Church community leads to right path
by Donald Conkey, columnist
October 17, 2013 12:23 AM | 1267 views | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Recently, while sitting in church and listening to the assigned speakers — a youth of 14, a young woman about 20, and a young medical professional — I began to think of how former first lady Hillary Clinton had said that it takes “a community to raise a child.”

While I totally disagree with Clinton’s progressive definition of ‘the community’ in the context of raising a child, I believe that it does take a “community” to raise a child. Clinton’s use of the term community is related to her progressive /socialist beliefs and agenda. Her community is the state. My use of the word “community” is spiritually connected to “the church.”

Her state community would take control of the child beginning at birth, using women only as breeding stock, as did Hitler with his youth programs in the 1930s.

My understanding of the church community is a community that supports and sustains the traditional family, a married father, mother and the children, as the family endeavors to raise children to become responsible independent adult men and women, prepared by their parents, and God, to reach their eternal potential by teaching them “correct principles so they (children) learn how to govern themselves.”

The traditional family is still the foundation of all stable societies, and when the family begins to disintegrate society begins to disintegrate, as America has experienced during the recent surge of the progressive agenda.

Clinton’s community has no family, no living God, the state is their family, their god, with their guidebook, Sol Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” a book literally dedicated to Lucifer.

The church community declares the family is the foundation of all societies, societies founded on the teachings of their creator, as was America, from his handbook the Judeo/Christian Bible, a book dedicated to preparing mankind for the coming rule of their creator.

What a contrast of beliefs and agendas. What a different outcome. The church community, beginning with traditional parents, teaches children they are literally the spirit child of a living God and can literally return to their Father-in-Heaven; Clinton’s state community teaches the child there is no God, and no life beyond mortality.

Each Sunday, as I listen and watch our speakers, I see the church community in action — teaching that God lives, that he knows us individually, that he listens to and answers our prayers, who we are, a child of God, who the Father of our spirits are, where our spirits came from, the purpose of life, having the opportunity to return to that God who is our spirit’s Father.

His spirit often touches my soul, bringing tears of gratitude to my eyes, as I watch and listen to 12- to 18-year-old youth, both male and female, testify that they know God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and of their struggles to face the challenges of their young lives.

Clinton’s state community is impersonal, while the church community is a hands-on, very personal small community where the youth know the adults and adults know the youth, and the youth leaders provide assistance to the parents in raising their children, and preparing them to serve their God, as did Samuel’s mother when she gave her son to the Lord anciently.

My joy comes from personally knowing each youth speaker and watching them grow each time they stand to deliver their talks —always on an assigned scriptural subject. It’s not easy for a 12-year-old to stand before a congregation and deliver a talk the first time.

But they do it because they want to grow and be prepared to serve their God and fellow man as has Christoph Schulzke, the 18-year-old son of Professor Kurt and Corinne Schulzke of Woodstock who left to serve his two-year mission Oct. 7. His parents, assisted by his “church community” have prepared Elder Schulzke well. He will serve God well.

Each Sunday I see the good in the world in action through our little church community, a community led by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that is helping members of this small church community learn of God’s plan for them, helping each to ease their pains that come to all through daily living, while providing each member a refuge from the turmoil and chaos of the real world that surrounds us all, even while helping each one grow closer to our God.

God’s church community or Clinton’s state community: My choice will always be the church community.

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.
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October 18, 2013
Which version of Christianity are you promoting...The ones backing Westboro or the ones on trial for tax evasion or sexual misconduct with children.

I am a Christian but to say only those in the church do good is a sad world view.

Preach the Gospel but only use words when absolutely necessary. These words attacking a view different than yours were not necessary. Additionally Clinton is a Christian and FYI - Hillary Clinton grew up in a Methodist household, she taught Methodist Sunday school like her mother, whin is the senate was a member of a Senate prayer group, and regularly attends the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington.
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