“There are two kinds of education, one teaches us how to make a living, the other teaches how to live,” a quote attributed to William Barclay, the Scottish author and television presenter. The former US Commissioner of Education under President Carter, Ernest Boyer said: “School is in a very real sense a mirror of its community.
I confess. I thought astroturf was fake grass. Apparently not! “The whole point of astroturf is to try and get the impression there is a whole lot of wide-spread support for or against an agenda when there is not.” Investigative journalist Sharyl Atkisson made that comment.
“We know that we are of God, and that the whole world is under the power of the evil one.” (1 John chapter 5, verse 19). World events proclaim the evil one constantly. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. That Bible verse clearly declares the world is made up of two specific groups …a) those who ‘know’ they are of God, and b) the rest.
Did you know the political terms ‘left wing’ and ‘right wing’ originated in France? After the French Revolution, the 1789 French National Assembly met to prepare drafts for the new constitution. During debate a deep division surfaced. How much authority should be granted to King Louis XV1? The anti-royalists sat to the left of the presiding officer.
“The morning of December 7, 1941, found 353 Japanese airplanes swarming all around Pearl Harbour. Within a couple of hours, America lost 8 big battleships, 6 major airfields, almost all planes, and 2,400 men. That happened at 7:50 AM in what was supposedly a surprised attack. But these are the startling facts:
At times analysts feared full-on civil war in America. Warring parties became physical after Donald Trump won the vicious US presidential election. Street scenes were reminiscent of more lawless regions and it will take wise, even gentle wisdom to begin healing a very distraught nation.
Christmas reminds me of Bethlehem. Every year, during the Festive Season there is room for everyone and everything, but not for Jesus. We can be so absorbed by ‘stuff’ and busy-ness can leave the Lord to be an afterthought.