Who Does the Shaping?

“This is what this election is about — who will have the power to shape our children for the next four to eight years of their lives.”

~Michelle Obama @ the DNC

Men had better be without education than be educated by their rulers
Thomas Hodgskin

1.) I’ll make the obvious but necessary observation that this is an example of the State thinking that it is the State’s role to shape our children. Parents are merely instruments of the State.

2.) Look folks, this culture has been cooked for decades. Anybody who has managed to get out of the statist Matrix and on to the good ship Nebuchadnezzar (Matrix reference) and so out of the State conditioned culture are already the exception. It simply is the case already that the State is shaping most Children. One way we know that is that the shaping process means adults remain intellectually children. Only a handful of people would have ever caught Michelle’s words as irregular.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

2 thoughts on “Who Does the Shaping?”

  1. Anybody who has managed to get out of the statist Matrix and on to the good ship Nebuchadnezzar (Matrix reference) and so out of the State conditioned culture are already the exception.

    How does one become the exception?

    1. 1.) Prayer

      Lord Christ, you are the embodiment of truth. I am your servant. Grant me your Spirit so as to think your thoughts after you in every area of life so as to take every thought captive to make it obedient to you. You have promised Wisdom to all who ask without doubting. Grant me your Wisdom. Give me discernment. Grant me your favor not to embarrass you in all that I champion in your name. Grant me thy Holy Spirit so as I read Scripture I see your truth and meaning.

      2.) Consider your sources of information. If your sources of information are tainted it is hard to see how you won’t be state conditioned.

      3.) I’m convinced that only a presuppositional approach can get you out of the Matrix. As such reading chaps like Van Til, Clark, Bahnsen (Theology and Philosophy), C. Gregg Singer (History, Philosophy), Schaeffer (Arts), Rushdoony (Worldview, Culture, Law), Gentry (Eschatology), Os Guinness (Cultural Analysis), Gary North (Social Order), Glenn Martin (Worldview, History) etc. is a must. (This is NOT an exhaustive list. Just a few Presuppositionalists who work in different fields who come immediately to mind.

      4.) Once a Biblical worldview is increasingly in place there is a need to read the revisionist historians.

      5.) A willingness to see that just as the Jewish leadership conspired to hide the truth of the resurrection so we must be alert to the conspiratorial in our assessment of reality.

      6.) Understand we are never finished products. Beg daily, in prayer, for your mind to be sanctified.

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