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- Psalm 69:16
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Hey friends. This is Heidi St. John. Welcome to the podcast. Today is Monday, February 17. This is episode 886 of The Heidi St. John Podcast, and today is Mailbox Monday. Woo. We got a lot of ground to cover. Stick around, I think you’re going to be encouraged.
So everybody, thanks for tuning in today. As always, I’m so glad you guys are here. I hope you’ve been enjoying the podcast so far this year. There certainly is no shortage of things to talk about, and that’s definitely going to be the case today here at the podcast. Before I get started, and oh my goodness, we have so many things to talk about, from politics, to the culture, to the church, to homeschooling, you name it. We got lots of stuff to talk about today, but I want to just say how thankful I am for the women who have taken the time to let our team know that they are praying for our 2020 Faith That Speaks Conference. It is so amazing to watch God’s hand and provision, so thank you guys for that so much.
I’m going to be joining my friends Elizabeth Johnston and Kathy Barnett on the road beginning with our event in Lakeland, Florida on Friday, February 21 and 22. So that is this weekend, you guys. We’re also going to be in Thousand Oaks, California on March 13 and 14 and we would love to see you guys there, and so if you get the opportunity, come on out. You guys, we have had tremendous response for these events and we’re very, very excited. You’re going to leave encouraged and equipped, and it will change your life, I promise you. So that’s this Friday and Saturday in Lakeland, Florida, and we’d love to see you there.
Also starting today, the Schoolhouse Rock team is hosting an online event that sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and full of information. They would love to have you join them, and you can do that by looking for the registration link in today’s show notes. One more quick reminder. The Hearts to Moms conference is coming up in Peoria, Illinois on March 6 and 7, and I’m going to be there with a host of fantastic speakers, along with my dear friend, Dr. Kathy Koch, and you can find information about all of these events at heidistjohn.com/podcast.
Speaking of the podcast, thank you guys so much for the reviews that you leave over there. It encourages us and blesses us. We want to hear how the podcast is affecting you, what it’s doing in your life, how is God using it? All of these things, and when you leave those reviews, we read them. Our entire team reads them. I want to just say thank you so much for doing that.
One of the best reviews we had recently was from a mom. She left this on February 5. It says, “As a pastor’s wife and a mom to four kids under six,” moment of silence, “my free time is non-existent, but I make time to listen to Heidi’s podcast every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I walk away feeling like I got an EpiPen in the leg of comedic therapy for the week. My heart is on fire to get off the bench and onto the battlefield with my little people, the women at church, the people in my neighborhood, and any other human I might interact with during the week.”
I love that review, and we love your reviews. Please keep leaving them for us over at iTunes, and share the podcast all over social media and with your friends. We are just thrilled to see you guys doing that, so thank you very much. Same thing is true of the books that I’ve written. If you can leave reviews for those at Amazon, it really, really helps us.
All right. There are so many questions piling up in the queue, and thank you guys for doing that. If you’ve got a question you would like to see addressed at Mailbox Monday, you can go to heidistjohn.com/mailboxmonday, and a form will come up, and you guys can leave your questions there, and then we get to them as quickly as we can. I’m going to remind you that when you leave them there, short is better. Short and sweet and to the point. So I know some of you were like me and you have lots of words, but when it comes to us trying to sift through the hundreds and hundreds of questions that come in every week, it really helps us if you could keep your questions short.
One of the questions that was really short, and I can very easily answer it, came from a mama who said, “How do we get Heidi to speak at our event?” And the way that you do that is just by going to my website, heidistjohn.com, and click on the speaking link, and a form will come up and you can see a space to invite me to speak at your event. I will let you know that my 2020 calendar is pretty much booked, and so right now we’re booking into 2021 and 2022, and so that’s sort of a starting gauge for you. So if you’re interested in having me come out, I would love to come out. It is part of what just I feel sort of the Lord’s gift and passion in my life, is to come and speak to events all around the nation, and in fact, around the world. So you can find out how to invite me to your church or to your women’s event at heidistjohn.com and just look for the speaking link, and click on that, and that will go to the team here. So thanks for asking that question.
Also, we’ve got a lot of stuff to cover. I’m interested. I’m really interested in watching what’s happening to the Democratic Party. Are you guys watching this? If you’ve been watching the primaries, of course the Iowa Caucuses were a complete disaster. These are the people, by the way, that want to run our healthcare system. I’m going to let that sit. And the Iowa Caucuses were an absolute utter disaster. Then they moved ahead and went to New Hampshire, and who was the foregone conclusion, right, six months ago, was that Joe Biden was going to run away with the nomination.
