Parents as Teachers: Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Parents as Teachers:

Christian Moral Standards and Biblical Values for Children and Youth

Written, Not with Ink

C.A. Davidson

keyoldAnd we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. (2 Nephi 25:26 )

 

Moses and 10 cropJochebed, mother of Moses, gently laid her infant son in a carefully crafted little ark, then watched over the short river journey of her precious cargo until he was safely in the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter. Even then, in the king’s court, she was there, nursing him and vigilant in his care.

Despite the opposition of those who would have killed him, Moses grew to manhood, delivered his people from bondage, and left to the world the priceless moral code known as the Ten Commandments. Moses went on to his reward, but opposition to his work continues.

In the New World, about 148 B.C., the prophet Abinadi was put to death by a king, for defending the plan of salvation and the Ten Commandments.

This revered code has been preserved, found today inscribed in stone or metal. The Ten Commandments have been ridiculed, forbidden, removed from public display. Yet within the calm eye of stormy hostility, this code remains serene, steadfast, and immovable.

After the children of Israel broke the Ten Commandments and other higher laws, Moses was instructed to create a complex structure of rules and regulations.

Today, many try to replace the Ten Commandments with gargantuan legal documents of government regulation.

10commandmentsLaws of men come and go. People have been killed or thrown in jail defending the Ten Commandments. But this moral code persists as a foundation for all civilized societies. Why? Because its Author is absolute— the same, yesterday, today, and forever. The Ten Commandments are moral absolutes.

Those whose behavior is consistent with moral absolutes are guided by what is called “internal government.” These individuals can successfully govern themselves, but are accountable to a just God.

When internal government breaks down, external government takes over, with rules, regulation, and bureaucracy. Persons under external government are accountable to men, who may not be just.

lesmisbookIn Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, a timeless novel about justice and mercy, hero Jean Valjean served in prison for decades because he stole one loaf of bread. He learned about mercy when a compassionate priest bought his freedom with two valuable silver candle holders. Because of that gracious gift, Valjean lived out his life serving and bringing joy to others. But Javert, his jailer, refusing to accept the price paid for Jean’s deliverance, became obsessed with re-capturing him. Failing in his objective, Javert finally ended his own miserable life. Such is the state of man at the hands of human justice.

In a civilized society, however, justice must be served, or there would be nothing to deter evil and protect the innocent. But much as we may desire to be morally perfect, we all fall short. What is to be done?

Many today reject moral absolutes because, like Javert, they do not understand the plan of mercy. A loving Father in heaven knew that his children would fail to keep all the commandments that justice required. Only His perfect Son could meet the absolute demands of justice and pay the price for His children’s deliverance.

Gethsemane2Parents need not be afraid of holding their children to high moral standards. The atonement of Christ is a safety net in the times of falling short, but it is fastened to repentance. Like Valjean, our children must forsake evil, or justice will have claims upon them.

If we as parents, like Jochebed, diligently train, nurture, and safeguard the internal government in our children, their souls will remain clean and whole when all around them are falling apart. Despite the fading ink of human doctrine, our children can remain true to eternal principles, written, not with ink, but in the fleshy tables of their hearts. (2Cor.3:3)

But remember, “It is easier to prepare and prevent than to repair and repent.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

Children prepared with strong internal government will always make honor and virtue their choice; they will triumph over evil, and rejoice.

 

Dinner Topics for Tuesday

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  1. Give examples in the world today of human injustice, in which the Ten Commandments have been perverted and the atonement of Christ is denied.
  2. If we do our very best to live high moral standards, but fall short, what must we do to receive the mercy of Christ?

 

Copyright © 2010 by Christine A. Davidson

 

True to the Faith

By Evan Stephens

 

truth1Shall the youth of Zion falter in defending truth and right?

While the enemy assaileth, shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!

While we know the powers of darkness seek to thwart the work of God,

Shall the children of the promise cease to grasp the iron rod? No!

 

We will work out our salvation; we will cleave unto the truth;

We will watch and pray and labor with the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!

We will strive to be found worthy of the kingdom of our Lord,

With the faithful ones redeemed who have loved and kept his word. Yes!

 

ShieldresizeTrue to the faith that our parents have cherished,

True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,

To God’s command, soul, heart, and hand,

Faithful and true we will ever stand.

 

 

Christian Standards for Children and Youth

 

holyspiritI will follow Heavenly Father’s plan for me.

I will listen to the Holy Spirit.

I will choose the right. I know I can repent when I make a mistake.

I will be honest with Heavenly Father, others, and myself.

I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.

girlmodesty_largeI will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

I will honor my parents and do my part to strengthen my family.

