It can all be traced back to your daughter's Facebook page...

(Tim, w/thanks to Mark C.) If the truth that God hates divorce is not enough for you, here's something that may stiffen your resolve. A ten-year-old home schooled girl whose parents are divorced has been ordered to go to government school and the order has been approved by Judge Lucinda V. Sadler for this reason:  "(the child's) vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to [her] counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view." Of course, her "religious beliefs" considered by the court to be a threat to her well-being are Christian.

Why are the courts making this decision about a ten-year-old girl?

Because her parents are divorced. There's a lesson, here.

This isn't just a good reason to avoid divorce; it's also a good reason never to date, let alone marry, an unbeliever. Government is not growing in its respect for the family, for the sphere sovereignty of father and mother over their children.

Dad, for decades your daughter has been able to have an abortion against your will and without your knowledge. If the courts allow your daughter to murder your granddaughter, we should expect them to busy themselves murdering your daughter's soul in other ways, too--say, for instance, by taking her at the tender age of ten and introducing her to idolatries they call "other points of view."

Thank our Father that the Alliance Defense Fund is going after the case.

Dear dads and moms, I can't emphasize strongly enough your duty to your children, to lead them to hate their sin and love our Savior, and then to guard their precious souls. And few things will test your faith and resolve more than working with them in their selection of a marriage partner, as well as every single step leading up to that all-important decision.

If you're not praying about that right now, while your child yet remains in the womb of his mother; if you're not aware of the Facebook friends of your teenage daughter, and what she says to them; if you're about to hand your daughter over to an unbelievers in holy matrimony; then you are not a loving father. Your daughter may call you "Daddy" and kiss you goodnight, but but you've failed to earn that title of trust and expression of tender affection.

Pray, repent, and get to work, my dear brother.

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Speaking of Facebook...

Please don't take the above as any endorsement of Facebook. My most excellent son, Taylor, is almost seventeen and he's been forbidden Facebook for a number of weeks, now. In fact, he won't be on it for several more months. Still, he's submissive and cheerful, God bless him! Why not try out your own son's or daughter's submission muscles and give them a break from Facebook, too?

While we're on the subject...

My friend David Wegener told me last night that one of his seminary (TEDS) profs is a leader of the Emergent Church movement. I asked, "What's his name?" and David responded, "Scott McKnight."

"Really? He friended me last week and I approved it. I didn't know who he was. What on earth did he friend me for?" I asked.

Out of his magnificent beneficence, David responded.

And I thought he really wanted to be my friend.


A clear violation of the law, which reinforces something I have always said:

A government that ignores the rule of law is more dangerous to our liberty than any terrorist or foreign aggressor.

We are to respect authority unless it orders us to sin, but we are also under absolutely no obligation to obey any authority that is in rebellion against this nation's highest legal authority, the Constitution. Any law or court ruling that violates the plain language of the Constitution is null and void and we are under no obligation to submit to that authority. Such is the case with this ruling.

We all know that the reason Islamic terrorists have declared war on us because they hate freedom. The treasonous, America-hating so-called "judge" is providing aid and comfort to Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in their war against freedom. Like any traitor, she should be in prison.

If you are interested, I've posted my own thoughts on the story:

Hey Tim,

If you're irritated by Tim Keller on occasion, you'd really be irritated by TEDS professor Scot McKnight!

Concerning Facebook and friends thereon ...

I find FB useful for casual and quick interactions with family and genuine friends (such as the 15 seconds of conversation I might have with my wife as she passes through the room where I'm working). Not every encounter with such folk need be long, intense, and/or deep. As Lewis (I think) said, "The highest does not stand without the lowest."

But, I get "friended" from time to time by people I've never heard of, people with whom I share NO friends in common. I've developed a boilerplate response that I send along with my declining such befriending, explaining that I keep my friends list short, restrict it to people whom I know in other contexts, and asking (just in case) if they are someone I can't recognize from their FB name.

My friends list grows Very Slowly. And, skimming status updates takes me about 10 seconds, unless I want to interact with something someone has posted. Meanwhile, FB works for me as a simple diversion when I'm minded to be simple minded.

I have made a rule in my home that I won't even consider Facebook before my kids are 15 and even then I don't really see the point.

I've heard several Christians suggest giving them FB at 13 and watching their activity. I'm not convinced.

Also, doesn't FB just give the Feds perfect opportunity to track us even more as evidenced here?

We Christians are going to have to be more intentional in how we witness to an increasingly Godless America - which means thinking about whether FB has more risk than value to the Kingdom of God. Perhaps this girl's FB was a good witness and something not entirely out of the intentions of her mother's training or maybe it was just an oversight.

We parents have to consider what risks we're taking and be sure to make our stands in the right places.

Sadly, Christians schools that have accepted state accreditation to draw more tepid tuition paying students have helped pave the way for state mandated religion and sex-ed classes for homeschoolers let alone for everyone else.


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