Advice Paradise: Christians, Police, and Science

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We’re not psychologists, counselors, therapists, or experts – we’re just fellow homeschoolers who are willing to offer a little friendly advice. Sometimes it helps to have a second opinion, and we’re here for you. The Advice Paradise team will answer questions on homeschooling, relationships, religion, and life in general. No question is too trivial. Just ask about anything you want to know! We promise to keep it simple and get straight to the point.

Check out the following questions and see if any of them apply to you, or maybe you’ve been in the same situation and have some helpful advice to give someone else. Post a comment if you think you have a better answer!

1. Why do so many people say they are Christians when they don’t do Christian things?

Only a fraction of people who call themselves so are indeed practicing Christians. There are many reasons a person may decide to call themselves a Christian even though they are not. Some may have grown up in a Christian family but they were never saved. They are hearers of the Word and not doers. Perhaps one parishioner is a pervert; he does not believe, but looks at the church as good hunting grounds. Another individual sees that being in church means meeting more clients for his insurance business; he does not take going to church seriously, it’s just part of the job. Jesus said there will be few Christians. He called the frauds actors and hypocrites – they are fake believers only masquerading as Christians. If someone is grounded in Christ, it should be evident in their lifestyle. Are you a real Christian?

2. What can civilians do to improve their interactions with the police and vice versa?

Law enforcement officers are always on high alert for danger, even in the most common of traffic interactions. If you get pulled over, do the following. Breathe deeply, remain calm, move slowly. If it is dark, turn on your interior lights so he can easily see inside your vehicle. Stay in your vehicle unless asked by the officer to do otherwise. Keep your hands in sight at all times, make no sudden moves, be attentive and polite. If asked for your registration say, “Yes Officer, it is in my glove box, may I reach over and get it?” Wait for him to respond, then do what he says. Answer his questions with a simple yes or no. Do not argue or act disrespectfully. Thank the officer and wish them a nice day. You will usually be treated with the same courtesy that you give.

3. What does the popular phrase “I believe in science” actually mean?

It is a self-righteous declaration meant to belittle the ideas and hurt the feelings of someone who disagrees with some idea or other. Similar to the pretentious term “Free Thinker.”

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Do you have a question? Send it to “mail@homeschoolingteen.com” and we will share it with the Advice Paradise team to be posted in the next issue of Homeschooling Teen.

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