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August 9, 2011

A Missing and Much-Needed Argument to Counter Same-Sex Marriage

by Karen Gushta

Even though 62 percent of Americans agree that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman,” legislators and courts continue to act contrary to the majority will.

The latest case is the New York legislature, which passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. As Maggie Gallagher described it in the National Review, “the Republican party decided to help Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo pass one of his highest priorities, gay marriage.”

Gallagher points out that although just four Republicans voted for the measure, Republicans had the majority in the New York state senate and did not need to bring the bill up for a vote.

In her article, Gallagher also makes some astute observations concerning the status of the debate over marriage in America. “Gay-marriage advocates have successfully shut down most public avenues for opposition: in entertainment, media, and the academy, opposition to gay marriage is considered suicidal. Even Fox News avoids the issue, as do most talk-radio-show hosts in the conservative alternative media.”

As Mrs. Gallagher observes, there are only two forums left where ordinary Americans will hear arguments in support of marriage as the union between a man and a woman: in their churches or synagogues, or in political debates. “This fact is starting to affect national polling on the subject.”

According to the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, the marriage debate is far from over on the political front. The 2012 elections will see a marriage amendment on the ballot in Minnesota, which approved it in the 2011 legislative session. Indiana could also have an amendment on its ballot along with Iowa. In addition New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming all considered marriage amendments protecting marriage between a man and a woman in their 2011 sessions and most likely will consider them again in 2012. Pro-homosexual marriage forces are also expected to push for approval of same-sex marriage in Maryland and Rhode Island.

The fact that media elites and others are attempting to silence the voices of those who support marriage as the union of a man and a woman should not discourage us.  We should continue to proclaim God’s marvelous plan for marriage, which Robert Knight eloquently describes in The Truth About Marriage (published by Coral Ridge Ministries, now Truth in Action Ministries). “A marriage commitment is profoundly mystical, transcending flesh and blood and worldly concerns. Weddings are a little bit of heaven on earth, because they reflect God’s eternal qualities of hope and love and even His ultimate sacrifice for humanity in the crucifixion of His Son for all of humanity’s sins.”

Every wedding between a man and a woman gives testimony to God’s plan for humanity. That plan is evidenced in both the union of Adam and Eve, who were given the command to “be fruitful and multiply,” and also God’s restoration of mankind to an Edenic relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. As it says in Isaiah 62:5, “As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.”

Every wedding between a man and a woman exemplifies the great spiritual relationship that was established between Christ and His bride, the church, by His sacrificial love and death on the cross. As the Apostle Paul describes it in Ephesians 5, “for the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the church….just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

When defending against so-called same-sex marriage, those who believe in Jesus Christ and confess Him as their Savior and Lord should proclaim this truth about marriage.

There are a number of arguments against same-sex “marriage” that Christians can and are presenting to non-Christians; i.e., it is harmful to children, it runs counter to nature, it will contribute to the further weakening of society, which requires a strong family structure to remain healthy. All of these arguments are valid because they are true and the facts support them, regardless of how marriage opponents try to twist the evidence.

Nevertheless, within the church support for biblical marriage is rapidly weakening. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has been tracking changes in favor of same-sex marriage among all religious groups, including Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants and Catholics. In 2010, the percentage of weekly church attending Evangelicals who favor same-sex marriage moved up 4 percentage points.

Also, the Pew study found a clear generational difference in evangelical attitudes toward same-sex marriage. Whereas only 15 percent of those over 50 support it, 26 percent of those under 50 were in favor, and that number showed an increase of 4 points between 2009 and 2010.

As Maggie Gallagher pointed out, there are only two forums left where people are hearing arguments supporting marriage as the union between a man and a woman—in churches and political debates. It’s not surprising therefore, that the Pew study found that 62 percent of those who claim no religious affiliation of any kind are in favor of same-sex marriage.

While the culture at large continues to promote acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, the church stands as the only social institution uniquely equipped with the moral authority to defend and proclaim the truth about marriage. But the prudential arguments against same-sex marriage (that it is harmful to children, runs counter to nature, and will contribute to the further weakening of society) are not enough.

The church must first of all convince its own flock of the sanctity of marriage—and the most powerful message we can bring is the message of Christ’s sacrificial love for the church as the Bride of Christ. This truth should be proclaimed in every Christian wedding ceremony—the truth that even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, “so husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies.” God’s plan for marriage is that Christ’s love for His redeemed is to be exemplified in the union between a man and a woman. Just as Adam and Eve originally exemplified it in Eden, so too now it should be modeled here on earth until Christ returns to claim His Bride and take her to His heavenly home.

