be different from their parents, but the one since WWII has demonstrated a complete lack of respect for any aspect of their parents lives – especially their morals. The major quote of the Hippie Generation “don’t trust anyone over the age of 30” illustrated that they are truly “intentional orphans” as explained in the book “Words From The Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the Ten Commandments” by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. No generation has been perfect – that is the human condition. But some have respected their parents; not worshiped them, but at least given them some respect.

In our modern culture, we honor the young rather than worthwhile examples from elders. How modern history books misrepresent the “Founding Fathers” is just one example. By this extreme, almost worshipful attention to the young, we are not taking care of them as we should. We are to discipline (train) our children but some have let the “Pied Pipers” of society (especially entertainment) lead and become surrogate parents. The result was another “Lost Generation” of “Intentional Orphans.” There is a generation that scorns its parents’ instructions (Prov 13:1)

From Hugh Hewit article in NewsMax Nov 27 about the book “Words From The Fire” which has caused me to put it on my wish list of books to read: He quotes the author:

“We live in an age of intentional orphans,” Mohler writes at the start of the chapter on the commandment to “Honor your father and your mother.” “All around us are people who would disregard and disrespect their patrimony, who would reject the tradition and throw off all the inheritance of father and mother in order to be orphans.”

The dozen pages that follow cover not only the crisis in our culture that comes from the wholesale abandonment of this rule, but also a powerful exposition of what parents and churches are called to out of this commandment, as well as a reflection on those who break it routinely. “Augustine asked ‘If anyone fails to honor his parents, is there anyone he will spare,'” Mohler writes. “Those who dishonor parents would dishonor government, would dishonor authority, and would dishonor God.” What many quickly dismiss as the child’s commandment suddenly takes on a societal significance that is more easily seen in the wake of the withdrawal of its influence.”

Based on the above quote from Mohler’s book, I am anticipating what he writes about the other 9 commandments.

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