Morality and Marriage Equal Economic Prosperity

family povertyMuch has been written here and in other venues regarding the deplorable state of the traditional family.  No, I’m not saying that all traditional families are in deplorable shape.  What I am addressing is the lower and lower percentage of children being born into traditional families in America.

There are a lot of different moral arguments that can be made for why this is happening.  Things like the general breakdown of morality, the promotion of sex in every possible form and the promiscuity that it has bred, and the blatant encouragement of our youth to “explore” their sexuality far earlier than is advisable. Not to mention the decimation of the necessary underpinning of the marriage relationship that keeps sex within its boundaries where it is safe, loving, and natural as an expression of love for one’s spouse.

But let’s suppose – for a moment – that we are speaking with someone who chooses to “blow off” all of these extremely important aspects to the problem.  How do we demonstrate the evils of out-of-wedlock childbirth?

The Gartman Report, a newsletter targeting investors and traders in the stock market, tends to lean toward the conservative side of the political spectrum, but for the sake of their subscribers, is also careful to examine issues from all angles. [Read more...]

About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Sex Education Part 2: The Practical Implications of Explicit Sex Ed Absent Morality

sex educationIn the first part of this essay I highlighted a new European Sex Education program that is nothing short of pornographic in what it seeks to teach children as young as four. The “Standards for Sexuality Education” guidelines seek to teach “skills” that would allow students to “self-determine their sexuality.” Rather than relying on absolute truth and biology the authors of this campaign want to further the flexi-sexual model of flexible sexuality and morality.

The education guidelines described in the program are offensive and completely lack any moral basis. In fact, there is nothing absolute within the education at all, it is devoid of absolute truth of any kind and instead filled with arbitrary ideas. These ideas lead us to wonder what a society devoid of absolute moral standards would look like.

If several generations were educated according to these standards, what is the best possible outcome we could hope for? First, if students became accustomed to schools becoming involved in the intimate details of their lives, gathering information on some of these sensitive topics would be easy. For instance, a survey that was distributed in a Maryland High School asked such questions as:

What religion do you identify with?
What is your household income?
What is your sexual orientation?
What is your parents’ political identification?
Your feelings on ObamaCare?
Should assault rifles be banned?
Who is to blame for the government shut down? [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Sex Education Part 1: Teaching 4 Year Olds About Masturbation

sex educationIf parents don’t stay actively engaged in the education of their child and accept responsibility for teaching them sex and morality, you can be sure someone else will. It is an absurd idea to send a child to school day after day never paying attention to what he or she is learning, the information being asked for by schools, or the fact that schools have decided to be a “role model” and primary teacher of “morality.”

What is the result of this madness called public education? How about a “Standards for Sexuality Education” program that teaches 4-year-olds about masturbation?

The new education program being unrolled in Europe has been called “A holistic approach based on an understanding of sexuality as an area of human potential helps children and young people to develop essential skills to enable them to self-determine their sexuality” says the document.

Hold on a minute. Why is it necessary for a school to teach “skills to enable them [kids] to self-determine their sexuality”? First of all, can any school legitimately claim the need to teach any “skills” related to sexuality as essential? It seems skills in math, reading, science, and other academic areas are far weightier and necessary over “skills” in sexuality. Second, why does a student need any direction from a school in order to “self-determine their sexuality”? Call me old-fashioned but I am fairly certain that sexuality is determined at birth with the genetic, biology of a child.

