The Old Fashion Dads Podcast: Average Dad's having real conversations. Listen in as two fathers (and the occasional guest) discuss different issues centered around being a dad (from a Christian Worldview), while sipping on a different whiskey each week, and usually accompanied by a good cigar.
"Just Thinking: About The State" Book Review
36:52Special Episode this week, with our first book review. We are giving an overview of the book "Just Thinking: About the State" by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker, the creators and hosts of the Just Thinking Podcast. We have been listening and greatly blessed by this podcast, the amount of research, thought and preparation Darrell and Virgil put into each episode and to dissect and unpack each cultural or social topic and point back to scripture and the Gospel as our highest authority and God as our source of truth. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Clyde Mays Straight Rye Whiskey - Alabama - 94 proof Buy Just Thinking: About The State - https://press.founders.org/shop/just-thinking-about-the-state/ Book Chapters: Government Socialism Capitalism A Social Savior The Born Alive Act Black Lives Matter and Abortion Politics and the Black Church Reparations The Equality Act of 2019 Elections This is book is important for several reasons. It rightly identifies the problem (sin) It is interpreting our current times and social issues through a biblical lens. It is properly identifying and dissecting the sin that is at the center of major social issues. It is applying scriptural truth to real world problems (racism, marriage, sexuality, divorce, etc) It is calling for significant increase in biblical literacy It calls for men and women to engage in worship of Christ, as opposed to worship of a political party. It calls for children of God to disengage from the sin of partiality It emphasizes the Imago Dei It rightly places scripture into a category of one “Sola Scriptura” Sola scriptura Sola Christus Sola fide Sola gratia Sol deo gloria i. These five statements of the evangelical faith lay at the center of what distinguished the theology of the Reformation from the theology of the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century. Sola scriptura is the belief that because Scripture is God’s inspired Word, it is the only inerrant, sufficient, and final authority for the church. Solus Christus is the assertion that Christ alone is the basis on which the ungodly are justified in God’s sight. Sola fide maintains that the believer receives the redemption Christ has accomplished only through faith. Sola gratia proclaims that all of our salvation, from beginning to end, is by grace and grace alone. Because of these things, the Reformers held fast to the phrase soli Deo gloria, that only God receives glory for our salvation. (et al. TGC) Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Where Is God When Life Gets Hard? - Dealing with Alzheimer, suffering and Loss w/ Guest Walter Shepherd
21:26Walter Shepherd is Christian Harris's father-in-law and over the past 7 years, has been enduring the mental and physical health decline of his wife of over 50 years, to the disease of Alzheimers. He discusses grief, loss and what it looks like to go to God in your pain, doubts and yet still be faithful and trust in God's goodness and grace. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: N/A What is the relationship between suffering, grief and prolonged grieving? Grieving is something we find in scripture and is a natural emotion that God gave us. Christian's have a tendency to move on too fast, not grieve enough... though we are not to grieve as if we don't have hope (in God) They want to move on from the uncomfortableness of grief and act like everything is fine, as if grieving or being sad dishonors God Non-Christian's tend to keep on grieving and never ceasing grieving (never moving forward or beyond) What we don't grieve and deal with successfully, will come back and cause us problems later and we tend to get stuck, unable to move forward. Essentially, how do we acknowledge that we are in a hole, without staying in the hole? The thing that helps keep Walter going if reminding himself that, "it's not about you". As Christian's, we are called to "die to ourselves and live for Christ" He thinks about how can he turn each of these challenging situations toward God, because God can handle it and he can't. Don't compare your suffering to others. Your suffering or lose is just as real as those who have experienced something "worse". Though we may not ever know why we experience specific suffering, while God may allow suffering to happen to us but God will never "waste" the pain you experience in life. Staying in God's Word, regular prayer and a community of people willing to speak hard but loving truth into your life are all key, not only in life but specifically when life gets hard. Two big indicators to keep watch of during a prolonged period of suffering or trials, are your anxiety and anger/frustraiton levels. People don't change and grow when people are comfortable and things are easy... especially not character or maturity in Christ. We are in very little control of anything in life and God's grace is sufficient for us. To be ok with the hard parts of life and suffering, we need to be fully surrendered to God, trusting that what He has brought us to, He will see us through... remaining teachable and open. Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Abortion is pure evil w/ guests Katy Faust & Stacy Manning