I actually think, and I said this to my husband, I don’t know, months and months ago, the scariest guy to me, they’re all really scary, but the scariest guy in the Democratic Party right now is a Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And I’ll tell you why I think that. You guys, keep your eyes out. Watch what he says. This is a guy who’s married to a man, but he quotes the Bible, and he talks about his faith, and you guys, these two things are irreconcilable. You cannot reconcile the way he’s living his life with God’s word. And so that’s red flag number one.
Red flag number two for me, he is a smooth talker. Last time we had a smooth talker in the White House, we ended up with transgender bathroom bills. Just, I’m going to throw that out there just for fun. Obviously Sanders and Buttigieg now neck and neck, and they are competing very, very ferociously for the nomination for the Democratic Party. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens. Bernie Sanders is a straight up socialist. Actually I think he’s more of a communist, but that’s my own personal opinion. Socialism is a nightmare. Go to Venezuela. Oh, for goodness sake. You know, I can see now why the colleges have been so quietly indoctrinating our children and we’ve got a whole generation of young people who think it would be beautiful and a wonderful thing. “Let’s all stand around and sing kumbaya and link arms, and socialism’s so amazing.” I’m coming against socialism in the name of Jesus. I really am. I can’t even believe that we have a socialist this close to running for President of the United States. It’s crazy town. It is straight up crazy town.
And so this is something for you guys to watch. Please be watching what’s happening politically right now, because we are up against a lot, and socialism, the fact that it’s on the rise in this country, it should scare everybody, but I hope that you guys watched President Trump’s State of the Union Address. I watched it. I coupled that with the democratic response, and it reminded me of why I voted for Trump in 2016, and why I’m going to definitely vote again for him in 2020. The contrasts between the two parties are just too extreme, and I am conscience bound to vote against a leftist takeover of our nation and vote for the causes that Trump is upholding. And to me, everything pales in comparison. You remember back in 2015 when we were talking about the 2016 election and I was saying, “Hey, it’s about the Supreme Court”? It is still about the Supreme Court, only now you can add on to that unfettered access to abortion, the Democrats talking about infanticide. It’s crazy.
I listened to Pete Buttigieg in a town hall not too long ago talking about how he wanted to ensure a woman’s right to choose. And his point in saying all that, when he was asked up, they said, “What do you think about infanticide? What do you think about late term abortion?” And rather than answer the question, he just completely chickened out. And he said, “That’s between a woman and her doctor.” Well, no, we judge murder in this country every single day. And if you couple that with what’s happening in the culture, you’ve got a bad situation going on. And so again, I’m going to continue to talk about President Trump. I’m going to continue to talk about his agenda, and I don’t understand. I continue to not understand the never Trump movement. I mean, now more than ever I don’t understand the never Trump movement.
Remember we watched Speaker Pelosi rip up President Trump’s State of the Union? She ripped up the survival of a child born at 21 weeks. That’s her legacy, the whole thing. Rashida Tlaib walked out and tweeted, “I walked out of that speech. The lies, the bigotry, the shameless bragging about taking away food stamps that people depend to live.” I was sitting there thinking, “Are you kidding?” I mean, I’m so sorry, Representative Tlaib, but helping people get off of food stamps is actually a good thing. Empowering the poor is not bigotry. It’s not bigotry. And so so much happening in the culture today. There’s an excellent article at Charisma News called My Response to the Evangelical Never Trumper, and it’s I think a wonderful defense for why those of us who vote for President Trump and have supported him are supporting him. This is not blindly following somebody or thinking that everything he does is great. It is looking, it is the juxtaposition between the radical left, who wants to have socialism, which will inevitably turn into communism, and unfettered access to abortion.
I heard one of the candidates the other day, I actually think it might have been Buttigieg, talking about how he wanted to decriminalize drugs like heroin. What in the world? I mean, for goodness’ sake, we made pot legal now, and go down to the streets of Downtown Portland, and come back to me and tell me how that’s working for us. You know, for goodness sake, we’ve become so open-minded that our brains have fallen out. So I don’t understand the never Trump movement, and I’m hoping that most Christians will be able to see through all of the noise and all of the fog and say, “Oh my goodness, these are the issues.” And then weigh things on the issues. Weigh things on the issues.
So the Democrat establishment has been investigating every aspect of Trump’s, what, nearly 70, 74 years of life or whatever it is, so that they can personally expose and destroy him. And I’m praying for him. I’m really praying for him. So I hope you guys are doing the same thing. And I’m going to continue just to talk to you about the issues that are happening, have guests on that’ll hopefully challenge you and encourage you, and I think we need to be talking about politics. And so if you guys have political questions that you want to shoot to me over here at Mailbox Monday, I’m not afraid to take them on. I think these are conversations that we absolutely need to be having.
