02 December 2009


"The battle is in the minds and hearts of our children."

At first glance this article seems like an overly long advertisement to buy Answers in Genesis products. I would have worded things differently, but if you look deeper at the content of the article, you will realize, the author is really only trying to sell to you the idea that our children are in danger of being indoctrinated with a THEORY (as no one was there at the beginning) that would ultimately turn their hearts against God (as if we needed more godless people in this world). BTW, as Christians, our belief about the origin of creation is a theory too, it's just that "some theories are more valid than others". You can teach your children to have confidence in God's Word and find your own extra resources, but AiG has made that job easier, as they feel the Lord has lead them to do so.

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses."2 Corinthians 10:3-4

I get nervous about my son's schooling here. Homeschooling is illegal, THE Christian school here will work for a short time, but the real issue is the German way that demands conformity to it's system. Americans have been trained to live and let live, but Germans are very different. Everyone sends their kids to kindergarten at age 3, because they just do (really, that's the answer they give). Everyone believes what is being taught, because they just do.

Part of the mentality is sort of refreshing, but it takes a little while to get used to it. "Why do you get your Christmas tree earlier than one day before?" I really have gotten that question. "Because I'd like to look at my hard work on display for longer than 24 hours, is that okay with you?" (I have a sinful tendency to get pretty nasty). All that to say Germans have no problem with confrontation. They don't just talk about you behind your back (everyone gossips), they just tell you how they feel about what you're doing to your face, whether the opinion was invited or not. This is alarming for Americans.

I remember I was in the States 4 months after Keane was born and while I went to a show Keane had gotten really sick because I bought him the wrong formula (duh). Anyway, I was use to the German way of life where you can wear what is going on inside on the outside and I went into a grocery store doing just that. You should have seen the look on the clerk's face like, "I don't know what to do with this crazy woman, someone call the authorities!" In the States, we avoid people or label them or ostracize them when they don't feel the same way we do about a subject, like, "what a pleasant night in the grocery store" for example. At least with the German mentality, they are open and they are still your friend, even if you disagree. You just have to hold your ground. I've learned a lot from them.

Well all that to say, the "German system" is going to find out a few things about the Vargheses when it comes to Keane and school, but that's a bridge we'll cross when we get there. Pray for us.

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