New high school curriculum

I’ve recently finished a website for homeschool students that takes them through a government and economics class (one semester each). This would usually be intended for their senior year in high school. The most important part is that these subjects are taught from a Christian perspective. It utilizes free online resources and requires the students to write three essays and complete a project for each class. The best part about it: it’s free. Anyone can use it. I’d be glad for you to check it out and recommend it to any parent who is homeschooling a child in high school.  It’s easy to remember:  www.thechristianscholar.com

 

A Cake Without Flour

A man walked into bakery and asked the baker to make a chocolate cake.  The baker replied that he could make it within one hour.  “Good,” the man replied, “except I don’t want you to use cocoa in it.”  The baker was confused.  “I thought you wanted a chocolate cake.”  “I do,” the man said, “just make a chocolate cake without cocoa.”  Then the man said, “And don’t use any flour either.”  “Now wait just a minute,” said the baker.  “You can’t have a cake without flour.  Flour is what makes the cake.”  “Well that may be, but I don’t want flour in the cake.”  “So let me get his straight.  You want a chocolate cake, but you don’t want me to use cocoa or flour.  “Sir, you don’t want cake, you want custard.” 

Why talk about a chocolate cake without cocoa or flour?  Because people want the benefits of a Christian society without wanting to confess Jesus Christ as Lord in the public square or base their laws on His word.  Wishing for a return to the 1940’s is not an option.  People in those generations were living off the remnants of a specifically Christian civilization built through men like Justinian and Alfred the Great.  It was not a perfect society, but we have been living off the blessings of their faithfulness for over a thousand years.   This type of civilization doesn’t arise from the ideas of Plato, Marx, or Hammurabi.  It only comes from the Trinitarian God and His word.  Asking for a chocolate cake without flour and cocoa is insane, but it is no less insane than wanting the benefits of a Christian society without acknowledging Christ as Lord over the state.

How should we handle this?

Realizing that it has already received too much fanfare, I have a few thoughts on the health care bill.  Unless you live under a rock, you know the House, in its infinite ignorance wisdom, has passed it.  This is THE bill our President has staked his term on, for better (my tongue is in my cheek) or worse (that’s more like it).  All who call themselves conservative, libertarian, fundamentalist, rednecks, doctors, insurance workers, etc. hate this bill and have said so more than once.  But what should Christians learn from this? 

  1. It’s dangerous to trust a supposed pro-life Democrat.  When it comes to classifying skeletal structures , there are vertebrates, then invertebrates, bananas, and pro-life Democrats.  When the time came for standing behind their convictions, the blue dog pro-life league shut down and caved in to pressure.  Sure they say they have assurances that abortion will not be included, but they still flinched.  Martin Luther said, “Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”  Christian voters should carefully consider this before the next election. (more…)

Stealing peaches to make their cobbler

At American Vision, Gary DeMar explains more clearly than I could why Christianity is a necessity for good morals. 

“So what is the basis for law?…Ultimately, where does morality find its justification, its jurisdictional legitimacy? Every person approaches an ethical norm with a prior commitment to some fundamental interpretive principle. No one is commitmentless. No one approaches anything in a neutral way. There is no agreed upon definition of reason or what’s reasonable.”

If Jesus Christ is really king, then all people (as well as all things) are either for Him or against Him.  All laws are either conformed to His authority or opposed to His authority. 

“What is the basis for morality given material-only assumptions about reality? This approach is a dead-end. R.C. Sproul writes that ‘God’s existence is the chief element in constructing any worldview. To deny this chief premise is to set one’s sails for the island of nihilism. This is the darkest continent of the darkened mind—the ultimate paradise of the fool.’ ”

It is impossible to develop a system of thought without God (or a god).  Even atheism is faith that there is no God, which amounts to faith in your reasoning ability to determine that very fact.  But the person who tries to construct a system of values, if the values are moral, must borrow them from Christianity.  It’s like a cook who wants peach cobbler but doesn’t believe in growing peaches.  His only alternative is to steal the peaches from his neighbor’s orchard.  People want biblical morals in society, but until they bow before Jesus Christ as Lord, they will have to “steal” godly morals from Christians.

Who would benefit?

Governments are still using the weather to their advantage.  Ancient chiefs used weather problems to increase their power over the people, promising them if they would give up something (which usually benefited the chief) the gods would be appeased and change the weather.  Governments today are no better.  They took advantage of the scientist’s (the priests of mother earth worship) faulty, or (shall we say) cooked research.  We were told unless carbon taxes and other environmental regulations were imposed, we would all be doomed.  Who was going to benefit from the proposed laws, taxes, and regulations regarding global warming?  The same organization that would baloon with new bureaucratic offices, tax money, and power over the people if those laws were passed.  Who says history doesn’t repeat itself?