1:08:56We got some of the sharpest female minds with us today (Katy Faust and Stacy Manning) on this special podcast episode on abortion. The world is loosing its mind and the culture's responds to the Texas heart beat law, is no exception. We couldn't help but notice the outrage against it, so we did a special podcast session, were we unpack what should be obvious to Christian's... why abortion and the killing of babies is evil and how to combat some of the common arguments and mindset that comes with those who think abortion is a good thing. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: FEW Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Illinois "Them Before Us" book address this topic of abortion, amongst many other aspects of Children's Rights Website: https://thembeforeus.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1642935964 "Children's rights are being sacrificed on the alter of adult desires" Abortion is the literal sacrificing children on the alter of convenience. Our primary human right (including kids, born or unborn), is the right to life... without which, no other right matters. Children have a right to life and a right to their mom and dad. Why is abortion NOT about the woman's body? If it was "my body my choice"... if it was "your body", then after the abortion, you (the mother) would be the one dead at the end of the procedure. Children are not born for us, they are born through us and completely distinct from their mother. As Christian's, "our body" and our children's bodies and lives are not our own. We are stewards of the lives God gives us, the kids's God blesses us with and all that God entrusts us with in this life. The push for abortion is one of the many byproducts of feminism, where feminist see that a man can walk away from a pregnancy, but the woman can't. And so in their mind, women will never be equal until they are the same and so abortion is the woman's equality to be able to walk away from the pregnancy too. A better option for equality, where no one has to die, is insisting that the man doesn't walk away from the baby and it's mother. Men are co-creators and 50% responsible for creating this new life, should have a say and should be held responsible and accountable. Woman who have never been pregnant, given birth or been a parent, have no place to tell men (many of whom have walked with their wives through the pregnancy and birthing process) have no say on abortion because it's solely a "woman's issue". The manipulation of language to obscure the brutally hard truth about what abortion actually is. You can't counter an emotional argument (most pro-choice arguments) with a logical or moral argument (pro-life argument). You can't make an argument or justification for something, using the exception instead of examining the rule (defending the pro-choice position with the "what about rape or incest" - those are exceptions with only 1% of abortions being due to that and policy & law should not be made based on the outlying exceptions) Abortion is not about "reproductive health". The baby has already been conceived (reproduced) and if not interrupted by a deliberate attempt to end the babies life, it will grow and be born as a human baby. Christian's CAN NOT be both "pro life" and "pro choice" and still be faithful to Jesus. Stacy takes it one step further and says, "you can't be a Democrat or vote for Democratic policies and politicians and still call yourself a Christian". The "right" to abortion is not a constitutional right (The Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, is not part of the constitution) What are Christian's to do when what is legal and allowed (or even applauded), is not in alignment with what God says is good or right. So much of the cultural conversation come down to what we consider "sacred": Either "life" is sacred or personal choice, individual will, or "woman's health" (or something else) is considered sacred. Either the unborn life of the baby has moral significance or it doesn't... and that will determine where someone falls on the issue of abortion. There have been over 41M legal abortions from 1973 to 2018 and while the numbers have been decreasing since 1997, there were still 620,000 abortions in 2018 (the last year the data is available) and society has shifted from saying they should be safe, rare and legal, to they should be allowed for any reason, at any time, with no shame/stigma and even celebrated. I believe that abortion is our generation's "slavery" and in 50-100 years, society will look back on the Millions of snuffed out lives due to abortion and wonder how a society could not only allow such an atrocity but actually encourage it and call it a good thing. Progressive ideology is guilty of "the bigotry of low-expectations" towards minorities. RESOURCE: https://www.desiringgod.org/topics/abortion https://www.ccef.org/book/healing-after-abortion-gods-mercy-you/ Genesis 1:27-28 - “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."” Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Being a Single Dad with Guest Corey Uebelacker
54:08The purpose for this episode is to encourage single dads in their parenting. To call men to be thoughtful and mindful in how they pursue relationships with women, so they may cultivate legacy and not just feed sexual desire. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon 2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. Philippians 4:6 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Romans 8:38-39 – I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 1. Did you ever think you would be a dad at 19yo? Tell your story 2. Did you have help raising your daughter? Did you co-parent with your daughter’s mother? 3. What were the challenges you faced? 4. Was there any good during that challenging time of raising your daughter? 5. You weren’t raised in a Christian household, but looking back now where do you see God having worked in your life as a single dad? 6. What words of wisdom would you give single dads that are listening? Resources: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/single-parents/\ https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/village-to-help-single-parents/ https://www.ccef.org/book/single-parents-daily-grace-hardest-job/ https://www.ccef.org/jbc_article/sturdy-truths-for-single-parents/ https://financesonline.com/single-parent-statistics/ Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Christians, Guns and Self-defense with the Owner of Rainier Arms
