My best friends,
my brother and I
all decided that we wanted to go to a homeschool dance that we had heard about...
We went as brother/sister pairs. Accountability is everything!
When we hear "homeschool", we think of the privilege some parents have to allow their kids to stay home and guide them in their studies based on a biblical worldview....or at the very least somewhat guarded from our declining culture. Sadly though, this group of people did not have the same worldview. The color in their tinted lenses, was one of a "Tolerating", "Accepting", and "loving", people with alternative lifestyles. Which we unfortunately did not hear about until after this all went down. They were open to all different lifestyles, and accepting people in sin for "who they are". We as Christians should definitely love others that are in sin, but we should have a different love than the world. A God love. We should love them so much that we grieve for their souls. We should grieve for theirs souls so much that we would run for the opportunity to share the Gospel and plead with them to beg God for repentance and forgiveness. So you can see why we were disappointed.
This is what probably offended me the most with this group...that it just a mere reflection of what the culture is really all about. They want us to openly celebrate SIN. From dancing to horrible music choices, to saying aww when two thirteen year-olds are making out in the back corner. If you think about it, the culture wants Christians to accept and celebrate their choices (Gays, lesbians, Buddhists, Muslims, atheists, feminists, etc.), as seen in the dance's choice of music, but when we want to celebrate what we believe in, they immediately turn away....heck, most times they get angry and shout "intolerance!" There was not one Christian song, or even a song that acknowledged God in a holy manner, in the entire 4 hours we were there... If anything they played songs that only mocked Him. It was extremely saddening. But when we stand up for what we believe, we are the bad guys. Take a look at the Grammy Nominee "Take me to Church" by Hoizer (which was one of the song choices for this dance BTW)... That just throws tolerance out the window, doesn't it?
Our moms explained on the way home, "Culture calls high school the best 4 years of one's life" and it is due to experiences like this??
Anyways, I could go on this subject forever... My favorite part of that night was getting ready for the dance (Thank you Mom, Dad, Mr. And Mrs. Ryan!).
We all had so much fun getting ready,
riding in the "limo" jamming to some great beats,
an incredible dinner set to live music...
etc. I love every opportunity that I get to spend time with the people that I love! Although, you knew we would see the fruit of man's sin, you guys encouraged us to get out into the culture, proclaiming God's truth and holding to His standard!...
Many give our parents a hard time about sheltering their children but if any of YOU know any of US...you know we are quite "well rounded" as the parents like to say. Our exposure to the world is always under the protection of our protectors. We are thankful that the mission of our parents is to raise soldiers. We will be armed and dangerous when we step out on our own.
2 Timothy 2:4 4 "No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him."
Soli Deo Gloria
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
Which leads me into the end of my post. Which is probably my favorite part!!
After seeing what the culture is getting to do, and how people enjoy it... How much more effective would it be if we did the same exact thing with a different motive, Doing it to the glory of God, behind it? Do you see where I'm going with this?
WE ARE THROWING OUR OWN DANCE! Only with this dance, our goal will be to keep morals and values....our motive behind all activities in line with God's Word. There will be heavy filtering on the music, a dress code, we will be encouraging teens to come as groups and not with "dates", and will be eliminating the aspect of "slow" dancing... Our theme will be the 1940's, WWII era. Our featured dancing technique will be swing. Everyone will look like they stepped right out of that black-and-white screen and into today (victory rolls, polka dots, aviators and all!). Everyone will leave knowing a little bit more about what really happened during that decade! Also, all of the proceeds will be going to a meaningful charity having to do with war veterans (still being determined).
More information will be coming soon. And if you would like an email notification about it, please email me using the "Contact me" box on the side, and as soon as we have a newsletter put together, I will make sure it gets sent to you!
1 Timothy 1:12-17
"I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."