I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me.

I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself.

familyprayerI will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.

I will seek good friends and treat others kindly.

I will do my part to strengthen my family.

 

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Judeo-Christian Culture: Moral Compass Theme Quotes

Judeo-Christian Culture:

Moral Compass Theme Quotes

Moral Compass Quotes

He that thinks absolute power purifies men’s blood and corrects the baseness of human nature, need only read history to be convinced to the contrary. ~John Locke

Courage to Stand

Christ has not called us to be nice but to be good. Nice people never confront evil, but good people do. ~Bryan Fischer

“It is a time of permissiveness, with society in general routinely disregarding and breaking the laws of God.” ~Thomas S. Monson

Always and ever, there must be an exercise of discipline—moral discipline founded on faith in God the Father and the Son and what They can achieve with us through the atoning grace of Jesus Christ. ~D. Todd Christofferson

But behold he doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies, but that we should put our trust in him, and he will deliver us. Therefore, . . . let us resist evil. ~Alma 61: 13-14

We have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization. ~John Rhys-Davies (Gimli in Lord of the Rings)

Discernment and Judgement

“We live in a time when even the wisest will be hard-pressed to distinguish truth from clever deception.” ~Henry B. Eyring

Remember: sin, even if legalized by man, is still sin in the eyes of God! ~Russell M. Nelson

We live in an age of appeasement—the sacrificing of principle. Appeasement is not the answer. It is never the right answer. ~Ezra Taft Benson

Evolution has a lot of holes filled with Silly Putty, but the one gaping wound they cannot hide is the Moral Law. ~Keith Merrill

Judgmentthe spirit of wisdom . . . .enabling a person to discern [choose] between right and wrong, good and evil. ~Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828,

¶Beware of afalse prophets, which come to you in bsheep’s clothing, but cinwardly they are ravening dwolves.  Ye shall aknow them by their bfruits. ~Matthew 7:15-16

For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.~  2 Nephi 28:20

Therefore my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge.

~Isaiah 5:13

Integrity

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. ~James 1:8

Disregard for the commandments has opened the way for what I consider to be the plagues of our day. They include the plague of permissiveness, the plague of pornography, the plague of drugs, the plague of immorality, and the plague of abortion, to name just a few. ~Thomas S. Monson

We need to teach and help raise a sin-resistant generation. we need [to have] a bedrock understanding of the doctrine of Christ and [to] use that understanding to teach and help raise a sin-resistant generation. Russell M. Nelson

“True greatness is never a result of a chance occurrence or a onetime effort or achievement. Greatness requires the development of character. It requires a multitude of correct decisions in every day choices between good and evil that Elder Boyd K Packer spoke about when he said, ‘Over the years these little choices will be bundled together and show clearly what we value.’ “Those choices will also show clearly what we are.” ~Howard W. Hunter

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

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. ~Proverbs 20:7

All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; my lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid. Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. ~Job 27:3-5

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
~Abraham Lincoln

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” ~John Adams

 

Truth vs. Deception

We need [men and] women who can detect deception in all of its forms. ~Russell M. Nelson

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. ~Matthew 24:24

Beware of the evil behind the smiling eyes. ~Neil L. Andersen

“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

Tolerance for behavior is like a two-sided coin. Tolerance or respect is on one side of the coin, but truth is always on the other. ~ Dallin H. Oaks

Perhaps the best example [of moral relativism] is the self-esteem movement. It has had an almost wholly negative effect on a generation of Americans raised to have high self-esteem without having earned it. They then suffer from narcissism and an incapacity to deal with life’s inevitable setbacks. But self-esteem feels good. ~Dennis Prager

We believe in absolute truth, including the existence of God and the right and wrong established by His commandments. We know that the existence of God and the existence of absolute truth are fundamental to life on this earth, whether they are believed in or not. We also know that evil exists and that some things are simply, seriously, and everlastingly wrong. ~ Dallin H. Oaks

 

 

Winning Edge: Victory for Life; End Mueller Probe; Defund the UN

Winning Edge:

Victory for Life; End Mueller Probe; Defund the UN

Victory for Life, Media silent

That great victory for life from Argentina

Now, we are staring in amazement at a nation that simply said no, and in so doing, achieved a stunning victory for life. There are many lessons for America in the stunning victory for life that happened this week in Argentina.

By Monica Showalter

It was utterly radical news from the other end of the hemisphere that the press didn’t seem to want to talk about much.

