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It’s rather ironic how Satan works.

For example, our society. We take bits and pieces of morals and standards from Scripture, apply it to our secular institutions and practices, and everyone’s happy. We’re united. We’re a family.

It’s kind of disgusting.

You see, this post came about largely because of my high school’s latest edition of our school newspaper (Eaton Red Ink). The paper isn’t really the issue, God more used it to bring the issue back to my attention.

Our high school likes promoting this idea of being a family, of loving each other. It’s “One Tribe, One Family”, as the headline of one of the paper’s articles reads.

The same old cliches come out everywhere it seems.

I joined Red Ink’s staff my freshman year and decided to leave at the end of my junior year. When I was on staff, I conducted a lot of interviews, and one thing you wanted to avoid in those interviews was getting really cliche answers. The answers mostly ended up kinda cliche regardless. And the cliche quite often involved family.

It didn’t involve “family” in terms of a player or member’s actual family. No, it was always about how the team was a family. The team’s like a family, the club is a whole ‘nother family. It comes up again and again in school and extracurriculars. 

“It’s a home away from home.”

“These people are my family.”

In an extracurricular I’m involved in the same thing is present. After there had been some tension in the group (and there still was tension) some of the seniors gave a whole spiel about being a family. A whole spiel about coming together as a family, and all that garbage.

Not long after, we have “Traditions” that involve tearing each other down. In an argument with the guys in the group about not doing this “Tradition,”  repeatedly I’m told, “Because it’s funny Everet.” 

And we call ourselves a family? We tear each other down “because it’s funny”?

And the school wants to call us a family?

I am not part of anybody’s family but the family of Christ Jesus and the family I was born into. I do not want to be united with the world. I am not a family member of any secular organization or evil group that “loves” each other.

They know nothing of love if they know nothing of God.

The school wants to put on this big old smiley face mask while it pretends we’re a happy family that’s noble and praiseworthy, despite some flaws.

It’s disgusting that our newspaper talks so much about coming together, being unified by diversity, loving each other, being a family, while everything is falling apart. While everything’s crashing down, we say we’re fine. Instead of doing or even saying something, the newspaper puts out its fourth or fifth story on freakin’ vaping.

We’ve put out I don’t know how many stories on vaping, and a story on mental illness, and some stories about how great our school or our staff are. We follow closely behind the liberal movement ravaging our country.

I hardly care whether or not someone vapes! I care about the salvation of people’s souls! I care about the well-being of people, and telling them to be nice to each other does hardly anything worthwhile.

Have those anti-bullying videos done a single thing? I highly doubt it. 

Maybe if we tore down the “safe spaces” and “gay does not mean stupid” signs we could fix some things. Maybe if we told some people they’re stupid and wrong we could make things better.

Catering to somebody’s feelings does nothing for us except help send that person on their way to Hell. Do you understand what I’m saying?

And I would love for the school board and district members to read this article. I think I could rejoice if they fired me from my position in the school district’s technology department. (I don’t think that’d be legal of course, but the constitution doesn’t matter, right?)

And if I sound angry in this article, then good. I think it is righteous anger.

Stop telling us we’re a family when I see a kid in my class looking like he might kill himself and the best anybody can do for him is tell him everyone makes mistakes and he’s a good person or some other garbage like that. That does NOTHING for him. NOTHING.

I tell that kid that he’s right, he is a failure. But so am I. And there’s hope.

See, our society caters to our fantasies and our dreams. And we plaster on lies at every turn. In my junior history class we literally got taught in such a way that the majority of my class came to a consensus that Margaret Sanger was the most heroic out of three historical figures we discussed!

And kids go off to school and learn that the people there are their family. At home, they rebel against their parents, their mother divorces their father, their dad leaves, or they just wanna hang out with friends. Their fathers don’t teach them. Public education teaches them. The government teaches them.

Do you trust the government? They take our money and teach young people (like me) lies.

A transgender biological male is allowed in the girl’s bathroom, feminism is promoted, progressivism is praised, self-esteem is encouraged, and evolution is taught. All in the small town of Eaton, Colorado. And if you want to call this an attack on Eaton School District, RE-2, go right ahead. It’s pretty bad like this at most other school districts too, I’d imagine. Probably worse at many. You can consider it an attack on the public school system in general, actually.

My siblings in Christ and I just yesterday had a man threaten to shoot us, light us up, and talk about beheading us as Christians. So don’t think it scares me so much to be hated by people.

It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. ‘So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 10:25-33

Christians should not fear people; they should fear God. I am not fearless, and I do certainly fear people many times, but God’s much more powerful than that.

Our society has truly become like “those” mentioned in Isaiah 5:20-21:

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!

It’s disturbing what’s happening. Can you see it? A sermon I listened to by Paul Washer helped bring this to my attention a lot. (You can listen to the sermon here.) 

What’s happening is this: the institution of family in America is being destroyed. It’s being annihilated. That’s happening along with everything else.

Some of what I say and have said may seem a bit disjointed, but the point is that society is destroying itself and its practices, however good they might seem, have latent evil masked with a mask of goodness.

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15

I come before you, and I am nothing. I am nothing apart from Christ, that is. I realize that a secular institution will act secularly. I cannot expect a lost person to act saved. But, to the Christians, I wish for you to recognize the reality of things. To see the truth of the matter.

I am young, trying to become a man. I may not have much right to speak. There are so, so many far wiser and older than me. But right, right now, I’ve spoken as a servant of Christ, or at least I have tried to, however young I may be.

I have simply seen the darkness of this land and a darkness overtaking my little town and my school district, and I have spoken of this darkness. I can do some, but only God can really change things. Only God can truly bring revival.

But that doesn’t mean we sit still and do nothing. I am but 17 years old, a senior in high school, and I only have a little influence. But reformation could come from the parents, from the taxpayers. Reformation could come from the community, from those who finance our schools and our projects.

The much older and wiser than me could stand up if they have not already. God could use willing hands like that. I have been on the inside, so I make it known to those on the outside. For those who have not known of the extent of the darkness, I make some more of it known.

And for those on the inside with me, we may not be in the most ideal situation as far as we can see, but we can still be salt. We can still be light.

Will the men of God rise up, then? Will the women of God rise up too, in support of the men? Will we care and fight for the weak and lost? Will we be offensive? Will we risk our lives, will we speak the truth, will we lose our friends, will we abandon our comfort? Will we pay the price?

Our society is dying. Let us stand up and fight, and let us fight properly, and let us fight well. And may we do all of it to the glory of Christ Jesus our magnificent King. Amen.

All direct verse quotations are taken from the ESV

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