All right. Next question came from a couple of moms, actually. I got the similar question from a couple of you about, believe it or not, the Superbowl. Did you guys see the Superbowl? I saw the last few minutes of it, because I happened to be in South Carolina. I don’t really follow sports a whole lot. We’re more music people in our family, but I happen to see the last few minutes, but not before my friend texted me and said, “For goodness’ sake, don’t watch the halftime show. It’s basically a stripper,” which was shocking to me, but then I did watch little pieces of it and commented, what a shameful way for … I thought we’re supposed to be empowering women. That is not empowering to moms, or women, or our daughters. It was shameful. I thought it was disgusting. Shame on Pepsi for promoting this kind of stuff in front of our little kids.
Anyway, I got a couple letters. Here’s the first one. “Heidi, I need some words of wisdom for the mom who, in a poor lapse of judgment, did not turn off the halftime show performance in the presence of her children. Other than apologizing and discussing why it was inappropriate and not God honoring, what else can be done? I’m feeling incredible guilt.” First of all, precious mom, that guilt is not from the Lord. It sounds to me like you already knew that you made a mistake in watching that garbage, right? And you apologized, and that really is all there is to do. And then I guess what I would be doing is just asking the Lord to remove it from the minds of my children. I’d be asking the Lord, because he can do this, to say, “Lord, you saw what happened. Please protect the hearts and minds of my kids.” And as you walk forward, keep that in mind.
It matters, right? The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. And so we want to surround ourselves with good things that are going to bring life, really, to our children, right? Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is good, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable. If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” And so that’s Paul talking to the Philippians, and so we know that that’s what God would have us do, to dwell on those things. Romans 12:2. “Don’t conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you’ll be able to test and approve God’s will, his good, perfect and pleasing will.”
God wants you to be able to be strong in him and to know right from wrong, and to walk in it. It doesn’t mean we’re going to be perfect at it, right? And so you recognized you made an error, you repented, you talked to your children. Don’t let the enemy trip you up. Forgetting those things that are behind you, press forward and don’t walk in guilt. That’s not from the Lord.
Same type of question on the Superbowl. Another one came in. She said, “Hi, Heidi. My question is about purity and taking thoughts captive. Recently we watched the Superbowl with friends. Sigh. You know how disgraceful it was. We turned it off for the halftime show, but unfortunately it got turned back on about 10 seconds too soon, and we all witnessed, including my children, ages 13, 11, nine, and seven, the provocative and absolutely shameless, nearly bare bottoms of the two female singers.” I know. Wow. I don’t even … It’s hard for me to even talk about it, because it was so ridiculous. “It was turned back off as quickly as possible, but those images were seen. I’ve discussed with my kids about the necessity of taking their thoughts captive, and how to do it, and why it’s important not to let impure thoughts take root in their hearts and minds. Is there something more I should be doing? We try to keep an open dialogue with our crew, but I’m disheartened that they saw those images and just want to help them deal with them in a healthy, God-honoring way.”
So I love this, because what I’m hearing from you guys is that you are recognizing the power of the media that’s in our homes. You’re recognizing the power of images. You’re recognizing the power of television, and now even unfortunately, our sports. And so I want to encourage you. I mean, I’m hearing a lot of guilt and condemnation, because these two I read, but there were several other ones that I got in over at Mailbox Monday, sort of same themes, of frustration and guilt. And again, that is not from the Lord. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
And so keeping those verses kind of at the forefront of your mind, we know that sinful thoughts are something that we will always struggle with. Sometimes we don’t have control as to the thoughts that enter our mind, but you know what we do have control over? Dwelling on those things. And I think the Bible helps us to recognize when we’re struggling with a sinful thought, and then God encourages us to take our thoughts captive to Christ, right? And we can do that. Your children can do that. And so you have an opportunity to model that for your children and to help them think about things that are good and right.
The Lord knows how you’re feeling, so you don’t need to hide your struggles. Your kids don’t need to hide their struggles. We always encourage our children, “Let’s bring these things before the Lord and ask him to help us to see things through the lens of Scripture and through the lens of his Holy Spirit.” God already knows what we’re thinking. In Mark chapter two verse eight, this is Jesus, “Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts. And he said to them, ‘Why are you thinking these things?'” So the Lord already knows, and Kay Arthur said one time that, “God is in control, and therefore in everything we can give thanks.” And so we want to be giving thanks even when we’re struggling. “Lord, thank you that you’ve given me your word. Thank you that by the power of your Holy Spirit, I can have control over my thoughts and I can be the man or the woman that you want me to be.” And then make war with your thoughts. Make war with your thoughts.
