The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Classical>Influence> Discipleship

We Can Do Better…We MUST Do Better!

“We’re not influencing them. They’re influencing us. I’m not influencing them. They’re influencing me.” ~ Christian student in a public school

In 1962 I was a 4th grade student at Cherrybrook Elementary School in Canton, Connecticut. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the most powerful man in the world. And God was God…the creator of it all. Teachers taught us how to think. Preachers saved our souls. Doctors and nurses saved our lives. I was beginning to “see the world rightly” because God was foundational in every aspect of my living, learning, and growing. That changed in 1962 when the Department of Education evicted Biblical Natural Law from our public education system. JFK was dead one year later…and, as many would say, Camelot along with him. It’s been a slow and steady march towards the gates of hell ever since. Prior to our Declaration of Independence, the literacy rate in Massachusetts was 98%, and as Ted Kennedy admitted, according to Matt Hopkins, founder of the Augustine Classical Academy in Mechanicville, NY, has never been surpassed and has only declined. Today it sits at 90.10%…which is scholarly compared to New York at 77.9%! Thank you, Horace Mann…and John Dewey!

From yesterday’s A Psalm & Proverb a Day…

A Psalm (Heart) & Proverb (Wisdom) a Day Drives The Tyrant Away! PS 12:1 Help Lord, for the godly man ceases to be, For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. PR 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.

Wasn’t it Forrest Gump who said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”? I don’t recall seeing a Bible in the movie Forrest Gump, but I know the enemy is very good at making the ungodly appear godly without giving God the credit. In fact…if memory serves me well…didn’t the enemy have a preacher jump in bed with Forrest’s mama, Sally “Flying Nun” Fields? Thank you, Horace Mann…and John Dewey!

So, I opened with the presidents, God, teachers, preachers, doctors, and nurses I knew as a child. Only one of the six has remained true to His mission, purpose, and character. I initiated a dialogue with an individual I have known since I was in the 9th grade. This person has worked as a nurse his/her entire career, and I reached out this past week to get his/her perspective on what has turned our world upside down and divided us even more that we were before the onset’ This was the response I received:

I have to tell you that I am not in favor of government having control over our basic human rights.  I am, however sided with the vaccine mandates of individual corporations. They can set their own standards of practice, and the employee can make their own decision about remaining with or leaving that particular job. I do not quite understand what the problem is with receiving the vaccine, though. People still have the right to not get immunized but is it the concept of “you can’t tell me what to do”, or “I don’t want that in my body” that I don’t get.  If it is the latter, that doesn’t make medical sense to me.  The vaccine is very safe and effective*, decreasing the incidence of severe illness and/or death from COVID-19.  The patients in the hospital died a horrific death, Paul.  Many that didn’t die had sequelae that destroyed their lives for the long term.  I would imagine your friend Donna has many stories from her hospital about this devastating virus and its effects.    Those that are against it and have not received the vaccine have infringed on my rights as a citizen of the USA….my protection of my health and well-being, as well as my ability to come and go without a mask. My point…  just get the vaccine…don’t be afraid (as I think people are falsely scared of its effects) … and we can go on to live a happy and relatively carefree existence on God’s green earth.  Please don’t take this as a personal affront.  It’s not meant to be. I am about educating people as best I can about the positive effects of being protected by the vaccine.  I just feel the need to get the word out that getting the vaccine is not the end of your life, but actually the beginning of a happier one. (* emphasis mine)

My response included attorney Tom Renz’s testimony before Senator Johnson’s Covid Investigation Committee which included evidence presented by three Department of Defense whistleblowers, all doctors (under threat of perjury), showing 300% increase in miscarriages, 300% increase in cancer, and 1,000% increase in neurological issues in their vaccinated population…that, on one side we have people from Fauci, Gates, the Pharma companies and healthcare professionals who had $$$Millions of reasons to lie. On the other side we have people like the Front-Line Doctors, Atty Tom Renz, Dr, Ryan Cole, and hundreds of “whistle-blowers” who risked their careers, reputations, and their lives to tell the truth…that we ALL can and have given ourselves head-fakes (raising my hand high here!), and to please keep our dialogue going.

So that covers the healthcare base. This same week I received this note from a fellow Christian I’ve connected with through the Spiritual Advisory Board to the Children’s Health Defense Fund:

Hello All, I started http://nodeception.org/ in the late summer of 2019 to respond to the growing vaccine propaganda in the Church. My friends and I have been writing responses to the deception for a couple of years now, with only a few in the church hearing us above the megaphoned megachurch leaders calling it “sin” not to vaccinate and mask. This is the FIRST outlet with any reach to finally call out these churches for being lap dogs to Fauci’s superior, and partner in crime, professing Christian, Francis Collins. He just resigned as head of NIH. https://www.dailywire.com/news/how-the-federal-government-used-evangelical-leaders-to-spread-covid-propaganda-to-churches Please read and share widely. It is worldliness and hubris that allowed these pastors and leaders to fall prey to deception. And none of them are repenting. I will be writing a piece adding to this, about the churches/orgs we have gone to during this time, including some mentioned in this article. I hope you will share that as well when it is finished. ~ Fellow Christian

Which brings us, in my humble opinion, to the scene of the original crime…thank you Horace Mann and John Dewey! Yes, in this very same week I attended the Warwick Valley School Board of Education meeting Thursday night. And that very morning, my friend and CLOTH (Christian Leaders Of The Hudson) colleague had a one hour phone conversation with Matt Hopkins, the founder of Augustine Classical Academy. Matt was the teacher the Christian student spoke the words to in the quote at the top of the page, that turned his head and heart around, leading to ACA’s inception in 2009. As he says in this video I highly encourage you to watch, “Jesus said we should be fishers of men. But He NEVER said we should use our children as bait! Be a parachute!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE6QqIC_RRc

I realized as I sat listening to parent after parent address School Superintendent Dr. Leach and the board, that while public education may be a mission field, it has become something more of a mine field over the years. I had this chilling Stockholm Syndrome-like feel watching the parents warm to the people who have ignored science, the law, Constitutional rights of their students, their physical, and emotional well-being, and their education…for VERY large sums of cash. They warmed to them Thursday night because the board appeared to finally side with them on the mask mandates.

All of this comes full circle to the question of discipleship. John Dewey turned the ship away from the Classical Education system that had produced generations of men and women who forged paths of greatness because they had learned to see the world rightly, towards citizenship and vocational training to become compliant worker bees…who have now become very lost and angry bees. The “chronological snobbery” of new is good, old is bad, turns out to be the great lie. As Matt points out, “All education is a discipleship. The question is, to what? We have a great big bow that shoots very straight arrows, because we have an amazing legacy!” I believe its time for the American People to reclaim it! Math to see the world as God sees it. Science to understand the world as God made it. And History to know God’s providential hand working through men over time.

Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. ~ Isaiah 40:31

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