As Ireland and Chile were falling to the abortion forces and getting great media coverage about how they’d finally foisted ‘progress‘ upon their once-Catholic nations, Argentina of all places pushed back resoundingly in the opposite direction, with its Senate taking a stunning stance in favor of life, despite a big global pro-abortion campaign in the name of ‘women’s rights.’ And that came despite a big press buildup cheering the other side on as the only side worth reporting on.

Wow. Even many pro-lifers have up until now viewed the defense of life as almost a rearguard battle, triage in the name of keeping life alive as an issue in the hopes of a better day, given the size and power of foes such as Planned Parenthood and its mainstream media allies. All ‘respectable’ Democrats support the killing of the unborn. Pretty much all Hollywood actresses support Planned Parenthood. And certainly the press covers just one side of the issue – the pro-abortion side, because supporting life is just … unthinkable. It’s a juggernaut, and not only is it deep, it’s worldwide. The Irish abortion vote earlier this year, which forces even Catholic hospitals to perform abortion even if it goes against conscience, was horrible.

Now, we are staring in amazement at a nation that simply said no, and in so doing, achieved a stunning victory for life. Here’s what it looks like in Argentina now:

Read more:

That great victory for life from Argentina
Aug 11, 2018 01:00 am

Poll: 52% want Mueller probe to end

Nearly a third of Democrats also want the investigation over

By Rick Moran

A Zogby poll released yesterday shows that a solid majority of voters want the investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election to end.  Only 30% want it to continue.

Perhaps most shockingly, 32% of Democrats want the probe stopped.

Washington Examiner:

“Voters might have Russia fatigue,” said the poll analysis.  “A majority thinks it’s time to wrap-up Mueller’s Russia probe, and so do a third of Democrats.  There might be fear that the Russia probe will undermine Democratic chances in November to take back control of Congress,” it added.

The Zogby Analytics survey delivered some other good news to the White House.

It found that President Trump’s approval rating has rebounded to 46 percent, and that he is winning the support of a majority of union members.

Trump’s supporters remain strong, with 86 percent approving, and he won older voters.

“Among 30- 49-year-olds, his numbers jumped from 43 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove to 48 percent approve and 50 percent disapprove.  Voters who were age 50-64 were most likely to approve of the president – 54 percent approve/45 percent disapprove,” added Zogby.

 

Poll: 52% want Mueller probe to end

Aug 10, 2018 01:00 am

 

Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘It’s About Time’ We Defund the United Nations

Penny Starr

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) called on the United States to stop funding the United Nations (U.N.) given its anti-Israel and anti-American bias in remarks made at the Christian United for Israel (CUFI) summit on Tuesday in Washington, DC.

“We continue to send money to the U.N. for countries who are anti-American and anti-Israel — it’s got to stop,” Meadows said.

“Don’t you think it’s about time that it stops?” Meadows said. “It’s about time.”

According to the Brookings Institution, the United States is the biggest funder of the United Nations, which is headquartered in New York City:

In absolute terms, the U.S. is the largest overall funder at $14.1 billion per year, providing 22 percent of the sample’s resources. The U.K. is the second-largest funder at $7.6 billion (12 percent) followed by Japan at $5.4 billion (9 percent) and Germany at $4.4 billion (7 percent). These four countries contribute approximately 50 percent of the total funding.

Meadows, who is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, also remarked on the left-wing media’s response to President Donald Trump’s recent tweet warning Iranian leaders not to make threats against the United States.

“They left went crazy,” Meadows said, “over a tweet.”

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Legal Insurrection.com for his great cartoon

“Where were they when $1.7 billion was sent to Iran as a ransom,” Meadows said, referring to the Obama administration transfer of cash as part of its nuclear agreement with Iran.

“It’s about time we stand up and say enough is enough,” Meadows said as the crowd rose to its feet.

Meadows and other lawmakers spoke at the summit ahead of participants traveling to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with members of Congress.

This year’s summit takes place on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

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Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘It’s About Time’ We Defund the United Nations

NAACP’s own poll reveals surge in black support for Trump – and they react badly

Hungary Bans Gender Studies Programs

 

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America First: Wisconsin new Jobs Available 13,000; Taxpayer Money Saved; United Nations Push Back

America First:

Wisconsin new Jobs Available 13,000; Taxpayer Money Saved; United Nations Push Back

Wisconsin new Jobs Available 13,000

Trump Celebrates Foxconn Plant in Wisconsin

RUSH: This is kind of cool. President Trump is right now, as we speak, in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, at the ribbon cutting for the new Foxconn plant there. Foxconn is the Taiwanese company that assembles iPhones in both mainland China and India, a number of other places. And they’re opening a plant in Wisconsin, 13,000 jobs will be created. I think they’re gonna make LCD screens or any number of sized TV sets and iPad size. I don’t think they got much to do with iPhone production there, but Trump just talked about how brilliant a guy Scott Walker is.

