February 2017 Western Culture Newsletter: Loyalty
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New name, same great dinner topics to share with our families. I am changing the Newsletter name to Western Culture, because “dinner topics” is a bit broad and, true to this month’s topic, it’s time to show our loyalty to Judeo-Christian values, which are the foundation of Western Culture. Don’t miss this month’s Defining Moment: American Culture! ~C.D
Now, here is the February food for thought, speaking of sharing with our families . . .
Many who heard Jesus teach in Capernaum complained, “this is an hard saying. “ Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at His doctrine, said unto them:
DOES THIS OFFEND YOU?
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve,
“Will ye also go away?”
Then Simon Peter answered him:
“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. Thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Walk No More with the Truth?
Today is no different. For some, Christ’s invitation to believe and remain faithful continues to be hard. Granted, there are many adverse forces seeking to pull us away. It is not popular to be Christian these days. Members of the left-wing media are ever making a Christian man or woman “an offender for a word,”  heaping upon believers increasingly vile abuse, seeking destruction of all that is true and good. Worldly professors twist truth, calling evil good and good evil; putting darkness for light, and light for darkness. 
I feel compassion for the rising generation, growing up in such times of confusion, with so many demands on their loyalty.
To Whom Shall I Go?
About a half century ago, when I was a teenager growing up, I was the youngest, and my older siblings had all left home. We had not yet found the gospel in our lives. But I remember searching for something larger than myself, something strong and solid to hang onto, a cause for my loyalty.
My father was a brilliant scientist in a crisis of faith. I heard my parents having frequent “discussions, ” always about his agnosticism and my mother’s unwavering faith. I felt shaken. Worried that their marriage was in trouble, I asked my mother about it. She assured me that things would work out. They did. Soon thereafter, my parents found the Church of Jesus Christ and became devoted Christians, as did I.
They have passed on, but of late I have wondered how my life might have been different if my mother had not held to her faith. What if she had taken the path of least resistance? Would I have found the gospel if my parents had not taught me so well? To whom would I have gone? Of course, we know of some young people who turn to God, regardless of their circumstances. I’ll never know the answer to that in my own case, but I believe it would have taken me much longer to find the truth if they had not guided me properly. If I had found God later in life, would I have married differently, and would my children be in the fold? And what about their children?
Because of my mother’s loyalty, I continue to follow the Savior, as do my children, who are also teaching their children. Do you see the pattern here? Choices have consequences. Truth matters. And it matters that we pass that on to our descendants.
Throughout history, language, attitudes, and styles change. Voices rise and fall, actors on the stage of life come and go. There is a constant we can always rely on: God is the same—yesterday, today, and forever. Because of His unending love for us, He provided a way for us to come back to Him, through His loyal Son.
The Loyal One
In the words of Joseph L. Townsend, we are reminded of the Savior’s words of eternal life, that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. We can go to Him always, and He will never forsake us.
Reverently and meekly now, Let thy head most humbly bow.
Think of me, thou ransomed one; think what I for thee have done.
With my blood that dripped like rain, sweat in agony of pain,
With my body on the tree I have ransomed even thee.
In this bread now blest for thee, emblem of my body see;
In this water or this wine, emblem of my blood divine.
Oh, remember what was done that the sinner might be won.
On the cross of Calvary I have suffered death for thee.
At the throne I intercede; for thee ever do I plead.
I have loved thee as thy friend, with a love that cannot end.
Be obedient, I implore, prayerful watchful, evermore,
And be constant unto me, that thy Savior I may be.
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May We Ever Remain True to the Faith,
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Loyalty Theme Quotes
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ~3 John 1:4
“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. Thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God. ~John 6:69
Be obedient, I implore, prayerful watchful, evermore,
And be constant unto me, that thy Savior I may be. ~Joseph L. Townsend, Hymn, “Reverently and Meekly Now”
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ~Joshua 24:15
No man can serve two masters. ~Matthew 6:24
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. ~Romans 1:16
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the faith for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command, soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand. ~Evan Stephens
Stress Relief Tip: In God We Trust
You can rely on the Word of God. The commandments of God are like signposts along the road of life. They keep you out of the danger zones. Moral relativism undermines justice, thus threatening the peace of civilized society.
Moral absolutes provide us with “internal government”. If everyone restrains themselves, then we maintain civilization. Keep the commandments, in this there is safety and peace.
The Parenting Value for this month: Respect
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American Culture—outward appearance and immoral social trends are not who we are. Despite what the world and misguided secularists would have you believe, America is founded on Judeo-Christian values, and none other.
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History: Abraham Lincoln restores the Covenant to a Nation in Sin
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- Saint Thomas of Aquinas—what was his view on immigration?
- the Story of Progressivism, Part 2
Moral Support: We see more reasons to hope for restoration of Judeo-Christian values
Patriotism: Tribute to Phyllis Schlafly, champion of liberty
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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, and receive first lesson by email.
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