Dinner Topics Newsletter: Character Education

June 2016 Dinner Topics Newsletter: Character Education

Culture Wars

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narcissism2                “THE GREAT GOOD AND THE TERRIBLE EVIL IN THE WORLD TODAY ARE THE SWEET AND THE BITTER FRUITS of the rearing of yesterday’s children,” said Gordon B. Hinckley, Christian leader. “As we train a new generation, so will the world be in a few years. If you are worried about the future, then look to the upbringing of your children.”

  Well, the future is here, and many are the bitter fruits.

The most dramatic fruits we see on the scene today are the generation called Millennials, or those who came of age at the turn of the century. They don’t know they are bitter fruits, of course, because they don’t know what they don’t know.

Studies on college campuses show that people of the self-deceived Millennial generation are so self-centered and enslaved to political correctness that they refuse to identify even blatantly wrong behavior. Anyone who points out moral absolutes is considered mean. They also suppress their own moral compass, and refuse to admit that they can do wrong. Since they can do no wrong, it obviously follows that they take no responsibility for their own actions, but have no problem blaming anyone and everyone else.  Everything has to be worded a certain way, or they are offended. They are also used to instant gratification, and have no patience for working through problems that are not solved quickly.

They are educated in public schools, where the plague of moral relativism has infected their minds.  Whatever feels good is ok, and to them, moral absolutes in daily choices are “no big deal.” The Millennial mindset comes of being pampered all their lives, and the chief objective is “self esteem,” whether it is earned or not, and right or wrong is not even factored into it.  As a result of this false self-esteem, their arrogance is astonishing.  Above all, “you must not judge,” or point out if someone is doing wrong. The philosophies of men, mingled with scripture.

greatest-generation3-vs-entitled               How did this happen?

                Let’s go back a little in history. At the close of World War 2, the Greatest Generation had defeated Hitler, but socialism remained at large. Godless socialists launched the greatest culture war of all time.

After the Supreme Court decree of 1963, when God was banished from the schools, the moral absolutes of the Bible disappeared as well. They were replaced by Satan’s deceitful plan of moral relativism, which eliminates right and wrong. Thus anything goes—all are saved in their sins, not from them.

Many parents, caught in this devilish doctrine when raising their children, resorted to what Christian leader Thomas S. Monson calls one of the plagues of our day: permissiveness.

moral-relativism-general            What have we done? When we search for answers, we see a nation once founded on Judeo-Christian moral values, once a beacon of liberty and hope to all the world. Thenceforth we have seen our society regress to immorality, to mass murders, to tyranny, to persecution of Bible believers.

This is what happens when a nation rejects God. With all our so-called education, we have not taught students the one most important truth of all—that God lives, and that He loves us. I feel compassion for our children. We have taken from them the key to happiness—a moral compass. Instead, they are growing up in a society without respect, without common decency—without faith, hope, or love.

quote-look-God-live   Atheism has failed. It produces misery wherever and whenever it is tried. It is time to let go of that failure and return to what works—the Great Plan of Happiness. And where is that plan found? In the Bible.

Our children have been robbed of their birthright of biblical values, cheated out of the plan of happiness, because parents and schools threw away the moral compass vital to God’s children. We owe it to our children to turn away from the philosophy of spiritual death and to once again look to God, and live.

Highlights

  • Facing the unavoidable Opposition in our Mortal Journey
  • Stress Relief Tip: the Plan of Happiness
  • The vital role of Fathers in God’s plan

 

Thanks for visiting. Come often; Stay Late,

Discovering the joys of Character Education,

Christine Davidson

Stress Relief Tip of the Month: The Plan of Happiness

happymarriagewordsJune is the month when many young couples get married. Blushing brides sail through the wedding ceremony with high expectations of living “happily ever after.” Then, at some point after the honeymoon is over, they wonder why they aren’t happy. They search frantically to somehow fulfill their unrealistic expectations about “happiness.”

Failing to face reality in the first place, they take a drug to eliminate depression, because they want a quick fix and don’t want to take the trouble to build their character the old fashioned way. Oh, they have a fake sense of euphoria they think is happiness, but it doesn’t last. They get more and more depressed, blaming it on everyone but themselves, and take more and more pills to fix it. Then when they get even more out of touch with reality, everything gets blown out of proportion.

Someone said, if you are not happy, what part of the Plan of Happiness are you not doing? Are you obsessed with money? Try being grateful for the blessings you do have. Do you get furiously upset when things don’t go your way? Try growing up, humbly accepting our lifelong battle with selfishness we all have to overcome. Is the person you married doing everything wrong? Try looking in the mirror at your own failings. You must be happy on your own account, not expect somebody else to do it for you. That’s an unfair burden to place on anyone. Have you noticed that most of the things you accuse your spouse of, you are doing yourself? If we are honest with ourselves, we have to learn this lesson.

And don’t forget, the best and quickest way to be happy is to make someone else happy.

 

Classical Music this month provided by: Schumann, Grieg, Gounod

News and Updates:

Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

The U.S. Constitution is the key to securing liberty for all Americans — yet very few know exactly what it says, and what freedoms it protects. Hillsdale College is dedicating this year to educating millions of Americans about this critical document. That’s why the College is offering its most popular course, “Constitution 101” for free, when you sign up now. 

NEW PAGE!

If you missed the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural topics, you can visit our new Inspiration Page . Topics include Biblical Worldview, Eternal Perspective, American Dream, and more, plus theme-related quotations.