Those who see marriage as nothing more than an ethical union based in human affection and companionship will continue to argue that two people of the same sex can participate such unions. But believers in Jesus Christ should be ever mindful that God’s plan for marriage is a picture of Christ’s union with His church. And that picture only makes sense in the union of a man and woman—not a man and a man or a woman and a woman.

 

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June 3, 2011

He’s Gone, But Not Forgotten

By Dr. Karen Gushta

When homosexual activist Kevin Jennings quietly left his post as “safe schools czar” at the Department of Education, the news barely made a ripple. Although pro-family advocates can rejoice, they should not underestimate Jennings’ ability to influence America’s children in his new post as CEO of non-profit group, Be the Change, Inc. The organization works closely with AmeriCorps, the government agency that funds community works and public sector programs in education, health, public safety, and the environment.

When Jennings was appointed by President Obama, Jim Hoft correctly noted at Gateway Pundit that his appointment was primarily due to the fact that he had founded the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1990.  By 2007, Jennings was pulling down a salary of more than $270,000 as GLSEN’s executive director. But his goal was more than personal enrichment. His homosexual activist organization led the way in getting government schools to introduce programs intended to promote acceptance of homosexuality through anti-bullying curricula that teach tolerance of homosexual students.  

One of GLSEN’s tools is a “recommended reading list.” As Hoft reported, “GLSEN maintains a recommended reading list of books that it claims ‘furthers our mission to ensure safe schools for all students.’” The books are hardly ones that “all students” should read, however.

Purportedly the books help “gay kids” by raising their self-esteem, and “straight kids” who read them are supposed to become more aware and tolerant of homosexual kids and stop bullying them. In fact, these books expose young people to homosexual behaviors and lifestyles in a graphic and sexually explicit way.

According to Hoft, “Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air.”

In his book, Radical Rulers, Robert Knight notes that while Jennings was the leader of GLSEN, it established “gay/straight” alliances in schools, developed a “heterosexism questionnaire” that encouraged kids to question their sexuality, and established events such as “Day of Silence,” and “No Name-Calling Week.” According to Knight, these events are promoted “under the guise of discouraging bullying,” but in reality, “kids are taught to promote homosexuality and accuse anyone who thinks it is immoral of being a bigot and hater.”

While he was safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings met several times with the executive director of Christian Educators Association International, Finn Laursen. Nevertheless, in the past he has been vocal in dismissing the views of Christians.  

Robert Knight wrote that Jennings spoke to a conference at a church in 2000 where he called Moral Majority and Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell a “terrorist,” and said, “We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. We also have to quit—I’m trying to find a way to say this—I’m trying not to say, ‘[F—] ‘em!’ which is what I want to say, because I don’t care what they think! [audience laughter] Drop dead!”

So given his track record, is it time to breathe a sigh of relief that children in America’s schools are now safe from Kevin Jennings’ influence?

That might be premature.

Given Jennings’ track record and his avowed dedication to the cause of normalizing homosexuality in America, it might be wiser to assume that Jennings’ move to Be the Change is based on his belief that it will give him a wider platform to promote the causes that are near and dear to him.

Founded by Alan Khazei in 2008, Be the Change states that its goal is to create “national issue-based campaigns by organizing coalitions of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector and civic leaders, academics, and citizens.” The first campaign it launched was ServiceNation, a lobbying effort that gathered over 270 organizations in support of the Kennedy Serve America Act, touted as “the greatest expansion of national service in our country in 60 years.”

Addressing the Service Nation Summit, Khazei said, “We believe that the idea of America is ennobled and the future of America is strengthened when Americans come together to serve our country.”

Perhaps Jennings hopes he can have a hand in shaping the direction of that service. He’s taking charge at a very propitious time. In 2011 the second campaign, Opportunity Nation, was launched as the website proclaimed that children in America have less of a chance for improving their economic situation than those born into low-income households in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Canada, or Germany.

How Jennings will shape this effort remains to be seen. After 20 years leading the homosexual cause, it seems safe to say that he will find ways to infuse the goals of the homosexual agenda into the new campaign.

