you often become discouraged because it appears that what you are doing is
having little impact on our world? We want to help change things but
change for the best usually comes very slowly. We keep telling ourselves
that itís our duty to obey and God will "give the increase."
And he does. For those of us involved with obedience to his instructions
in Deuteronomy 6:6-7: These words which I command thee this day shall be
in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy
children....it sometimes seems progress is a long time coming. The
following article by Dennis Tuur has been so encouraging to me that I
wanted to pass it along to you.
law order imparted to children will determine the failure or success of
society. This infrastructure may not be self-conscious on the part of
parents. The instruction may simply be a series of commands or punishments
but is not really an integrated program....
the reconstruction of the life of the medieval world (500-1000 A.D.) in
tens of thousands of little communities we can barely imagine what went
on. (No documents.) But we know the results. Agriculture improved, new
technologies were invented, capitalized and exploited, the population grew
slowly, erratically, but universally leading to the progressive
cultivation of the soil.
we look at the results of 1000's of years of Christian instruction, from
5000-10000 A.D. we begin to perceive the effect of millions and millions
of seemingly infinitesimal additions of moral capital.
the disintegration of Rome to the Reformation Christian parents built a
civilization. However erroneous in their perception of things spiritual,
not to mention things scientific, they nevertheless succeeded in reshaping
the history of mankind. Their ignorance did not keep them from
outdistancing India, China, and the other ancient civilizations by the end
of the medieval period.
was a cumulative effect of the vast numbers of successive additions of
family capitol: agriculture, technological, educational and moral. Line
upon line, precept upon precept a body of moral capitol was built up and
then produced under civilization.
church must teach but can't live those lives out. Only we can. In the
small decisions we make everyday we either add moral capital or detract
moral capitol from our households.
we contemplate teaching (in our next article) those Four Rís of the
Principle Approach it is gratifying to realize our students are developing
character as well as learning to research, reason, relate, and record
those things that will bring maturity to them. These in turn "add
moral capital" to our culture causing the changes we so long to see.
Iíve seen it happening over the last twenty years.
exciting to look back and realize just how much change for the better has
happened. The "ball has started rolling" and itís picking up
speed! A cumulative effect of the vast numbers of successive additions of
family capitol is taking place: agricultural, technological, educational,
moral, and political. Let me list a few: first, home schooling has
increased so rapidly that a whole system of support has developed (legal,
self-help organizations, publishing: books, magazines, catalogs. You name
some). Secondly, more and more Christians are getting involved in the
political system. Iím sure you know of some. If you do, so do others. I
know of several whom, in my area, we have been able to help get into
office. Thirdly, think of all the organizations that God has raised up to
"advertise" the Christian founding of our country. How many can
you name? All of these have been appearing since about 1960 and, since
1980 the change has been accelerating amazingly.
we sometimes grow weary and wonder if the battle will ever be won. What
did our Father tell us: Be not weary in well doing. Think about the
article written by Dennis Tuur and all the great things God is now doing
and remember how it happens:
upon line, precept upon precept a body of moral capitol is being built up.
Americaís Christian History-the Principle Approach
What places in very ancient days are
described in the Bible as having great stores of valuable minerals and/or
Eden: Genesis 2: 11-12;
Jerusalem: Chronicles 2:14; II Chronicles 3: 4-10. You may think of
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