Ok I’m gonna rock the boat. I don’t personally care to be the boat rocker but I would hate to think of the consequences of staying quiet.
“Make sure no one controls you. They will try to control you by using false reasoning that has no meaning. Their ideas depend on human teachings. They also depend on the basic spiritual powers of this world. They don’t depend on Christ.”
Colossians 2:8 NIRV
has been on my mind. I have picked through this verse. I have looked over definitions of words and have considered its context. And it’s application for today. The words that came to mind was Freedom of Thought. And how free are we to think the way we want. Or how controlled are we to think a certain way?
I keep thinking about the world around me and all the avenues in which thought and ideology is formed. Our basic ideology and philosophy in life begins in childhood. What is important to our parents, was made important to us. The way our parents behaved and lived set the foundational principles for us.
But then I began to think, what about outside forces that encourage a certain way of thought. Public school alone accounts for 18,720 hrs from kindergarten to 12th grade of instructional thought pattern determined by a chosen curriculum. The curriculum is not chosen by you but has the stamp of governmental authority on it. During that 7-8hrs a day your child is expected to follow a certain societal norms or they are deemed troublesome in some sort of fashion. Even the best teachers are hamstrung by bureaucracy.
Now, we also live in a culture that determines that the amount of extracurricular activities that a child is apart of will increase their chances of success. If they don’t have those opportunities they are somehow being neglected or robbed of a better life. The time that the children are in these activities takes time away from the family dynamics.
Now let’s take a look at screen time. We are inundated with screens wherever we turn. We hardly can live without them. They are our primary communication sources. They can be used for wonderful things like spreading the gospel (writing encouraging blog posts etc.) but they also can be destructive. Have you paid attention to your child’s cartoons lately? Have you noticed any certain ideologies they push as facts based upon a human understanding? If we are not careful, what looks like a harmless cartoon could be the introduction to a societal mindset apart from God. That idea is introduced and followed up in school through a picked out curriculum and then solidified in higher education.
Then we look at the typical American Christian family and we can see that most attend worship once a week. Little bible study is done at home by parents or children. A single day of worship ensures the check off of a belief in Jesus. His name is mentioned here and there but He has no real effect on the family life.
So now, what does this have to do with freedom of thought? Have you noticed there is an intolerance for thought patterns that do not fit societal norms? Have you noticed that if you don’t agree with a certain agenda you are labeled biased, ignorant or “the problem”. You are even considered “conspiracy theorist” If you suggest that those in power may have a hidden agenda. These thoughts perpetuate the false idea that humans are inherently “good” which from scripture we can plainly see that humans are inherently evil until we are made righteous through Christ.
The fact is those who break from the norm to live a life based on scriptural beliefs are a problem. It is a problem because they are not deceived by a spiritual enemy who easily deceives men and women apart from Christ. We are a problem to a society where humans are the authority of knowledge not a God who knows and sees all. We are a light in a dark room and our life shines on the evil that is masquerading as righteousness, good will, and wisdom.
So my question to you is, who is teaching the next generation? As a parent have your forfeited your rights to others to tell your children how and what they should think? Are you and your children falling for deceptive philosophies of this world? Would you be able to tell the difference between “your truth, to follow your heart” or THE TUTH.
It’s time to wake up.
“You received Christ Jesus as Lord. So keep on living your lives in him. Have your roots in him. Build yourselves up in him. Grow strong in what you believe, just as you were taught. Be more thankful than ever before. Make sure no one controls you. They will try to control you by using false reasoning that has no meaning. Their ideas depend on human teachings. They also depend on the basic spiritual powers of this world. They don’t depend on Christ.”
Colossians 2:6-8 NIRV
“Here is what the LORD who rules over all is about to do. The Lord will take away from Jerusalem and Judah supplies and help alike. He will take away all the supplies of food and water. He’ll take away heroes and soldiers. He’ll take away judges and prophets. He’ll take away fortune tellers and elders. He’ll take away captains of groups of 50 men. He’ll take away government leaders. He’ll take away advisers, skilled workers and those who are clever at doing evil magic. The LORD will make mere youths their leaders. Children will rule over them. People will treat one another badly. They will fight against one another. They will fight against their neighbors. Young people will attack old people. Ordinary people will attack those who are more important. A man will grab one of his brothers in his father’s house. He will say, “You have a coat. So you be our leader. Take charge of all these broken-down buildings!” But at that time the brother will cry out, “I can’t help you. I don’t have any food or clothing in my house. Don’t make me the leader of these people.” Jerusalem is about to fall. And so is Judah. They say and do things against the LORD. They dare to disobey him to his very face. The look on their faces is a witness against them. They show off their sin, just as the people of Sodom did. They don’t even try to hide it. How terrible it will be for them! They have brought trouble on themselves. Tell those who do what is right that things will go well with them. They will enjoy the results of the good things they’ve done. But how terrible it will be for those who do what is evil! Trouble is about to fall on them. They will be paid back for the evil things they’ve done. Those who are young treat my people badly. Women rule over them. My people, your leaders have taken you down the wrong path. They have turned you away from the right path.”
Isaiah 3:1-12 NIRV