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Choice Control

The tragic events that recently happened in Florida have shaken a nation already in turmoil.  I pray for the families affected by the tragedy. I also pray for our president, whose job it is to guide this fine land in the darkest hours and the brightest. I wish he could, without having to account to the self-proclaimed media gurus for his every move.

Oh, but there’s more. So much more.

Itty-bitty Fayetteville, North Carolina has seen its own share of shootings recently, and I agree with the theory that shootings spawn more of the same. But stricter gun control won’t solve a thing. All it will do is tie the hands of law-abiding gun-owning citizens. Those with no regard for the law will be affected by all the gun control laws in the world because – imagine this – they don’t care!

Any woman in the world will tell you that a man’s gonna do what a man’s gonna do. Joyce Meyer says that a made-up mind is a powerful thing. You  can use it to become the next JD Rockefeller. Or you can go the Timothy McVeigh route. It boils down to choice. If a teenager has decided that shooting people is the answer to a perceived problem in their world, stricter gun laws are not going to change that perception. It may mean they have to jump through more hoops to achieve their goal, but it won’t change their mind. It doesn’t address the root of the problem. Free will.

I’m so ready for the government to start making folks young and old take accountability for their own actions. The media always blames it on the scapegoat of violent video games (a choice) or dysfunctional family life (a choice) or any current trend they happen to have handy. It boils down to one thing. Choice.

I’d like to share something with you that recently made the local news. It’s something that shouldn’t even have become an issue in this fine country of ours, but apparently our brains dropped out some time in the last decade and we now accept anything from anyone with any agenda… as long as the pockets are deep enough.

“Cumberland County Schools remove controversial sex-ed class” – sounds good, right? Until you read a little further. ” “It’s been a hot topic for months.” Ya think? Norwood said it like that’s a bad thing. “We don’t want our children to be taught there are various ways to have sex…” said Judy Cannady, CCS parent.” Which is her right. The school has no business deciding how children learn about sex. That’s the parent’s job. Or it was the last time I checked. “The program is really focused on decision making and self-esteem. The content is age appropriate…” According to Tania Connaughton-Espino, schools should have the right to teach our children oral and anal sex are ok. At a 6th, 7th and 8th grade level. Which I don’t happen to classify as ‘decision making and age appropriate’. But that’s just me. Shift-NC can “recommend” this program to Cumberland County Schools all they want, but the parents have rights too.

“… that topic is something Cumberland County parents say they’d rather teach at home.” (emphasis mine). Seriously? With all due respect, Morgan Norwood, they shouldn’t have to “say”. Forgive me for being old-fashioned but I believe the job of the school system is to teach what my grandmother, God rest her soul, referred to as the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing, and Rithmatic. Remind me – where does sex come in? It doesn’t.

The other article, “Cumberland School Board to Drop Controversial Sex-Ed Program” also has issues. First of all, why is it labeled ‘controversial’ when local parents are brave enough to be vocal about the fact that they don’t want their schools teaching sex because their county has chosen to accept funding from Planned Parenthood? Next issue is the tag below the picture – “complaints stall Cumberland sex ed program” (emphasis mine). Why does it need to be stalled? It shouldn’t even be an issue in the first place! How can the program be “designed to reduce risky sexual behavior” when it’s advocating oral and anal sex with anyone and everyone you happen to like? How is that unrisky? “… officials decided to delay it and review the curriculum in light of parental concerns.” (emphasis mine). I shudder to think what would have happened in my home town if a bunch of parental concerns hadn’t gotten together and made enough noise that folks had to take notice! In my humble opinion a 6th grader isn’t old enough to make educated decisions on “sexual preference”, or learn “how to use a condom”. I don’t consider that ‘education’.

Seriously. I’m interested. What are your thoughts on this hot topic of the day? All I ask is that you make your responses G-rated.

Kari, the so-against-sex-ed-for-6th-graders

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Slingers and Keepers

Psalm 24 verse 14 says that the secrets if the Lord are with those who fear Him, and that He ‘makes known His covenant to them.’  I’m not completely sure what the second half means – after years of prayer I don’t have too much revelation – but I have thought deeply on the concept of God sharing His secrets. As a gal who grew up with no bff and no-one to share her deepest darkest secrets with, the idea that the Creator of all we see and all we know, the One who put the stars in the Heavens with His fingers, wants to share His secrets with me is, I admit, fairly mind-blowing. Call me a legalist if you choose but I take Him at His word… literally. I told God that anyone could be a secret slinger: I wanted to be a secret keeper.

After I got this (for me) rather heavy revy I started praying differently. I also noticed in the next six months that multiple women snagged me at church on a Sunday morning, seemingly randomly in passing, intent on exposing the hidden details of their life. To me! A red-head from Reading, England. In fact, when I probed further as to why they trusted me with such information they both responded with the same phrase: “You’re a safe place.” In the words of my grandmother (may she rest in peace) you could have knocked me down with a feather! I didn’t know these women intimately, yet they knew I was a secret keeper.

How wild is that? God actually answering prayers? Omg. Who’d have thunk it? So… will you choose to be a slinger? Or a keeper? I choose keeper, every time.

Kari, the keeper-not-slinger

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