By Editorial Staff
Published April 26, 2008
By Keith Kimball – Age 15
“As arrows in the hands of a mighty man; so are children of youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate” (Psalms 127:4,5).
“The Christian home … forms the citizen, lays the foundation for civil and political character, prepares the social element and taste, and determines our national prosperity or adversity. We owe to the family, therefore, to what we are as a nation as well as individuals. We trace this influence in the pulpit, on the rostrum, in the press, in our civil and political institutions. It is written upon the scroll of our national glory.”
- Rev. S. Philips, 1859
THE TRUTH OF SUCH A STATEMENT AS THIS, does not change from generation to generation. If the family decays, the nation crumbles; if the family maintains strength and unity, the same attributes are effective throughout the nation.
The recognition and understanding of this universal truth, as it applies to all facets, produces a greater comprehension of issues that are faced in America today. Why must we, in this day and age, define the reality of this world as being drugs, alcohol, sex, homosexuality, suicide, abortion, and so on? As Christians, we have Christ as the standard for our reality. We can have hope as we view these issues from a Biblical perspective, but why do we not share this hope with those in whom it is lacking?
Christians, in general, have maintained a state of apathetic ignorance and self-centeredness for many years. We have allowed the enemy to gain footholds within the American family, church, and nation. When one looks at the past, and at the heritage left by such men as our Founding Fathers, he can see examples of Godly character and self-government. Such principles were taught in the home, strengthened in the church, and applied in society. These men passed on to future generations a heritage greater than that of any other nation in the world.
As Daniel Webster said: “If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live in the fear of God and shall respect His commandments, … we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country; … But if we and our posterity neglect religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”
This statement delineates the progression of America today, only too well. If we do not step out of our apathetic ignorance and self-centeredness and gain, once again, a vision for multi-generations, America will pass into “profound obscurity.”
As a teenager, I see the solution to this eminent danger as the complete restoration of the family and church units of society. As Rev. S. Philips said, “The Christian home … forms the citizen, lays the foundation for civil and political character, prepares the social element and taste, and determines our national prosperity or adversity.” The home itself is the multi-generational unit. It is the training ground for the leaders of future generations.
Psalm 127:4-5 says: “As arrows in the hands of a mighty man; so are children of youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” As youth, we must realize that we are “arrows” which will defeat the enemy when joined with our parents, and others of the older generation, who are the “bows” which will set us in flight.
We need to catch a vision for future generations. This vision is analogous to a race in which a baton is passed from runner to runner. The runners represent the generations and the baton is the vision for joining the generations which is to be passed from one runner to the next until the final goal has been accomplished. All the runners of this race are united by one common goal; that being, to pass the baton. If even one runner in this race is not in unity with the others, the whole race is jeopardized. For if the baton is dropped, the runners must stop, turn around, and pick up again. This cycle will be continuous if unity is lacking, and the baton will never be passed on.
If we as arrows are not in unity with our parents and other “runners of the race,” the patterns seen in this analogy will, and already have, become reality.
As the title of this feature states, each one of us must become a “Soaring Arrow,” fully harvesting all the seeds that have been planted in our lives. We need not wait years to harvest the fruit of previous years of training; fruit that is currently ripe, and ready to be picked. We can begin now to deal with issues in our society from a Biblical perspective, thereby providing hope and solutions to those who are in need. As Hebrews 12:1 states, “… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
We need not be stopped because of disobedience or lack of vision for future generations; rather we must advance and reach out for the future of that calling which God has bestowed on our lives and upon our generation! Then, and only then, may we, as Daniel Webster said, “have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country.”
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!
Running Time: 130 minutes
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“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“… a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
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Running Time: 28 minutes
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God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.
Speakers include: R.J. Rushdoony, George Grant, Howard Phillips, R.C. Sproul Jr., Ken Gentry, Gary DeMar, Jay Grimstead, Steven Schlissel, Andrew Sandlin, Eric Holmberg, and more!
Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:
1. Are we under Law or under Grace?
2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
3. Can we legislate morality?
4. What are the biblical foundations of government?
5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
7. Is neutrality a myth?
8. What about non-Christians and the Law of God?
9. Would there be “freedom” in a Christian republic?
10. What would a “Christian America” look like?
Perfect for group instruction as well as personal Bible study.
Ten parts, over four hours of instruction!
Running Time: 240 minutes
Watch over 60 on-line video interviews from God’s Law and Society.
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
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A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism
Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner
The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.
Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.
Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.
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