Does that make me hetero-normative? Traditional? I’ll accept those as compliments. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: Dead Baby Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret, Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in NJ, Planned Parenthood Tells Teens Nothing Wrong With Multiple Sex Partners

FPC-BlogUpdate-EngagingWeek

Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

 Dead Baby Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret

A shocking story out of New York City happened over the weekend when police, stopping a young woman suspected of shoplifting at a Victoria’s Secret store, found the body of a dead infant in her bag. The woman told police she gave birth to the child and “didn’t know what to do” so she carried the lifeless body in her shopping bag while shopping. The young woman has shown no remorse or even sense of shame for such a cruel act. But how can we expect people to care when Planned Parenthood continues to tell us that these are not babies, just non-living fetuses, or blobs of cells? A subsequent article states that the child was born alive, asphyxiated, and then carried around in a bag. While the young woman has not yet been charged with murder, it seems hypocritical to charge her with doing what abortionists do every day. What’s the difference between a doctor killing the child or the mother doing it? This is the ironic world we live in when it’s legal for one person to kill a child but illegal for another to kill the same child. Click here for original article.

Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in NJ [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: Planned Parenthood Lets the Mask Slip in West Virginia, Swiss Open “Sex Boxes” for Prostitutes, Airman Relieved of Duties Over Beliefs?

FPC-BlogUpdate-EngagingWeek

Engaging Weekend is a collection of article you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD LETS THE MASK SLIP IN WEST VIRGINIA

Casey Mattox of the Alliance Defending Freedom has written an excellent piece highlighting the empty rhetoric of Planned Parenthood and their “support” for regulations in the abortion industry. He says that, to his knowledge the nation’s largest abortion group has never supported one single regulation of any kind. He writes: “I am aware of no regulation of abortion – no matter how basic – that Planned Parenthood has ever supported. Nor can I locate any Planned Parenthood model bill regulating abortion clinics. Whether the question is parental notice for 14 year olds, prohibitions on born-alive “abortions,” simple health department inspections or the most basic health and safety standards, Planned Parenthood is always opposed – often with vitriol. It turns out that despite its average-reasonable-woman rhetoric Planned Parenthood has never actually met an abortion regulation that it likes. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, abortion sellers gotta scream “War on Women!” when you ask them to wash their forceps.” Mattox goes on to reiterate this fact as it pertains to the case taking place in West Virginia right now and Attorney General Morrisey’s efforts to bring reasonable, common sense regulations to our unregulated abortion industry. You will see the vitriol of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday when they host a rally at the capitol. Click here for original article.

Switzerland opens drive in ‘sex boxes’ to make prostitution safer [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

America Is Top 10 – In Porn

In recent years America has slipped from world rankings in all the best categories. We have, however, managed to retain the top spot in one area – porn websites. The graphic below shows just how far ahead of every other country America is in the  number of porn websites. Is it any wonder our kids are being exposed to explicit sex images at younger ages? Between school sex-ed curriculum and Internet access, sexual images are just a click away at any time. This graphic underscores the need for parental involvement in their kids’ lives. Moral training is a must for any parent if you desire your kids to grow with a healthy self-esteem, and proper moral compass. They won’t get that in school. Click here for original article.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

The Business Model of Sex Designed to Trap Kids

KindergartenDid you know your child needs explicit sex education in grade-school? That’s right, just as important as math, science, and reading skills is the “skill” of being a well-versed student on human sexuality. Well, at least that’s what some people are saying. I still can’t figure out the rationale for such thinking.

A European Parliament committee recently issued a report stating that age appropriate sex education should be made compulsory for all children inside and outside the home. Notice, not all students, as in those kids who are in school. They want this education for all children, even inside the home, and they want it made compulsory. One writer commented on this insanity by saying:

“It is not clear what Mrs. Estrela understands by the terms ‘age-appropriate’ and ‘gender-sensitive’. But ‘all children’ clearly means all children – there is no lower age limit. Apparently you cannot start early enough to learn about homosexuality, tantric sex, condoms, the morning after pill. And of course, this education should be compulsory, i.e. it should be administered by the state, and if need be against the will of parents (not to mention the children).”

