Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mom Convicted After Locking Son Out of Facebook (Responce)

Facebook is not only making headlines about privacy or technological progress. Dan Fletcher from Time Magazine writes about an surprisingly strange occurrence. A mom "was convicted on a misdemeanor harassment charge, receiving a $435 fine and mandatory parenting and anger-management classes, according to the Associated Press, as well as a 30-day suspended jail sentence to be served only if she violates provisions in her year-long probation." What was the reason for all this?
Was it some serious crime? No, it was for the simple act of locking her son out of his Facebook account. Granted that neither mother nor son acted  Biblically (see Associated press version); this court ruling is a sad reflection on our society's loss of parental authority. Parents have Biblical mandate to bring their kids up in the fear of the Lord, and children are commanded to obey their parents.This is God's clear and simple design -- which sinful humans have managed to corrupt for centuries, but never to such an extent.
1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents,  ungrateful, unholy . . . 13But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them
- 2 Tim. 3:1-2, 13-14 (NASB emphasis added)
May these kind of articles encourage us to think about the coming of our Lord, and to pray for the salvation of sinners before that glorious day.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a really cool resource. It allows you to read books online for free. They are able to do this legally because all the books they provide have expired copywriters. Obviously they don't have the more recent books but they have many of the classics. Some books are even offered in the audio format. The down side is that you have to read them from a computer screen (which is not so great on the eyes) unless you have a Kindle or Nook. In my opinion a good old paper book is the best -- this site however is still worth a look.