53:50Today we sit down with John Hwang, the owner of Rainier Arms, a high-end firearms manufacturer, specializing in high-end customization of hand-guns and rifles. Troy Turner also sits down with us, the head of their military and Law Enforcement Agency division. We talk all things guns, self-defense and Second Amendment and how Christian's can responsibly own and use guns as tools for self-defense. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: 1806 Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey Guests: John Hwang, owner of Rainier Arms in Auburn, WA and Troy Turner, head of Rainier Arm's military and LEA division. https://www.rainierarms.com What is the role of guns in society? Can Christian's own and use guns? How does the 2nd Amendment affect Christians? When did men become such pansies in the American culture? Firearms are a tool. There are good people with guns and bad people with guns. What's the role of the mainstream media in how guns are depicted in society (normally you only hear about guns in the news, when there is a "mass shooting" or some other tragic mis-use but you never hear about the crimes and violence against innocent people, when guns are used to stop crime and protect the innocent). Guns are the great equalizer of force and appropriate to use for protecting yourself, your family and the ones you love, when others wish to do you or others harm. There are some parallels with guns, just like with alcohol, it's a matter of a man's heart. God never says, "don't drink" but rather says don't get drunk... don't abuse this good thing I gave you. Moderation is key. A significant issue with the violence in our culture, whether via guns or otherwise, is due absent fathers and a lack of fathers in the household. Firearms are a tool - Primarily for self-defense, sporting or hunting. Not all gun owners are enthusiast but all gun owners should know how to responsibly use their firearms. Proverbs 16:9 - "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." - Plan your life but allow God to guide us Second Amendment - The right to bare arms: God gave us our life, so we have a natural right to keep and preserve that life by whatever mean necessary, from individuals or a tragical government... that is at the core of the 2nd amendment. Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Experiencing Trauma: Christian B. shares his story of sexual assault
57:58This week we get real, when Christian B. get's vulnerable in sharing his trauma of being sexually assaulted by another dude. We walk through his journey of processing that and exploring the tough, dark world that is experiencing sexual trauma as a man. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Crater Lake Straight American Rye Whiskey Thompson Cigar Club Clinical Psychology reference - "DSM5" (American Psychological Association Diagnostic Manual for Mental and Mode Disorders fifth edition) Christian B. is a "Clinical Psychotherapist" and references this manual frequently What is trauma? "A deeply distressing or disturbing experience" What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? The word Trauma is used often and thrown around a lot in our modern culture, often for things that aren't actually "traumatic". Are things like "micro-aggressions" or being "triggered" (or other modern pop-psychology terms), actually trauma? Can someone else words online or opinion actually be "traumatic"? If everything we don't like becomes "traumatic" to us, is anything really trauma? The word looses it's meaning. Why does trauma happen? All trauma is a result of sin... like when one person violates another person's rights or something catastrophic happens to them, like natural disaster or war? God loves us enough to give us free-will or free-choice so that we can freely choice Him and that enabled us to choose to rebel against the God of the universe. As Christian's, we shouldn't be surprised when suffering or trauma happens to us because we live in a fallen world. As the world often puts it, "why do bad things happen to good people"... but as Christian's, we understand that there are no "good people" except Jesus. Recommended reading: "Knowing God" by J.I. Packer Mental Health Stats: National Institute of Health: https://www.nih.gov National Alliance on Mental Health: https://nami.org/Home Often people who cause trauma are living out a pattern or cycle of abuse or generational sin. Hurt people, hurt people. Where is God in trauma? Just because something bad happens, doesn't mean that God wasn't there or doesn't care The church showed up and responded, friends immediately came around him, God brought comfort through scripture and a new vibrant prayer life. Satan will try and use anything to separate us from God, to include the feelings of shame and anger often associated with trauma. What should be a Christian's response to trauma? Be in community, talk through it & seek counseling Trauma may be part of your story but let it define you and become your identity Christ experience extreme Trauma in this crucifixion on the cross, so we have a savior who gets it and can relate to our hardships and trauma that we may experience in this life. How does or should the church respond to it's member's experiencing trauma... specifically trauma at the hands of fellow church members or Christians? Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Dealing With Disappointment and Frustration... when your plans go to s**t!
