The Gipper

“I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual. And let me offer lesson No. 1 about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.” —Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was speaking of teaching our offspring about America and its values. We seem to have lost the desire to talk about all the good things of the past. We have allowed this to happen by the changing of subjects studied in school, and by not spending time talking about history with our children. Most know little about places and events of our historical past, but can name a hundred imagineary characters on some computer game. There is nothing wrong with their minds, but much wrong with what is being put in them. We live in a real world and need to be aware of why we have a country, as well as learning about the people and events that shaped it. When I was in school we all studied American History. That seems to have changed now.

We have lost something else by not talking with our family. That is the knowledge of God. How much┬átime does your family spend in discussion of religious things. Children today, in most cases, have very little bible knowledge. They take after their parents, who show little interest in spiritual things. You cannot teach what you do not know, is a basic fact. Fathers have a responsibility to “bring their children up in the nurture and admonitation of the Lord” (Eph. 6), but few fathers know what that is. We fail ourselves and our children when we forget the history of our nation and our God.

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Published in: on July 13, 2009 at 3:25 PM  Comments Off on The Gipper