By Robert Menzies
Recently I spoke with a Chinese friend via Zoom. He noted that he is concerned because his oldest son will begin middle school next year. As a middle school student, his son will have to attend school from 7:00 am to 8:45 pm. The Chinese government has extended the school schedule, so now his son will eat lunch and dinner at the school, away from his family. This reminds me of the hardcore earlier years in China’s history (the 1970s-80s) when kids spent 6 or 6.5 days in school every week. This policy was slowly changed and became more relaxed over time. Now, however, the government is ramping up this old policy of demanding that children spend huge amounts of time in school. I believe this policy is an attempt by the government to take the place of the parents. Mao sought to do this in the 1950’s with the collectives that attempted to treat children as belonging to the “collective” rather than their biological parents. We are seeing some of this same kind of impulse in the U.S. these days with the government seeking to deny parents the right to have input in what is taught to their children in the public schools.
Where we are currently:
- THERE IS ONE GOD, ETERNALLY EXISTING AS THREE PERSONS: FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.
- THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD; THROUGH HIS SUBSTITUTIONARY, SACRIFICIAL DEATH ON THE CROSS, HE PROVIDES HUMANKIND ITS ONLY HOPE OF REDEMPTION.
- ALL BELIEVERS SHOULD SEEK THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IMPARTS POWER FOR WITNESS AND SERVICE. THE BAPTISM OF BELIEVERS IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS EVIDENCED BY THE INITIAL, OBSERVABLE SIGN OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT ENABLES.
- THE BIBLE IS THE COMPLETE AND ONLY WRITTEN WORD OF GOD. IT IS TRUSTWORTHY AND RELIABLE.
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