As I watched a television program on Sunday night, I found myself very disturbed. It was a debate between two pastors as one believed that homosexual men should marry. This pastor said that he felt that it was a spiritual experience when one man married another. My pastor often says that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. I think that Christians have been too passive for way to long. I also feel that we are too busy being preoccupied with our own lives to do God’s work. I was cut to the heart as I saw that this pastor was attempting to defend homosexual acts and attitudes. However, I hope that you will join me in standing up for Christianity and what the bible says about homosexuality. I hope that you will agree with me that homosexuality is an abomination within the eyesight of God. The devil has let his people roam free and Chrisitans don’t even know it. I want to make it clear that I do not have any angst against homosexuality. However, what God calls sin in the bible, it is sin to me. Let us not be ignorant and passive anymore. If you know the bible, defend it. If you don’t know the bible or Jesus, I invite you to know him.
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On of the staples of the Obama administration was to strengthen the United States educational system. I am commenting on an article from the publication on the US Department of Education. One of the ways improve the educational state of the US is to improve the conditions of our schools and teachers. You can find this article at http://www.2.ed.gov. Around my community in SC, teachers have only made approximately under $30,000. How can the person with the community responsibility of education make such little headway economically. Our teachers have to teach (in some cases) public behavior and academic priority. Mostly as it stands now, our teachers are teaching multiple subjects for quick results by administration. I am just saying that we should understand and respect the responsibility of our teachers. Our teachers are the core of society.
It has been a while since I have investigated this. I did some research about the best education. I do have something that I want to talk about in reference to an article in Yahoo. In today’s society, we often want the best bang for the best buck. We should also want the same educationally. In a recent article in Yahoo Finance, the best college has been determined as the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. (Not just because of the rich basketball history) It has the best monetary value for the education. However, this honor did come with great loss, according to the article. So many schools and universities have had to cut many sources of funding. There are so many factors that come into play when talking about value and education. We first think about teacher to student ratio, the prospect that our students are getting the attention that they need. We also tend to think of the administrative and business costs. There is still a dark road ahead financially. However, it is with great enthusiam that we must support our local educational institutions and avenues. Next are the resources and public funding. Where will this come from? We have to find ways to keep our educational system afloat.
Our mathematics system has failed us greatly within the last few decades. Students are often not provoked into creative and deep questions. Textbooks are used as sources not resources. Our students are heavily dependent on calculators and other means of computation outside of the natural brain. We depend to heavily on technology to relieve us of the burden of teaching. It seems as if our students are graded on single subject or material aptitude rather than retention and understanding of how one area relates to another. For example, addition and multiplication have a likeness in much of the same manner in which division and subtraction have a likeness.How do we revamp a broken system? I will offer a few suggestions
- We have to show our students the benefits of math, why it matters, and how to conquer it. Education has to be interesting among all things. We have to show them the passion and intensity that learning takes. Passion catches on.
- Show them the many correlations that math offers. If you know how to add, you can easily learn how to multiply. If you know how to subtract, dividing won’t be so bad. If this 4 basic skills are strong, then other aspects such as algebra, geometry, and calculus aren’t as intimidating. Basics are key in all things, especially math.
- Teach the material, not the test. Society is results driven as results are in indicator of success. However, we have to be careful to prepare students for college, not just for the next grade. Our students should have a broad ranged knowledge of a lot of things, not just a high amount of knowledge in one thing.
- Communication between parents, teachers, administrators. Parents should always be proactive, teachers should be hospitable and understanding, administrators should see the big picture of the student and not a commodity that needs to be put to a price.
I hope you enjoy this…….
- Two heads are better than one. Ask questions…..
- A good leader always makes sure that there is a common denominator among those he leads. Don’t be a tyrant within your family, among your friends, in your community, or wherever you may be.
- Be careful and make sure that there is a good probability for success in whatever venture or direction you may take. Anything below 50%, you are possibly asking for trouble.
- Eliminate division in your family; at the end of the day, your family matters. If you don’t think so, ask someone who doesn’t have one.
- Be fruitful and multiply. Have children, adopt, be a mentor, share a conversation with a friend, show kindness to a stranger, shake hands and give hugs, have a pet, smile, be peaceful.
- Make sure that you are in good shape. Don’t live your life as a circle. Be healthy and active.
- Add knowledge. Knowledge is power. Read a book, learn about the world around you, go to a museum, visit the library, investigate a documentary, listen to a historian, listen to the wise among you……….
- Subtract hatred, revenge, spite, immorality, racism, bigotry, sexism, ignorance, profanity, vulgarity. The world is better off without these things.
- Make sure that someone can count on you. Be a friend, be something special to someone.
- And last but definitely not least, 3 nails and 1 cross = 4given. Accept Jesus Christ into your life. Jesus Christ, you don’t want to leave earth without him.
As I look upon the children of this generation, they don’t look back. Why? Head down, texting away, facebook timeline, the latest trends and fashion, ipods with downloads of the latest albums. These things are not bad within and of themselves. Our kids should enjoy these types of luxuries. However, freedom comes with a price. Lagging behind in mathematics and sciences when the US was once the dominant educational leader. Teen pregnancy; we tell them to use a condom, why don’t we teach abstinence. Fatherless and broken homes; our sons, angry at the world with no direction and our daughters looking for love in the wrong places.No musician will ever be my child’s spokesman. No athlete will ever be my child’s role model. The world tells us that singers, rappers, and athletes are very talented and this is true. However, is a mind a terrible thing to waste? Is it the former generation that failed? Have the sins of the mothers and fathers rested on the children? Communication, being there, creating a dialogue, reevaluating priorities, setting standards, loving one another. The ways in which we save our kids.
No positive end in sight. It is a dreary road ahead. Even with the rising of a new election year, I can still hear those empty promises ringing strong. I would admonish you to grab ahold of faith and do not let go. I once heard a wise man say that if a man stands for nothing, he will fall for anything. Faith in God is key. When it comes to your future, your talent, your money, your life, your career, your education, God is there to hear you. All you have to do is sincerely call upon him and carry no burdens upon yourself. We should still vote, march, walk, protest wrongdoing with a spiritual mindset. I am reminded of the story of the three Hebrew boys in the bible that were bound. There were assigned to be cast into the fire by a king. The boys told the king that God would save them from the flames. The next statement is the kind of faith that builds a statue. They told the king that they still would not bow to him even if there were not spared. So, I have said that to say this. We have to commit to something more powerful than ourselves at any cost. We have given to much power to money, to politicians, to all others who can easily fail us. However, we have to learn to give in to God and learn his plan for our lives.