Authentic Values: Who We Are

Authentic Values; We Hold these Truths to be Self-EvidentAuthentic Values; We Hold these Truths to be Self-Evident

The Articles of Confederation declare who WE are. “WE” as former loyal subject to the Crown of England, now separated from fidelity and loyalty to the Crown and committed to the understanding and values of natural law, which the Crown no longer recognized in regards to the colonists. .

The Declaration of Independence gave legal form to the United States. It establishes the “We” in “We the People…of these United States…” There is no authentic “We” in America apart from the Declaration of Independence!

The Constitution provides the rules of the game.

Liberty- to enact values and understandings of who they are under natural law

Bible– clarification and codification of God’s design

Americans– located in time and space

America- based on ideas and values, principles of Declaration-natural law and authentic values. The Declaration is the answer key. How Americans behave is the performance

Because there been poor performances on the test, people keep coming up with different answer keys. Once you do that you no longer have a class-or a country- you have a mess.

If you are going to be fully alive and press into what God has for you in life, it’s probably going to be an adventure.

Is fealty to a country important?  A country is a system that allows manifestation and application of authentic transcendent principles that make for a dignified society that American has been to planet earth.

“If you are not proud to be an American, you don’t understand what America is.” Dr. David Nehring

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Authentic Values: Recent History

Recent History –

Habits of the Heart by Sullivan, Bellah, Madsen https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/habits-of-the-heart-individualism-and-commitment-in-american-life_robert-n-bellah_richard-madsen/254709/item/2520699/?

Chronicles the the shift in the 1970’s to postmodernism and political correctness, which has lead to the socially predatory rhetoric of critical race theory and the language of intersectionality.

The 80’s and 90’s synthetic values took over the Media and the educational academies.

Defintions

  • Postmodernism –doesn’t accept truth claims. It is time bound and doesn’t recognize timeless truths. This is the beginning of tyrannical language cloaked in victimization.
  • Axiomatic Truths – basic starting places-“Properly basic;” truth claims;; Ethical economy.
  • Critical Theory- power dynamics regarding race, sex, culture, etc. based on relative power dynamics; who has power and who doesn’t.

“There are two sides to every argument but one side to facts.”

Relationships are more complicated when cultures are breaking down. Culture provides a common frame of reference that makes meaning and communication easier and more straightforward.

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“American society as drifted away from its natural law understanding of society, the Republic, of people and we’ve lost the common frame of references to have real conversations with one another about what is right, good, and proper. That’s applying to all levels of society now. For us to be able to keep our heads in all of this, it’s important that we really focus on authentic values and natural law and apply that first in our own life and then with others. This is the basis of Christian faith and values.” Dr. David Nehring

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Authentic Values: The Cause of Polarization

Authentic Values: The Cause of PolarizationWhat is causing Polarization?

Definitions

  • Authentic Values- genuine and trustworthy- it is what it is. Our design and purpose as humans.
  • Synthetic Values- made by humans by adding or removing substances.
  • Metaphysics- provides the basis for understanding what is true, good, beautiful, rational and just. It is the basis for understanding our understanding; the framework.
  • Religion- how we engage with God
  • Natural Law- transcends individual, culture, gender or race.

Scripture References

  • Ecclesiastes3:11 – Eternity in their hearts
  • Romans 2-3- the Torah within them

Book Recommendation

  • That Hideous Strength C.S.Lewis
  • The Space Trilogy by C.S.Lewis

Examples of Synthetic Values – certain values are inverted above others.

  • Communism
  • State Mandated Socialism
  • All Marxism
  • Facism
  • True Racism
  • Transhumanism
  • Atheistic Capitalism

You can be an authentic person with synthetic values.

Being True to yourself is not the same as being True, trustworthy or honest. Telling my own “truth” is about perception and opinion. It is not necessarily fact based.

“The Social chaos is not created by the polarization. The polarization is a result of a mass misunderstanding of natural value.” Dr. David Nehring

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Authentic Values-Part 2

Authentic Values- How Did This Come About?Authentic Values- How Did This Come About?

Definitions:

  • Natural Law – a body of unchanging moral principles regarded as a basis for all human conduct.
  • Synthetic Law – a substance that is formulated or manufactured.
  • Polarization – a sharp division of a population or groups, into opposing factions.
  • Multiculturalism– the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society.
  • Political Correctness – Political correctness is a term used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society.
  • Risky Shift Risky shift occurs when people change their decisions or opinions to become more extreme and risky when acting as part of a group, compared with acting individually; this is one form of the phenomenon known as group polarization.

Suicide Numbers

Habits of the Heart-Social study and social commentary.

“The genius of the American system is that it actually drew from a particular tribe and was able to get to what was dep and authentic and real; the principles of Natural Law and apply it to everybody. It interpreted that through the culture of the time and various cultures as they were added to the American Experience, creating an American-ness where all people could pursue life, liberty and happiness.”  Dr. David Nehring

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Authentic Values – Part 1: Natural Law

Today we are talking about Natural Laws vs Synthetic Values – talking about the life skills necessary to maintain a free republic.Today we are talking about Natural Laws vs Synthetic Values – talking about the life skills necessary to maintain a free republic.

