Children—Capable of Making Life-Altering Decisions?

An attention-grabbing title recently appeared in The Washington Post’s op-ed section, “Why do we let children buy firearms?”—a shocking title meant to generate traffic, no doubt. As you may surmise, the article is in response to the unthinkably horrific fatal shootings of nineteen students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, and ten people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

Now, before I begin, please know this blog post isn’t about gun control or what can or should be done here in America in relation to that. That’s a complicated issue and demands careful consideration from lawmakers and others. I’m not even commenting on the efficacy of the author’s overall point that the US should raise the minimum age at which guns can be purchased. What I want to point out is a glaring inconsistency within Marcus’ secular worldview.

In the article, the author, Ruth Marcus, argues that in America we allow children to buy “deadly weapons” when their “prefrontal cortexes, responsible for impulse control, don’t finish developing until the mid-20s,” asking “what rational society allows that?”

But she’s not writing about eight-year-olds buying firearms. She’s bemoaning that eighteen-year-olds (hardly “children”) can purchase firearms at a time in their life when their brains aren’t finished developing and when many make poor decisions driven by “anger and aggression.”

We live in a nation where children—actual children—can completely alter their future by taking hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones to “transition” from one gender to another.

Now here’s the inconsistency within the secular worldview: we live in a nation where children—actual children—can completely alter their future by taking hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones to “transition” from one gender to another. Such decisions are vigorously applauded by most secularists and, in many instances, actively encouraged. And yet those making the choice are often very young children, whose brains are far from finished developing.

It’s a blatant inconsistency. For those with this secular worldview, apparently children are wise and developed enough to make decisions about their gender and sexuality, often without parental knowledge or consent, but young adults are not yet developed enough to make other decisions.

Now, obviously Marcus isn’t going to bring gender transitions into an article about gun control, but it really is worth taking her line of reasoning and applying it to the sexualization of children that’s raging in our nation: if, by her reasoning, young adults shouldn’t be allowed to purchase guns because they might make horrific choices, why is our society steeping children in the LGBTQ worldview and doing everything they can to encourage impressionable children to make irreversible decisions about their biology at extremely young ages? To quote Marcus, “What rational society allows that?” (But would Marcus speak out against this? Very likely not. And she would probably object to what we’re saying in this article—but any objections would be totally inconsistent.)

Our hearts aren’t basically good—we are evil and depraved and in desperate need of a Savior.

Marcus misses what so many in our culture miss: the problem is the depravity of our hearts. Our hearts aren’t basically good—we are evil and depraved and in desperate need of a Savior. Our nation has divorced morality from the absolutes of God’s Word, taught children they’re just animals and that right and wrong are relative, stripped away the meaning and purpose of life, taught them this life is all there is, and torn down the family unit that God designed as the first and most fundamental human institution—and then they wonder why sinful human beings act on their sinful tendencies! It really is a spiritual issue. But we need to be reminded, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

While Marcus misses the big picture in her article, she’s right that children and, to an extent, even young adults are not mini-adults, capable of all the responsibility and appropriate decision making we expect from adults. They need to be discipled and trained in the ways of the Lord so they can know right from wrong and have the right worldview to properly view themselves, others, and God. “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

We live in a sin-cursed world and must wrestle with hard questions in the wake of tragedies, including those caused by evil people acting on their depravity. As the current national conversation centers around the horrors of what happened in Texas, let’s not forget that it is the biblical worldview and the gospel that is the ultimate answer to sin and evil (though certainly other practical considerations must be thoughtfully weighed) and that, someday, all evil will be destroyed and every wrong made right.

The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. (Psalm 145:20)

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  • A culture of death
  • Evolution faster than thought
  • Déjà vu and the peppered moth
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God’s Divine Protection

Written by: Ray Comfort

Have you ever thought about the whistle of a bird? Go outside one morning with the determined attitude to put everything out of your mind, and just listen to the birds. You will hear hundreds joyfully welcoming the morning. Then, zero in on one. Listen to him sing. Think of the complexity of his song. Think about how many millions of birds around the world are singing their own little hearts out with individual and complex tunes every morning.

Then, think of the power of God. How could He first think of and then have the mind to create flying creatures with their own minds that can sing with such brilliant dexterity? And we think we are insulting someone when we call them a “birdbrain.”

I love birds because they remind me of the greatness of God. I think about their wings, their eyes, their amazing feathers, their intuitive ability to create a nest for their offspring. I think about how they are able to recognize their own kind. I think about how they know how to flock together, to stay clear of predators, to search for their food, and to land with such incredible agility that they make a pilot’s three-point, perfect landing look clumsy.

My wife, Sue, and I get to watch birds up close from the comfort of our living room. I put reflective film on the inside of one of the windows and then built a deck on the outside—on which we put bird seed. We then sit back and have a front seat into the world of wild birds—from colorful finches to crown sparrows, cooing doves, elegant California scrub jays, and, of course, regular sparrows. Families of squirrels also drop in many times each day, walking across a bridge I made from the fence to the deck. There, they feast on free food, much to our delight.

“God forbid that we should ever gaze at the sinful pleasures of this world and long to be free from the confines of a life of cross-carrying and self-denial.”

The mirrored glass means we can literally get up close and personal. Even though we are just inches from them, none of the birds or the squirrels know we are there.

Years ago, I added some wire netting and created an aviary for a number of cute little finches we purchased from the local pet shop. I often wondered if the caged birds ever wished that they could be as free as the wild birds who had the liberty to fly into the vast blue heavens at will.