Be the Change, Inc. is not alone in its efforts to rally America’s citizens to bring change to their communities. Samaritan’s Purse is training tens of thousands of volunteers to bring relief and assistance in the name of Christ to those whose lives have been ravaged by the recent floods and tornadoes. Glenn Beck is encouraging people to seek “Enlightenment, Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship” so our nation will be prepared for the impending world crisis that radical Islamists and Leftists are fomenting in the Middle East.  

America is at a crossroads. And there are many options for those who want to be “part of the solution and not part of the problem.” Coral Ridge Ministries is now offering a new option in its ongoing effort to inspire believers in their daily lives with the power of a biblical worldview. Community in Action is a new grassroots outreach that equips and encourages believers to find God’s call on their lives and connect their passions and abilities to that call in order to transform the culture and their communities for Christ.

It’s clear that activists like Kevin Jennings are not going to stop their efforts to transform the culture according to a vision that distorts God’s design for sexuality and human relationships.

The question is—will Christians take up the challenge to work with the same degree of zeal?

Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

February 21, 2011

The End Goal of Obama’s “Race to Educate Our Kids”

By Dr. Karen Gushta
President Obama devoted a thousand words to education in his State of the Union Speech on January 25. “Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success,” he claimed. “But,” he added, “if we want to win the future—if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas—then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.”
Winning the education race, according to President Obama, also means that by 2020 America should “once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” He challenged Americans “as citizens, and as parents,” to ask ourselves whether we “are willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.”
“That responsibility,” the President said, “begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities. It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done.  We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.”
There are few who would dispute the President on these points. Many of us might even have applauded him. All of the above statements are truisms—like stating that we should have clean water and the airlines should run on time.
What’s the problem, then, with the President’s remarks on education?
In my view, it was the context. In connecting America’s economic success to “giving every child a chance to succeed,” President Obama is following in the steps of the past three presidents, each of whom tried to shape America’s education system to further their economic goals for America. The President’s Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, explains the connection this way: “We have to educate our way to a better economy.”
George Leef, Director of Research at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, disagrees. “Just like the notion that federal deficit spending will revive the economy, the idea that getting more young Americans through college will make the country more competitive and prosperous is utterly mistaken.” Leef points out that since 1971, we have been “graduating many young people from college who learn little and will wind up in jobs that most high school kids could do.”
President Ronald Reagan once said, “Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is
hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.”
As I note in my book, The War on Children, the idea of educating for virtue, which entails learning “what is worth having,” has been replaced by the view that schools should be producing “workers for the world.”
Interestingly, both those who believe in American exceptionalism and those who don’t tend to support this view. “Exceptionalists” want education to maintain America’s current status as the number one economy in the world by providing highly trained workers. “Transnationalists” want to transform America’s role among the nations by training our children to think globally and work for world peace and social justice.
What’s missing, however, in both these views is the idea, as expressed by President Reagan, that education should introduce youth to “what is worth having”—that is, the highest ideals of civilization. Such was the goal of traditional “liberal education,” which taught the classics: English literature, the humanities, and moral virtues. Liberal education, (drawing from the Latin root liber—meaning “free, independent, unrestrained”) was intended to free students from the shackles of ignorance and provincialism by introducing them to the great minds, great ideas, and the great books of civilization—primarily Western Civilization rooted in the Judeo-Christian worldview and ethic. 

In the mid-twentieth century, this view of education went into a free fall decline in colleges and universities across America. The emphasis shifted to professional education, and radical professors inserted courses rooted in the ideology of race, class, and gender.  General education requirements, which provided students with a broad perspective on the academic disciplines, were dropped. As Judge Robert Bork wrote, students learned “information about narrow corners of subjects, but no conception of the larger context that alone can give the niches meaning.” Rather than being “freed from provincialism,” students are now being indoctrinated into political correctness.
Most secular colleges and universities have abandoned the idea that there is a central body of knowledge that all educated persons should have, which is the central premise of the liberal education curriculum. According to one source, as of 2009, only four percent of students in the United States attend the eight percent of colleges that still provide a liberal education.
What with the high cost of college, the real possibility of being underemployed upon graduation, and the likelihood that all they’ll gain is knowledge of “narrow corners of subjects,” high school students should not assume that college is the best route to finding God’s vocational calling on their lives.
As Dr. Del Tackett, educator and host of Coral Ridge Ministries’ Cross Examine television program, has suggested, young people should ask themselves, “Do I want to write my own story, or would I rather be part of the story of an all-wise and loving God?”
Then, whether it’s a liberal education, a professional one, or an alternative route to Christian service  or vocation, they can be sure of God’s direction—and, “Where His finger points, His hand will make a way.”

Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

January 12, 2011

Vouchers For All: A New Start for Education in 2011

By Dr. Karen Gushta

At his pre-inaugural prayer breakfast on January 4, Florida Governor Rick Scott spoke of King Solomon’s request for wisdom rather than riches or power. Then, referring to himself and his Cabinet members also being sworn in, he told those attending the breakfast, “All of us need your prayers. We need the same wisdom King Solomon was given to make the right decisions.”

If there is one area where Governor Scott is going to need wisdom, it will be education. As The St. Petersburg Times reported, when he spoke to a group of students in that Tampa Bay community on December 9, he “blew the door wide open to the idea of a voucher-like program [called an “education savings account”] for all students, saying he’s working with lawmakers to allow state education dollars to follow a student to the school his or her parents choose.”

Speaking to the Times reporter, Scott said, “The parent should figure out where the dollars for that student are spent, so if the parents want to spend it on virtual school, then spend it on virtual school. If they want to spend it on, you know, whatever education system they believe in, whether it’s this public school or that public school or this private school or that private school, that’s what ought to happen.”

Such an idea is refreshing and exceedingly rare in the world of educational policymakers and politicians. And it will no doubt continue to be rare as long as teachers unions and education bureaucrats exercise control over state legislatures and the Federal Department of Education. But because he has a Republican controlled legislature to help him pass his initiatives, Scott’s idea has a chance of becoming reality.

I firmly believe that parents should have control over their children’s education. They should be able to choose where they send their children to school. As I wrote in a previous article, “Education: Time to Put Parents in Charge,” the most direct way for parents to gain this kind of control over their children’s education is for “funding to follow students, not sustain unsuccessful schools.”

Nevertheless, since this has not been the tradition for at least the past 150 years of public education in America, it’s hard to win supporters for such a view. There are already vociferous opponents lining up to try to kill Scott’s plan, even before he has a chance to propose it to the Florida legislature.

Before Governor Scott’s inauguration, opponents used Facebook to tell teachers to wear red on that day to symbolize their opposition to his proposed changes to Florida’s schools. Editorials and bloggers are calling Scott’s vouchers-for-all plan a “horror-show for Florida education,” and a “school plan for scoundrels.” It’s argued that Scott’s “educational savings account” plan “threatens the viability of public education” in Florida, and Mother Jones, “the most widely read liberal publication in America, has called it part of the conservatives’ plot to “blow up the public school system.” Other critics have said that any such plan would not pass state constitutional muster, since the Florida Supreme Court ruled against Governor Jeb Bush’s voucher plan in 2006.

Scott’s idea of an “education savings account” to give funds to students did not originate with him. It is just one of a number of recommendations made by an Education Transition Team that Scott calls “Champions for Achievement.” The governor-elect asked this group to help him find “innovative ways to create a new education system for a new economy.” The 20-member team includes education reformer Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, as well as Patricia Levesque, who helped shape Jeb Bush’s education agenda.

Scott’s “Champions” have developed 20 proposals for education. These include giving parents a financial report on their school’s spending and an annual academic report on their child’s progress compared to developmental norms. They have also suggested providing parents with a “trigger” option that allows them to force their school to be restructured and to have a say in how it will be done.

Will Scott’s tenure as governor mean “the beginning of a new era for public education that’s focused on what matters most—educating students,” as some conservatives are hoping?

Perhaps—if Governor Scott holds on to his view that parents should have control of their children’s education. That is what’s missing in America’s education system today. We’ve forgotten that education is primarily the responsibility of the parents, not the state. This should be at the foundation of any so-called educational reforms. It is not only a fundamental conservative principle; it’s a fundamental biblical one.

From here on out, any changes to America’s educational system should give control back to parents—not take it away. The fact that some parents have abdicated their responsibility is not a sufficient reason for ignoring this principle and allowing state and federal bureaucrats to gain more and more control over our children’s minds and their lives.

Since 1989, per-pupil spending in America has increased by an astonishing 42 percent. Yet in spite of all the money that has been poured into schools, a recent study by the Fordham Institute of Raleigh, N.C., shows that bad schools rarely get better—nor do they close down. Even though the regulations of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act were intended to push low-performing schools to do one or the other, it is the rare school that does either.

