Homeschool Helpers

Issue 145, February 14, 2010
From Homeschool Helpers

By Dan L. White

In Association with Pass It On Church Ministries

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This past Super Bowl football game was seen by more people than any other TV program ever. Over a hundred million people saw Tim Tebow, a homeschool grad, as he appeared with his mother in an ad opposing abortion. Tim had good reason to oppose abortion, since a doctor advised his mother to abort him. Adding in extra viewings on the internet and around the world, a couple hundred million people may have seen that anti-infanticide ad.

Tim did not have to appear in that ad. Tim Tebow has a secure financial future. He’s ready to sign an NFL contract that will make him a multi-millionaire. But he was willing to put that at risk to whatever degree by appearing in the anti-abortion ad. Some teams will not be interested in bidding for him simply because he is openly Christian. Some players are already saying they don’t want him on their team. This ad may cost him millions of dollars and will certainly have an effect on his professional career.

Tim is also being attacked personally. Women's Media Center President Jehmu Greene says that Tim’s position “uses sports to divide rather than unite.” The National Organization for Women says that Tim is showing “hate masquerading as love.” These personal attacks continue unabated, and he has made himself a target of scorn by the Obamanites, as the society becomes more like Rome and openly persecutes Christians.

Yet in the face of financial risk and personal attacks, with no possibility of immediate personal gain to himself, Tim was willing to make his stand opposing abortion nationwide.

Since his life had been saved when his mother opposed abortion, he felt it was his personal responsibility to also oppose it.

Personal responsibility is smothered by socialism and is greatly lacking in our society today. People often look for somebody else to do what needs to be done.

Toyota has been much in the news recently. Some of their cars had sticking accelerators, for whatever reason. People were driving down the road and couldn’t get the accelerator to back off.

What to do?

The official method is to shift the car into neutral, brake to a stop, then shut the motor off. The automotive people said if you shut the key off while driving down the road, you will lose power brakes and power steering and be in trouble because of that. That’s not really much trouble. A number of times I have driven a vehicle without a water pump working or a serpentine belt to drive the water pump, so I had to drive twenty miles or so without letting the motor overheat. I just kept turning the motor off every chance I got and let it drift. No problem.

So if a person had the problem of a sticking accelerator, he could shift into neutral, turn the key off or at least jam on the brakes, which would stop a car even if the gas was stuck.

A man was traveling with his wife and two children when the accelerator in his Toyota stuck. While he was traveling down a street in town at too high a speed, he called 911 for help. That probably didn’t help his driving a lot. As he was talking to the 911 operator, waiting for someone to tell him what he should do, he came to an intersection, did not stop, and plowed into another vehicle, killing himself and the rest of his family.

Consider that. When a man is confronted with a stuck gas pedal, the only thing he can possibly think of doing is to call someone else to tell him what to do. He does not himself try to figure out what to do, even though he is the one who is driving. What’s more, that same type of incident happened several times. People did not have the individual initiative and responsibility to shut off their engines or put the transmission in neutral or jam on the brakes as hard as possible and then they got creamed.

We are working on a new book about the life of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder. When Almanzo was nine years old, he had the responsibility of harrowing with two large plow horses. It was his job to slip on the bridle, being gentle with the horse’s mouth so that the bit didn’t pinch the horse’s tongue. To keep the horse from becoming frightened, the bridle had a small rectangular piece of leather sticking out where each eye could not see what was behind him. Next came the collar which protected the big horse’s shoulders from the wood and metal hames that were attached to the harrow with a leather strap close to the horse’s head and chains back behind. The back strap came around the horse’s powerful back legs and helped keep the collar and hames in their place. The long reins then were run through brass rings on each side of the hames. To get all that stuff put on the big horses that were twenty times his size, he had to stand up on a box.

Then Almanzo took the horses to the field and hooked them up to the harrow with its spikes to break up the plowed soil. Then he harrowed the clods, first doing the whole field in one direction, then harrowing the field again in a cross direction to break up the dirt as fine as it could be. At the end of the day, he took the horses to get water, unhitched them from their harness, and fed them their grain.

That was what that nine year old boy did in 1866. He was responsible.

Think about this. One of the most illogical schemes mankind has ever come up with in all history is to take young people with their boundless, unending energy and coop them up in a boring schoolroom all day long. Most homeschool families are wise enough not to do that. Their book schooling is over in a few hours, then they do other things. Don’t ever disdain those other things that you do with your kids, like playing or working. Most of the things they learn from books they will forget. Most of the things they learn from doing things with you, the parents, they will never forget. Responsibility, the initiative and wisdom to personally do something when that something needs to be done, is not learned from a book. That is learned from doing things, from being given responsibility and then given guidance in fulfilling responsibilities.

Tim Tebow did not have to do that ad, which cost him money and brought him ridicule. He did it because he felt it was his personal responsibility to stand up against the practice that could have cost him his life. That’s what young people need to learn.