46:03On this episode we explore what happens when things don't go our way in life. Even the best plans... and vacations can go totally sideways, as Christian B. recently experienced and shares with us his epic family vacation fail and how he dealt with it. Is it possible to still be grateful and praise God, despite tough situations in life? This is a story you don't want to miss... and it will likely make you feel better about any vacation mis-adventures you've had ;-) NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Old Elk Full-Wheated Bourbon This Weeks Cigar: My Father's Cigar Christian B. tells the story of his recent epic fail of their vacation... where absolutely nothing went as planed, included cancelled flights and their family almost got charged by a moose while in their car! What do we do with our disappointment? Are we angry and honest about it? Do we lash out at the people around us, even though it's not their fault (or even if it is their fault)? Do we downplay it and pretend like everything is fine? So much of our disappointment reveals our desire to be in control... instead of allowing God to be in control. We are actually in control of very little in our lives, so we really shouldn't be surprised when things don't go our way. Proverbs 16:9 - "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-:19 - "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." We are to have grateful hearts and give thanks in ALL circumstances and situations, not just when things go our way. Often we are to give thanks DESPITE our situations in life. The prosperity gospel is such a sham because it says God is good and so why wouldn't he want you to be rich and your life to be comfortable and easy. So often when things aren't going well for us, our kids won't even notice and will still find a way to have a good time. David provides a good example to us in the book of Psalms, when it comes to not downplaying or ignoring when things are difficult and hard. He honestly cries out to God about how things suck for him and is honest in his pain and suffering... without accusing God. Things often don't go the way you want but in that adversity, suffering and difficulty, we can still be grateful and worship God in the midst of it. Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
When "sorry" is not enough - Habitual Sin and Real Change
52:58This week we discuss sin and behavior modification (temporary change) vs. lasting heart change. Habitual sin patterns (like porn addiction) can paralyze us and keep Christian's ineffective and paralyzed. We explore how we can go from superficial apologies to a true desire for lasting heart change by going to going to God, who can provide the desire and heart transformation that frees us. NOTES: •This Weeks Whiskey: Bainbridge Distillery - 100 proof Whiskey Forty Saloon bourbon (super tasty!) •This Weeks Cigars: My Father Cigars - https://myfathercigars.com •First recording in about 1 month - Christian H. talks a little about his 2 weeks Annual Training for the Army National Guard in Salt Lake City & Christian B. teases out how his family vacation did not go as planned and we will talk about that on the next episode. •This topic came about after Christian B. wrote the Blog Post, “I’m Sorry, But I’m Not Sorry”: manipulation masquerading as humility and repentance - https://www.buriencounseling.com/blog/june-27th-2021 •How does change happen? •Why do so many people struggle to implement lasting change and not fall back into destructive behavior •What motivates change? Simply being sorry we got caught (not actually sorry that we hurt someone else)? or a Deep sorrow for our sin and it's wounding effects, driving us to our knees in repentance and true desire to seek God and the lasting change he has for us? •If we are truly "sorry", would we continue doing the same thing over and over and over again (like our kids do)? •Does habitual sin happen to us... or are we active participants in pursuing that sin? •Do we really want to change and leave behind our sin and be transformed by the Holy Spirit. •Romans 7:15 - Paul talks about doing the things he doesn't want to do as a slave to sin... 15For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. •We can not both be the cause of our issues and sin, and the solution to it (We need Jesus and a power that comes from outside of ourselves (see Episode 021 on Self-love) •Christian B. sees a lot of situations where people are trying to put a new "paint job" on the outside but are still broken and un-changed on the inside. •When thinking of habitual and on-going sin that ensnares men, the obvious issue that comes up is often masturbation and pornography. •It's not the action that makes us sinners. If we aren't masterbating or looking at porn but our heart is full of lust and we want to and are making plans to do those things... we are still slaves to that sin desire. •We need to think vertically of our sin and how it hurts not just us and those around us but most importantly, hurts God and our relationship with Him. •Our sin should grieve us and we should pray Psalms 139 to ask God to help reveal our heart to us. •It's only our reliance and dependance on God (through prayer and regular time in the Bible) that will change our hearts desires and therefore our long-term actions and behavior and free us from our habitual sin and desires for sin. •To have real "heart change" engages the why behind what's causing the destructive behavior and not just the behavioral symptom of what's going on inside the heart. •Contrition, Confession & Repentance should be a regular rhythm in a Christian's life. •What do you do when we know we need to repent but don't want to...? Are we ok being not in control and feeling "weak" not being the one able to fix the situation? •We are called to be dependent on God. Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Christians and Conspiracy Theories w/ guests Katy Faust & Stacy Manning