New Categories: Character Education, Patriotism

Theme Quotes for June: Character Education

It is so obvious that the great good and the terrible evil in the world today are the sweet and the bitter fruits of the rearing of yesterday’s children. As we train a new generation, so will the world be in a few years. If you are worried about the future, then look to the upbringing of your children. ~Gordon B. Hinckley

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. ~Oliver Wendell Homes
“The face of sin today often wears the mask of tolerance. Do not be deceived; behind that facade is heartache, unhappiness, and pain. … If your so-called friends urge you to do anything you know to be wrong, you be the one to make a stand for right, even if you stand alone.” ~Thomas S. Monson

We may be bucking a strong tide, but we must teach our children that sin is sin. ~Spencer W. Kimball

Obedience to God is the habit of a free man. ~James Talmadge

Whether we recognize it or not, we are connected with our past . . . people who care nothing for the past usually have no thought for the future and are selfish in the way they use the present. (World Conference 1980)

friends-future-faithFor the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. ~Mosiah 3:19

Spencer W. Kimball : The day obedience becomes a quest and not an irritation is the day you gain power.

Spencer W. Kimball : Love people, not things; use things, not people.

Choose your friends with caution, plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith. ~Thomas S. Monson

picture-quote-decisions-destinyNever grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be. 

The secret to having it all is knowing that  you already do.

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” ― Alexander Pope

Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. ~Edmund Burke

It has been said that the door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people’s lives. The choices we make determine our destiny. ~Thomas S. Monson

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

isaiah-good-called-evilWoe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~Isaiah 5:20

The opposite of Courage: “Most of the world fears the raised fist while we in America fear the raised eyebrow.” ~Mack Stiles

June Preview

The Dinner Topic Theme for June: Character Education

Featured Topics

The Parenting Value for this month: Justice and Mercy

Defining Moment: Love vs. Indulgence

Famous Birthdays: Schumann, Adam Smith, Grieg, Gounod, Frederic Bastiat

Culture Wars: Movie—Empires Rise and Fall When They Reject God as Their Anchor

A lesson from Lord of the Rings: See it through

Quote-fathersFamily: The vital role of Fathers in God’s plan

Teaching children to strengthen their internal government

Founding American Principles 27: Avoiding the burden of debt

Hillsdale Imprimis: The danger of the “Black Lives Matter” movement

History: Calvin Coolidge, the frugal president

Adam Smith and the development of capitalism

Frederic Bastiat, the Law, and consequences

Moral Solutions—always looking for reasons for optimism:

Truth Zone: More facts on Immigration, issue of the century

You will see added emphasis in Truth Zone from now on. We hope you will find that we are a reliable source of Truth in your search for information amidst the sea of lies, corruption, mass deception, and cover-ups spewing from politicians and media. Instead of Tea Party updates, we will highlight important news items.

And as always—current events, updates, and analysis

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Current Events

This is a must-read if you want to take America back:

Truth Zone: America First— Donald Trump Foreign Policy

What’s Best for America? Defeat the Left!

Big Picture—What do Americans really Want?

They want their country back, and will do what it takes

What about compassion for American Citizens?

This year, this section will contain Truth Zone posts. The mainstream media is now blatantly lying, savaging only those Americans who speak truth and truly want to protect our country. They ignore history and facts. The wicked take the truth to be hard.

Pray that God will raise up someone who understands that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Pray that we would be transformed back to a nation that honors God. ~Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association

It isn’t about ideology anymore.  It isn’t about conservatism and being thoroughbred conservative.  It’s about stopping what has been put in play by Barack Obama and the Democrat Party.  A majority of the American people continue to hear Barack Obama and the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton, and they know that if this party continues to win, the things that have been done that damaged this country are going to continue. ~Rush Limbaugh

TRUTH: Immigration moratorium is already part of U.S. law. There is nothing illegal or unconstitutional about it.

Truth Zone: History Facts and Immigration Laws

 

Ongoing

1. Let Us Educate Ourselves

2. Home Education—Let’s Teach our Children!

freedomtorch“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”–Ronald Reagan

Seeing the widespread injury done in any given week, (many incidents go unreported), stay aware of important news and insights at Epicworld Dinner Topics.

Traditional Bible-believing parents may have to consider withdrawing their children from public schools to protect your family spiritually and financially from the rising tide of persecution and ruinous lawsuits by anti-Christian fascists.

If it is not possible for you to home school, try to teach your children Judeo-Christian values at home. The easiest way to do this is to tell stories and discuss principles at the family dinner table. I hope these dinner topics help you with this vital effort. Just don’t give up! Our precious children are worth fighting for!

3. Study the U.S. Constitution!

Start your free Constitution 101 course today.

The U.S. Constitution is the key to securing liberty for all Americans — yet very few know exactly what it says, and what freedoms it protects. Hillsdale College is dedicating this year to educating millions of Americans about this critical document. That’s why the College is offering its most popular course, “Constitution 101” for free, when you sign up now. 

It is the last remaining safeguard of our precious freedoms! A good way to do this is to study the monthly Constitution series from The 5,000 Year Leap. To access this series of posts, type US Constitution Series in this site’s search bar. Also, look for posts that refer to the Constitution in current events.

Thanks for all you do,

C.A. Davidson

Parents’ Resources

NEW PAGE! If you miss the newsletter, or just want an inspirational message on cultural topics, you can visit our new Inspiration Page. Topics include Biblical Worldview, Eternal Perspective, American Dream, and more.

New Categories! Character Education, Patriotism It is hoped that with these more specific categories, it will be easier for you to access our vast and growing archives of valuable information.

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One comment on “Dinner Topics Newsletter: Character Education

  1. Christine, this is REALLY superb! Thank you for all you are doing to save this one GREAT NATION! May the Lord bless you in all of your endeavors!!!!

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