Scott Walker said this would have never happened — Foxconn, nobody would have ever come to Wisconsin to open this plant, 13,000 new jobs — if it weren’t for the Donald Trump. And that is undeniably true. So much of what’s happened in the country that had not happened before in the modern era, recent years. Trump’s making it happen.

Poll: More Americans Believe Country ‘Better Off’ With GOP Congress

 Thanks to A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect  for his great cartoon

 

Poll: Majority of Americans in Battleground Districts Support Trump’s Wall

Hispanic Americans Support Trump Order on Family Detentions

 

“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump wrote in one of several tweets. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents. ~Pres. Trump

Gallup: Satisfaction with direction of country highest since 2005

 

Taxpayer Money Saved

Citizens Against Government Waste Praises White House Reorganization Plan

CAGW hailed the White House’s plan released this month to streamline and reorganize the federal government. The plan represents the culmination of a process that began in March 2017 when President Trump issued an executive order directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “to submit … a proposed plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of agencies.” CAGW worked with OMB throughout the process, and many of the proposals in the President’s plan mirror recommendations CAGW has made for years in its annual Prime Cuts. Highlights of the plan include merging the Departments of Education and Labor to meet the needs of citizens from the classroom to the workforce; selling assets owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Power Marketing Administrations,

saving taxpayers $9.5 billion over 10 years;

moving all federal record keeping to an electronic format and ending the collection of paper records after 2022; and privatizing the United States Postal Service to lower its cost structure and put it back on sound financial footing. Read more about President Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government.

United Nations Push Back

US leaves UN Human Rights Council over ‘bias against Israel’

Ambassador Nikki Haley pointed to the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela that are themselves accused of rights violations and charged that the council has a “chronic bias against Israel.”

The withdrawal didn’t come as a surprise.

National Security Adviser John Bolton opposed the council’s creation in 2006.

In a speech to the body last year, Haley called it out for what she said was its “relentless, pathological campaign” against the Jewish state.

US leaves UN Human Rights Council over ‘bias against Israel’

Trump Administration To Remove US From UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Right Council was created in 2006 to shed light on human rights abuses around the globe. It, unfortunately, has not served that purpose and has been hampered by geopolitical bias since its inception.

Ambassador Nikki Haley has said, “For our part, the United States will not sit quietly while this body, supposedly dedicated to human rights, continues to damage the cause of human rights. In the end, no speech and no structural reforms will save the members of the Human Rights Council from themselves.”

ALERT: Trump To Shun The United Nations

 

Moral Support: President Trump Character Education Moment to Congress for Immigration Debacle: ‘No Lunch for You!’ Gives Steaks to Walter Reed Medical Center

Moral Support:

President Trump Character Education Moment to Congress for Immigration Debacle: ‘No Lunch for You!’ Gives Steaks to Walter Reed Medical Center

Trump Takes Away Congress’ Annual Ribeye ‘Picnic’, Sends Steaks To…

Andrew West

Donald Trump is a President unlike any that we have seen in our lifetimes, and for reasons that are just beyond comprehension for the career politicos who’ve only known the grooming of the Beltway.

there hasn’t ever been a Congressman Trump or Councilman Trump.

No, we got the CEO-in-Chief instead, and it has done wonders for our economy.

Now, however, another piece of the humanist in President Trump is showing through, as a debate over Congress’ ineffectual work on immigration rages.

You see, today was supposed to be the annual congressional “picnic”, which is literally just a 5-star meal served in a tent to these Washington fat cats.

Seeing the disparity between Congress’ work load and their free lunch is disheartening enough for me…can you imagine how our “America First” President felt?

Well, there’s no need to speculate, as the Commander in Chief has given us an answer.

That’s right:  cancelled.  When asked why, the President gave a very blue collar answer.

As the immigration debacle looms large over the halls of Congress, President Donald Trump decided to scrap the lawmakers’ annual congressional picnic at the White House because it just didn’t feel “right.”

“I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, ‘You know, it doesn’t feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we’re working on doing something very important,’” Trump said Wednesday, according to Politico. “It didn’t feel exactly right to me.”

Wasting food would have only added insult to injury, so the President did what any MAGA-hat-wearing populist POTUS would do:  He sent all those ridiculous ribeye steaks over to Walter Reed.

All the food will be served Friday for lunch at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to a report from Bloomberg News. The food will be given to patients, caregivers, and employees at the Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“All perishables donated to Walter Reed. Non perishables to be repurposed for future events,” Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, said

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