1:17:11On this episode we are graced by two amazing female guests and authors, Katy Faust and Stacy Manning. They share a little about their amazing book on Children's Rights, "Them Before Us" and then we get into some juicy conversation about conspiracy theories, how we determine truth from myth, what the draw to believing them can be, why ideas matter so much and how bad ideas can have real and significant consequences on people and our relationships. NOTES: This Weeks Whiskey: Redwood Empire Whiskey - Pipe Dream Bourbon Our guest's amazing book on Children's Rights - "Them Before Us" Website: https://thembeforeus.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1642935964 "Children's rights are being sacrificed on the alter of adult desires" There is a massive impact that the lack of father's has on both son's and daughters... and some people are intentionally bringing kids into this world with no intention of the father's involvement, presence or even knowing who they are (fertility clinics & sperm donors) - Children NEED both their mother and fathers Children have a natural and inherent right to their mother and father. No matter married, single, gay or straight - Every adult needs to conform to the rights of children and do the hard things that are best for children What is a conspiracy? UFOs, Bigfoot, Classified government secrets, Vaccines, flat earth, Qanon... nothing is off limits for us in this episode. It's of critical importance that we read and understand our bibles so we know what truth is and can recognize and reject lies when we hear them. Pray regularly for wisdom and discernment A key question is, where are you sourcing your information and on what authority? The idea that "America is founded on racism" (Black Lives Matter (BLM), the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory or CRT) is a conspiracy theory and are sudo-gospel that offers alternative answers to the Biblical Gospel (providing different answers to the questions of what is the problem of humanity and what is the solution or salvation for that problem). The problem with conspiracy theories (and any alternative worldview or sudo-gospel) is that they want to little. They don't think big enough and their goals are too small. We are made by God to overturn wrongs, fight for justice, be reborn and renewed in a new nature... but it's not by our own work and hands but by God's work, allowing us to partner with Him. When the ultimate and true Gospel of God is rejected, people will create their own means of works salvation. Conspiracy theories are tempting to believe in because just like with any "good" lie, there is an element of truth to it. Did the first century citizens consider the claims of the Christian's that Jesus rose from the dead as a conspiracy... and if so, what's the difference between that conspiracy (a true one) and modern day examples of conspiracies? Christian B says that the difference is "intent". What is the intent of the various conspiracy claims? We talk about a bit about Art Bell's talk show (which specialized in call in guests and conspiracy theories). The Gospel Coalition - https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/conspiracy-theories-primer/ The deeper issue of believing in Conspiracy Theories is the issue of tribalism... to fill our legitimate needs of community, belonging and identity. Relationships are the only thing we leave this earth with and so are paramount importance... and things like conspiracy theories notoriously isolate and destroy relationships, as we prioritize those ideas above people. As Christian's, we need to be able to defend good & godly ideas and destroy bad ideas. Ideas have consequences and bad ideas creates victims. How does slander (Knowingly spreading lies about people) factor into conspiracies and loving your neighbor, in a time when misinformation and division is rampant? Love your enemies - Matthew 5:43-48 - 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[i] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Roman's 12:18 - "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." As Christian's, we are not called to be the aggressors and pick fights. We are called to stand firm and be faithful to God... and sometimes that means loosing friends but that is not the mark of success. Obedience to Christ is the mark of success, no matter how it turns out. When doing something is hard, that is most often the right thing to do. Rarely is the right thing to do easy or without cost (like standing up for what is right and true, even if it's unpopular and goes against societal majority consensus). When you find a hill worth dieing on, bring a friend / get reinforcements (standing up for truth in a conversation or online). Don't be afraid of "the mob", even though it may be uncomfortable. When you feel God is asking you to do something or say something to someone that you don't want to, Pray to God to open that door and make it abundantly obvious that you are to do that thing. At the end of the day, we need to care more about what God things of us than what other people think of us. God will never disappoint and humans always will. Call To Action: Follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/the_old_fashion_dad_podcast/) & Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oldfashiondadpodcast/) for more content & DM us to connect! Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashion-dad-podcast/id1513254208) or your favorite podcast app.
