“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:43-45 ESV)
Heart to Heart!
What’s wrong in our society, reflects what’s happening with parenting. This is not a parenting blog. I promise to wait till my children are out of college and with their permission to discuss lessons learned through these years. Howdy partner! We are learning lessons. Nothing is more disheartening than this Nation’s drug epidemic. Thankfully, the current administration is taking very serious actions. I watched one day as the First Lady shared stories from family members wanting to make a difference. Can we bring back the commercial where there is a hot skillet, an egg is cracked…sizzling? Then words were simply stated- “This is your brain on drugs.”
When a child defines the popular group = drinking alcohol, we have serious mixed up view of right/wrong. This week- and it’s only Wednesday, I’ve heard a mom state- her surprise to what some parents allow in their home, children bragging to friends drinking their mom’s beer, to seeing with my own eyes, a well respected child, vaping in the car next to us leaving school. Do any of these situations reflect good fruit? No. If we had to zero in on an age group most dangerous, keeping societal confusion stirred- it’s 35- 55 years olds. I believe individuals in this age group, raised during Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years- all due to President Reagan’s leadership, began losing the reverence for God’s Word. The economy grew, success was happening and a tilt in ethics and values shifted. In this shift…parenting became less as parents worked harder, and children became more independent, self sufficient, no longer needing authority- or the church.
Good and Evil are defined in Scripture. The importance of The Bible is same yesterday, today, and forevermore. God’s Word never changes. The world changes daily. What’s building in our hearts? Are we guarding our heart- most deceptive of all. Are we taking captive every contrary thought against scripture? This is a problem- because if scripture is not known, what basis does a person have to compare and know there is a difference? Since we’re discussing a twenty year span….imagine children now reaching adulthood lacking a Biblical foundation. It’s like going into another country, unable to communicate due to not knowing their language. Thankfully, there are churches reaching the lost, helping mature spiritual babies, and speaking God’s infallible Word, no compromise. In a world w/lots wrong, trusting in Jesus proves right.