Natural law, (Encyclopedia Britannica) in philosophy, a system of right or justice held to be common to all humans and derived from nature rather than from the rules of society, or positive law.

Synthetic Values

CS Lewis the Tao 

Tevye On The Other Hand video clip.

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Unity in Worship with Nathan Wilbur

Singing and worship aren’t the first things that come to mind when we hear the phrase, Life Skills. But decades ago, communal worship and song were key parts of the Culture. Pastor Nathan Wilbur of Wilbur Ministries shares with us the benefits of family worship in his home growing up.Singing and worship aren’t the first things that come to mind when we hear the phrase, Life Skills. But decades ago, communal worship and song were key parts of the Culture. Pastor Nathan Wilbur of Wilbur Ministries shares with us the benefits of family worship in his home growing up.

  • Worshipping as a family forces us to think through our priorities; it invites God into our homes and brings to the family together over something wholesome.
  • A regular worship time as a family helps us think through the roles God has given us, and makes it easier to come to terms with them
  • If you are worried about time, simply set aside ten minutes on the weekend. If you would like to go longer but can’t, pray for more time.
  • Feel bashful about singing aloud? Don’t worry about it; if your or a family member’s voice sounds like a football stuck in a tuba, it doesn’t matter. The point is worshiping God and connecting as a family
    • Reclaim the culture of song; fifty years ago, the quality of voices didn’t matter, they just made more memories
    • Parents delight in the voice of their children, why wouldn’t God delight in ours?
  • This may have the side effect of churning up buried issues; good. That is God digging up the skeletons so all parties can have cleaner, more honest relationships.
  • This will be a discipline, it will be hard and awkward at first, but stick with it; its long term benefits are worth it.
  • Maintain an attitude of gratitude for what God has given us.

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Planning in Strange Times

This week on Life Skills 101 Podcast with Lisa Nehring – Let’s talk about Planning in Strange Times with Tamera Pool!  Listen in for some great tips.  Here are some show notes for you:

  • Examine what your kids need, and help them plan how to address it
  • Don’t be afraid to ask God what you need
  • Pray for your kids
  • Remember; you don’t always need what everyone says you need
    • Borrow
    • Buy used
  • Know your goals
  • Be specific in your goals
    • Do it
    • Get accountability
    • If you need it, get help
  • Make back up plans in case your plan A isn’t viable
  • Be proactive
    • Don’t get things done at the last minute

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Writing and Education in Crazy times with Andrew Pudewa of Institute for Excellence in Writing

In this week's episode of Life Skills 101 podcast, Andrew Pudewa of IEW fame offers several tips to encourage this skill in crazy times.While Writing isn’t exactly a soft skill, it is an invaluable hard skill that makes a feed back loop with the soft skills. Andrew Pudewa of IEW fame offers several tips to encourage this skill in crazy times.

  • The top two things needed for your kids are; Language Skills (liberal arts), and Math skills (Logic/Stem/Arithmetic)
    • Choose what is interesting, but also needed.
  • Teach your kids how to memorize
    • Especially poetry, this will teach them diction, and heavily ingrain a love for language and reading, which in turn will give them a love for learning.
  • The 4 deadly errors of teaching writing:
    • Over correction
    • With holding help- if your child asks for it when writing, they probably need it.
    • Unclear Assignments- Your child cannot follow instructions they don’t understand. Be clear.
    • Over expectation- set a high bar, but be willing to give grace for learners.

 

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The Power of Notebooking with Cindy Rushton

Join Life Skills 101 and Cindy Rushton as we talk about notebooking!Join Lisa Nehring and this week’s special guest, Cindy Rushton, and they discuss the power of notebooking!  Here are some notes from the podcast:

  • Note-booking: A storage container for new ideas or thoughts you want to remember.
    1. “… The way for writers who love to write, to write what they love about or what they love to learn”
  • Notebooks document what you have studied. It allows you to interact with the material in a unique way.
    1. Lapbooks; a smaller, portable version that fits inside the larger notebook
  • Notebooks allow the child to get their thoughts on a subject down, then read them when most needed later in life.
    1. An example would be Cindy’s son Matt; after a hard deployment in Afghanistan, he found a quote in his childhood notebook:

“…My religious belief teaches me to feel as sage in battle as in Bed. God has fixed the time of my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” -Stonewall Jackson

The Notebooks help our children be ready for life:

    • Matt Rushton is currently developing new ideas based off what is written in his notebook
    • Helps with Learning as a lifestyle, as it is to hold what interests its owner. This will carry with us no matter where we go.

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Dealing with the DARK SIDE of World History with Linda Lacour Hobar

Please join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for a pensive and inspirational look at how and why to embrace the dark side of history! Does the dark side of history get you down? Are you unsettled by the morbid details? Fear not! The gloom and doom of world history, and concerns of present-day, can be a valuable and effective tool for teaching life lessons and reaching the hearts of your students with the Gospel.

Please join Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, for a pensive and inspirational look at how and why to embrace the dark side of history! (Content appropriate for students age 10 and up.)

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