So why is there a push to expose children to graphic sex education as early as Kindergarten? Or sometimes earlier? [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

The Deception of Morality and Civil Rights in Abortion

Martin Luther King Jr.How twisted is the logic of pro-abortion advocates? When science unilaterally agrees that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks, newer science suggesting as early as 12 weeks, pro-abortionists still don’t want to ban late-term abortions. But they don’t merely seek to keep this torturous procedure legal; they want to pretend it is a “loving” thing to do. Blinded by liberal feminist rhetoric and money they delude themselves into believing that torturing an unborn child before killing him is somehow moral and loving.

To illustrate the point is an article written for the New York Times by a former Seattle city council member in which she asserts that the late-term abortion of her unborn son allowed him to die in a “warm, loving place.” She writes:

“I felt my son’s budding life end as a doctor inserted a needle through my belly into his tiny heart. As horrible as that moment was — it will live with me forever — I am grateful…We made sure our son was not born only to suffer. He died in a warm and loving place, inside me.”

This is nothing short of self-aggrandizing delusion. There is absolutely nothing loving about killing an innocent child before he has a chance to live life outside the womb. This woman has been so deceived by the culture of death and the militant rhetoric of pro-abortion groups that she can’t even see the absurdity of her statement. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Let’s Talk About That Oft-Forgotten M Word

MoralsThere has been an ongoing effort to “loosen” the bonds of Biblical standards that once were a major part of life in these United States of America.  From the days of our founders, our political leaders were ever conscious of the hand that “Divine Providence” had in the formation and continued good fortunes of our beloved country.

Congress passed laws that paid for Bibles to be distributed to the Native American populations being encountered in the Northwest Territories (very close to where we live here in West Virginia).  Church services were regularly conducted in the Capitol after its completion and continued for decades.  Let there be no mistake, this country has deep roots in Judeo-Christian traditions.

It was only with the last century that laws opened the door to profoundly negative changes in the role of faith in the public forum.   Along with those changes, the fear of government censorship under the personal rights to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment gave license for moral mayhem to accelerate.

Some might recall the outcry when Rhett Butler used the word “damn” in the movie Gone with the Wind in the 1930s.  Then the language got even more “flowery” through the war years.  The 50s brought us more movie-trash like Lolita, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe, and Town Without Pity that further pushed the limits with extra-marital sexual encounters, adultery, rape, and course language again taking center stage.  Yes, by today’s standards, those films (often referred to as classics now) are rather tame…which illustrates my point. [Read more...]

About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Should Christians “Legislate Morality” on the Nation?

politics in the pulpitI remember when someone told FPCWV president Jeremy Dys not to “legislate your morality on the rest of us.” His response has stuck with me ever since. Jeremy simply replied “Would you rather I legislate my immorality?”

The fact is, all legislation is moral in some way, shape or form. It’s impossible to pass a law or piece of legislation that is not in some way moral; and for that matter is not in some way discriminatory. Regardless of our best efforts, every law excludes someone, every law infringes on someone’s “rights,” and every law is based on some form of morality.

So the question might better be asked, “Whose morality do we want to legislate?”

Since our founding as a nation America has used clear biblical principles as the basis for our public policy and civil laws. We can clearly see biblical principles at work in our laws against murder, theft, perjury, and adultery. Whether explicitly stated or not it is evident that a biblical underpinning has created the foundation for American policy. As secular humanists, atheists, and liberals have sought to remove any mention of God from the public sector they have also removed the very foundation our society is built upon. In doing this they have opened the door to the creation of public policy that is based on cultural opinion, shifting views, and immorality.

The result of this is that as debate and conversations take place around public policy, when someone mentions anything that remotely resembles a biblical principle they are met with criticism and the demand not to legislate morality on the nation. The church in particular has been vehemently targeted by opponents that demand we cease legislating “our” morality on them.

A video at The Gospel Coalition explores this topic of whether or not Christians should try to legislate their morality on the nation. The panelists in the video rightly start with the fact that all laws are moral in some way and propagate a morality of some sort. But I was disappointed to hear that a visit to a seminary classroom by one of the panelists revealed that the students in the class – all of which are studying to be pastors – agreed that abortion should be legal. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.