Thursday, 22 July 2010

Tony's Story

Have you heard this commercial,
The brewers of Canada would like you to listen to Tony's story...

A parent (Tony) tells how he always told his son that if he was at a party and needed a ride, to call his dad and he would pick him up. then he says how he himself was out the other night and decided he was alright to drive. His son was home when he got ther and, Tony says, "Boy, did he ever give it to me!"

Frankly, I think this message is completely wrong-headed. First of all, Tony's concern seems to have been, not that he drive while impaired, but that his son was angry with him.

But the greater thing, in my mind, is that this is an indication of much of what is wrong in our world today. That is, the parents are no longer in control of their kids. They are no longer the authority figures. Rather, they are victims of their children's opinion of them. The parent seeks the approval of his children. The kids are in charge. The kids have control. It drives me crazy when I hear a parent, even of a very young child, ask them to do something and then tack on, to the end of the request, "OK?" As in, "Pick up your things and put them away, OK?" It just seems to me that it makes the parent a wimp, asking the kid permission for the request.

Our children need firm guidance and instruction and many parents today seem fearful of providing it. What they do not need is the kind of empowerment and fearful kow-towing that turns the parent/child relationship upside down.

Take Care

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Roman Catholics & Protestants

Here is last Sunday's sermon from Edson Baptist Church. I was not there; I was at St Pauls Anglican in Edmonton, but I listened to Pastor Terry's sermon online and found it quite good; interesting and, from a Baptist point of view, quite gracious. You may not agree with all of it (or any of it) but if you have just under an hour to spare, give it a listen.
Listen here

Take Care

Saturday, 3 July 2010

A Libertarian View of Gay Marriage

From Stand Firm
This is a very good article - a little long by most blogs' standards, but once you start reading, it goes quickly, and I found myself wanting more.

The article is a very good one, but in my opinion, it addresses not so much the specific issue of gay marriage, as the general deterioration of the institution as a result of, or at least in parallel to, the general decline in the areas of morality and personal accountability and responsiblity, along with the increase in sexual freedom (or licence) and the growing sense of entitlement of many people.

Included in the article is a lengthy quote from GK Chesterton, which includes this gem, edited slightly for context:
There are reformers who (assume) that all their fathers were fools; but if that be so, we can only say that folly appears to be a hereditary disease.

This expresses, in true Chestertonian fashion, my own disdain of what I call, "cultural," or, "chronological arrogance." It is the tendency of may liberals, or reformers as Chesterton calls them, to assume that we, "moderns" have now got it all together where our predecessors in previous generations somehow missed the point. It assumes that we are somehow more intelligent, or culturally superior to anyone who has come before us. Today it manifests itself in the areas of sexual morality (I suppose the Playboy Philosophy started it all), the rampant epidemic of drug abuse and the call for the legalization of marijuana (the desire for self-satisfaction, stemming from self-centeredness probably contributing greatly) and the sense of many that they should be rewarded by society for their very existence; owed a living whether they want to work for it or not.

There are those in the Christian community who preach that various disasters, natural (hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.) or by the hand of man (9/11), are judgments from God for our turning our collective backs on Him. I do not go that far, but I believe there are consequences for our abandoning God, as much of our western society has done. There are consequences for putting ourselves ahead of Him. There are consequences for the type of radical selfishness we see all around us. But these are nothing new; they go right back to the beginning. They are a manifestation of the natural human tendency to be the most important thing in the universe, and the refusal to accept that we are not.

Throughout history, empires and civilizations have risen and fallen, each one probably thinking theirs would be the one to last forever. Ours is no exception, and ours, I expect, will at some point go the way of all the others.

Take Care