One day, as I was bird-watching, I was horrified to see a hawk swoop in, grab one of the terrified wild birds, and kill it as it screeched in terror. It was a horrible sight. When I ran outside, all I found was the feathered remnants of the attack. Tragically, the hawk had flown off with what was left of the bird in its claws.

An interesting reflection has come from seeing that shocking sight. I wonder if the birds in the caged environment—who would also have heard that awful sound—now see the cage as a place of safety.

Such is the way of the Christian home. Isn’t it true that teenagers can sometimes feel trapped or annoyed by boundaries given to them by their parents? Don’t these parents know that they are restricting their kids from the freedom to do what they want? But what many children don’t realize is that the hawks outside of the cage are waiting.

As those teenagers mature and look back on life in the world, they will ultimately see some of those hawks take lives through alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide, and abortion. They will see the damage done by pornography, fornication, adultery, and much more. It’s then that they will thank God for the love of their parents in providing protective boundaries.

But the illustration goes deeper. Each of us, as Christians, is preserved in Christ, “having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). Our Father has given us a cage to keep us from the enticement of sin. God forbid that we should ever gaze at the sinful pleasures of this world and long to be free from the confines of a life of cross-carrying and self-denial.

We are waiting for a kingdom that cannot be moved, one that is saved from the claws of death—mankind’s greatest predator. May we be grateful for what we have been saved from and for the treasure that we have in Christ:

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. (Colossians 3:4-7)

But don’t let your gratitude stop there. Think about the sons of disobedience. Think about how sin once deceived you with its pleasures, and then think soberly of this evil world’s terrible fate. Such thoughts should put wings to our feet. We should daily pray for and run to the lost, pleading with them to repent and trust in Jesus. Their precious life depends on it.

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5 Ways to Help Your Local Pregnancy Care Center

Recently I wrote about the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that looks to overturn the horrific 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Although this leaked document was only a draft and no official ruling has been made public yet, the leak has caused the abortion debate to explode (violently), once again, across the nation—you’ve likely seen just some of the intense emotions surrounding such an important topic in your social media feeds.

But, sadly, the rage felt by many who are pro-abortion (really, pro-child–sacrifice, which is murder), was expressed by at least one person who firebombed and vandalized the headquarters of a pro-life group in Wisconsin on Mother’s Day. Apparently, the vandals threw a Molotov cocktail through a window, and when it failed to ignite, they started a fire and then spray-painted, “If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either” on the outside of the building. (Of course, the irony is no abortion is safe—in a “successful” abortion, at least one person always dies!).

It’s a wonderful time for believers to support these ministries and help get them ready to assist even more women if Roe v. Wade is indeed overturned.

While, thankfully, most pro-life centers and pregnancy care centers aren’t being vandalized, these groups are doing compassionate and life-saving work in a time when their opponents are vocally slandering them, and tensions are running high. It’s a wonderful time for believers to support these ministries and help get them ready to assist even more women if Roe v. Wade is indeed overturned. Here are five practical ways1 you can help your local center:

  1. Volunteer. This may seem obvious but consider this: pregnancy care centers need volunteers to run their day-to-day operations—answering the phone, counseling moms and dads, offering post-abortive care and gospel hope, performing pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, and more. But a volunteer who can offer a free maternity photo session to a pregnant couple, a free prenatal massage, translation services, or even a haircut or manicure could be a huge blessing to the center, helping them make moms and dads feel valued.
  2. Give. Again, an obvious one, but doing ministry costs money, and God uses his people to accomplish his work, often through their generous financial giving. But there are other ways you can give than just by donating to the core ministry. Throw a baby shower to make a mother who may not have means or support to have a baby shower feel special. Host a diaper or formula drive to provide much-needed baby items to families in need. Get creative with your family (what a wonderful way to help children see the value of life!) on how you can give.
  3. Fill their closets. Check with your local center to see if they accept donations of gently used maternity and baby items. Then donate what you may have that you no longer need and ask friends and family to join in.
  4. Talk to your church. Get your church family involved with supporting a local center. Consider seeing if your church could “adopt a mom” and purchase everything she needs—from a car seat to a crib to diapers—to care for her baby. A great way to do this is to have the mother or the care center create an Amazon baby registry of items she needs. Then have members of the church purchase items off that registry, which are then shipped directly to the center to be given to the mother.
  5. Pray. What we’re seeing playing out in the culture right now regarding this issue is ugly—and it’s part of a spiritual war. We need to be praying that moms and dads would choose life and that pregnancy care centers would continue to be safely able to operate with compassion, help, and gospel-centered hope.

We praise the Lord for the many committed individuals who give of their time, resources, and energy to save babies for the glory of God. It’s a vital work in a dark time.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 31:8)

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  • Do Christians need to repent of “anti-Judaism”?
  • Does evolution appreciate beauty?
  • Is a supermassive black hole precursor a “missing link”?
  • And more!

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Why Mark Zuckerberg is wrong about the Bible

Mark Zuckerberg knows a good amount about the Bible! In this clip, you’ll hear him talk in-depth about the book of Genesis and how it speaks to the purpose of our existence. You’ll also see how Mark Zuckerberg appears to believe in both evolution and the book of Genesis. Ray Comfort comments on Zuckerberg’s unique perspectives, and then shares the gospel with a young man who also believes in evolution.

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What Elon’s Purchase of Twitter Means for the Gospel

Elon Musk, who openly supports freedom of speech, recently purchased 100% of Twitter, a platform that has many policies that hinder Christians from speaking on more sensitive subjects, such as gender. Ray Comfort comments on this exciting acquisition, how it relates to Christians, and then shares the gospel with a staunch—but friendly—atheist.

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