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Christians and Conspiracy Theories w/ guests Katy Faust & Stacy Manning

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On 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:

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  • 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.

 

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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. 
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    Being a Single Dad with Guest Corey Uebelacker

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    The 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. 
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    Christians, Guns and Self-defense with the Owner of Rainier Arms

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    Today 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. 
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    Experiencing Trauma: Christian B. shares his story of sexual assault

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    This 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. 
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    Dealing With Disappointment and Frustration... when your plans go to s**t!

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    On 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. 

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