Therefore, in this new year, perhaps we should consider the one plan that hasn’t been tried in all of the efforts to reform government-controlled schools. Let’s give all parents the freedom to decide how and where their children should be educated by adopting a “vouchers-for-all” plan for Florida’s children. Let’s put the focus on educating students, not preserving the status quo.

Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

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December 21, 2010

From Vacation to Vocation: Finding God’s Calling on Our Lives

By Dr. Karen Gushta

The holidays of Christmas and New Year’s often allow us time off from work. Vacation, whether for a few days or a few weeks is always welcome. We relish spending time with our families, leaving the routine of our jobs, and pursuing our own interests.

Work can be drudgery if it’s not something we enjoy or have chosen willingly. But in the biblical worldview, work is a holy calling. The Carpenter of Nazareth has redeemed our work lives from the power and brokenness of sin. He gives us both eternal life and new meaning to our everyday lives. Work is not a curse to be endured only for the sake of a paycheck or early retirement. Work is a calling, as Martin Luther pointed out, whether we are preaching the gospel or scrubbing floors. All that God requires of us is that we do our work to His glory and not our own.

This biblical understanding of the nature of work is particularly important for young people who are choosing their careers. After their holiday vacation, many will be making critical decisions about their future. High school juniors must start the process of applying for college. College juniors will be checking their college credits to make sure they have what they need to graduate in the spring of 2012. For those who haven’t yet chosen their occupation, the question that looms large is, “What do I want to do with my life?”

But is this the right question to ask?

God’s calling in our lives has implications for all of life—including our daily labor. The Protestant Reformers understood this. They saw that God’s effectual calling includes not only regeneration and conversion, but extends into our everyday work life by virtue of our chosen vocation. Today we use this term to refer to our occupation, business, or profession, but it originally referred to God’s divine call to the Christian life and service to Him.

Dr. Del Tackett, educator and host of Coral Ridge Ministries’ Cross Examine television program, has good advice for those choosing their vocations. He suggests that we should ask ourselves, “Do I want to write my own story, or would I rather be part of the story of an all-wise and loving God?” For young people considering their career options, the relevant question isn’t, “What do I want to do?” but rather, “What does God want me to do?”

In the recent Cross Examine program, “Who’s Pulling the Strings,” Dr. Tackett suggests that one of parents’ primary tasks is to help their children discover their God-given gifts, talents, and abilities. He says the first phrase in Proverbs 22:6, a verse many parents are familiar with, should be understood as, “Train up a child in the way he is formed or bent to go.” Parents have the responsibility of nurturing their children’s particular “bent.”

Sadly, many parents miss this point and try to bend their children in the way they want them to go. My husband’s stepfather was convinced he should become a dentist. He thought this would provide a secure path to a stable income, but he didn’t consider Richard’s natural proclivities and abilities. Richard has an unusually acute sense of smell. He would have been miserable drilling teeth and trying to endure his patients’ halitosis.

It took Richard some time to find his calling. The path of discovering one’s vocation is not always a straight-line highway. Well-known business consultant Bobb Biehl suggests that young people should not be pressured into making career decisions too early. Instead, they should view their 20’s as a period of career exploration. Part of discovering God’s direction for our lives often includes finding out which paths we shouldn’t take.

Dr. Tackett says that he loves to meet people who are carrying out God’s vocational call in their lives, “They love their work; they are master craftsmen, and that is a testimony to the Lord, for they are using his gifts and talents.” Today, my husband is one of these individuals. He is using his talent for working with mechanical and electrical items, his ability to problem solve, and his passion for restoring order and harmony to broken systems—he does home repairs as a handyman.

We come from our mother’s womb with God-given talents and abilities. When we are born again, God gives us spiritual gifts. His Spirit will aid us in our search to discover these gifts and our particular vocation if we are meek to receive his direction.

In my youth, I rebelled against that direction by rejecting the advice of my father, who rightly identified my God-given talent and encouraged me to develop it. In rejecting my dad’s advice, I set myself on a path of rebellion against God Himself that I only left many years later.

Nevertheless, God is merciful, and when we call on Him and seek to be a part of His story, He shows us our part. Then, when we labor in our true vocation, work is not a curse to be relieved by intermittent vacations; it is a blessing to our lives, and it gives glory to God.

Dr. Karen Gushta is research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk. Dr. Gushta is a career educator who has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate level teacher education, in both public and Christian schools in America and overseas. Dr. Gushta served as the first international director of Kid’s Evangelism Explosion. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and in Christianity and Culture from Knox Theological Seminary.

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