Should Christians Be Involved In Politics?
49:30This week we get fired up about politics. We talk social justice, the purpose of government, rail against the worldview of BLM and emphasize the importance of making God and scripture our highest authority, so He can inform our engagement with culture and not the other way around, where we are seeing a lot of Christian's trying to conform God into this world's image. NOTES: •This Weeks Whiskey: Don Julio Tequila •What are politics and what is the purpose of Government? •Politics are one aspect of our Culture... Culture drives politics and policies •What is culture and why does God care about Culture? He established our calling to cultivate creation in Genesis, with Adam's mandate to have dominion over the garden, animals and all of God's creation - to take the untapped potential God created and cultivate it into something more. •America's government and politics (self-governed by a constitutional republic & embrace of democracy) is very unique historically, when compared to the rest of the world • People are corrupt and sinful, therefore government will be imperfect and corrupt (to an extent) •As Christian's, politics will not save us through their policies or politicians who better represent our worldview. •A decline in cultural morality and social norms will not be reversed through politics, because politics is down-stream from culture. •America has historically been a light in the world when it came to foreign policy, standing up for what is right and getting involved in helping out other countries in times of need, both militarily and with food/financial aid. •As Christian's, God calls us to create culture and cultivate God's creation. •At a minimum, Christian's should be involved in politics by being informed voters. Voting for people and policies that are most in-line with what God loves, opposed to what God hates and will encourage for human flourishing. •The first organization & structure that God created was the family and that is our primary calling in this world, the foundation for society and all else flows out of that. We are called to be good workers and stewards of God's creation and that includes some of us being called to love and glorify God in politics. •We need to have and keep God's word as our highest authority and resist the temptation to engage the world on their terms. It should be deeply problematic for us if our churches (or us) spend more time talking about "social Justice" and cultural trends than they do about the Gospel. We need to understand that supporting or parroting talking points of organizations like Black Lives Matter (BLM), sets us against God because they are based on an alternative world view to how God has established his created order. •When culture starts influencing us more than our relationship with Christ & we start bending scripture and our image of Jesus to better fit into what our culture says is acceptable... we are going down the wrong road. •Scripture should be influencing our engagement with culture, not the other way around. •You can't fight discrimination and racism with more discrimination and racism. You can't fight injustice with more injustice. • 1 Timothy 4 talks about the sin of "Partiality", favoring one group of people over another. God has very strong words against those that show partiality towards others, no matter what the motive or wrong they claim they are trying to right. •God created us to give Glory back to God and a large part of that is loving what God loves and hating what God hates... aligning ourselves with what God values. •The "separation of church and state" is not in the constitution or in law. It was coined by Thomas Jefferson in reference to not having the US Government establish or endorse a specific religion because they had come from England, where the official religion was the Church of England and it had substantial sway over the government and they rightfully wanted to avoid that co-mingling. •We all experience sin being committed against us (injustice, racism, prejudice, etc) and we have a choice with how we respond to that... either with bitterness and anger or forgiveness and moving on and above our struggles. •We are all (as Christians) called to be representatives and "influencers" for Christ... through our work & interactions with others... and that includes politics. •If we are God centered, we are working hard to bring God the glory... when we are self-focused, we are trying to bring ourselves glory. •At the end of the day, we start with God and do what we do by working hard and joyfully for the Glory of God. •Check out the "Just Thinking Podcast" (https://justthinking.me/podcast-home/) for some great deep dives into unpacking the underlying ideas of social justice and our cultural moment •Check out "The Federalist Papers" to get some great insight into why the founding fathers wrote the United States Constitution the way they did and the ideas behind how they setup the US Government, as a Constitutional Republic and NOT as a Democracy, very much on purpose because they saw democracy as the tyranny of the majority. 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