Colossians 3, this is the battlefield for the mind, right? Colossians 3:1-2. “If you were then raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on the things of this earth.” Ephesians 4:23. “Let the spirit change your way of thinking,” right? And then back to Romans 12, “Don’t be conformed to this world, but rather be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” And so you guys are doing it right. I guess I just want to encourage you. Don’t let the enemy trip you up. You’re doing a good job, and keep doing what you’re doing.
Next question comes from a listener who is asking my opinion on supporting local school levies or bonds. She says, “As a homeschool parent, I’m torn, because yes, I want good schools, but I also don’t agree with a lot of what’s happening in the school.” So one of the first questions that people often ask is, “What is the difference between a levy and a bond?” Right? So we get this all the time. The schools are always asking for more money. Somebody said to me one time, and this helped me so much, she said, “Heidi, bonds are for buildings and levees are for learning.” So I hope that helps you. Bonds are for buildings, levies are for learning.
And so the funding of our schools, I think it’s complicated. It can sometimes be misunderstood. The bulk of the operating revenue comes from the state typically, the federal government, and then they tax you. In my neck of the woods, they tax you to death. You know, property taxes for sure. And so levies, they are telling us, help make up the difference between the funding from the state and federal government and the actual cost of operating a school district.
So let me tell you, my husband and I, our approach on this has been. Historically, we supported bonds. We supported levies, and we supported bonds depending on where we were living and what was the condition of the schools, and that kind of thing. They are building the Taj Mahal for the students around here, and we stopped supporting the bonds, and more recently we’ve stopped supporting levies, because we’ve realized that here in Washington State, and I actually think this is true across the board, they’re going to take your money and then they’re not going to listen to you. So you could do like I do and go to the school board meetings, and stand up and say, “Hey, we really don’t want your pornographic sex education.” And they’re going to say, “Oh, too bad.” And your money, unfortunately, is funding that.
And so I will typically not support bonds or levies anymore. I would be a lot more inclined to do it if I felt like I had a voice in any of this stuff, and I could say, “Hey, how about you actually take care of teaching our kids reading, writing, and arithmetic, and spend less time teaching them that there’s 27 genders. How about that?” But you know, they’re not listening. So that’s my take on that. I know some people disagree, but that’s just what my husband and I have decided to do.
Next question. “Heidi, I received a notice that said my child’s counselor will be doing a week long unit on body safety. The program that she mentioned they’d be using is called Second Steps Child Protection Unit, which will be, quote, ‘an honest yet non-frightening a unit on basically how to prevent sexual abuse.’ ” She said she’d search for the information, but she can’t figure out what their agenda is. So the Child Protection Unit is designed to address the multiple influences of parent, family, child, community, and environmental characteristics that can contribute to child abuse and neglect. And the website says that their curriculum includes the four elements of school-based child protection policies and procedures, staff training, student lessons, and family education.
Here’s my deal. I don’t trust any of these things anymore. I know for a fact that the Second Step program, not specifically the Child Protection Unit, but Second Step is all about social emotional learning or SEL, and I have huge issues with social emotional learning, not the least of which is they’re collecting data on our kids, but whatever. But if you look up the scope and sequence for the Child Protection Unit, they are going to be … It’s a little bit on the hardcore side. I mean, they’re going to be talking to your kids about appropriate and inappropriate touching.
If I had my child in the public school, and I don’t, but if I did and I knew that they were doing this, I would either opt my child out or I would attend with my child. So in kindergarten, for the Child Protection Unit, and I will link back to this in the show notes today for those of you whose schools are saying, “We’re going to do this amazing thing,” so you can see what they’re doing, because it comes in really innocent. “We’re going to teach your kids how to avoid being sexually abused.” Well, of course we want that. But I always feel like, and especially in the last five years, they are taking things way too far, and a lot of these parents should be, I mean, can’t they send a handout home with parents and say, “Hey, can you talk to your kids about this? These are the things we’d really like them to learn.” And how about we ask parents to be parents? There’s an idea. Let’s try that.
I think it’s interesting too, I have concerns about this in terms of rolling and teaching children consent. And some of you guys are going to think I’m paranoid, but I’m telling you what, I’ve been doing my homework on this. If you follow teaching children consent to its end, it is really opening the door for pedophilia in the culture, and these are serious things. So in kindergarten, by lesson four, they’re going to teach them the touching rule, so the objective is that by the end of lesson four, the student’s able to identify private body parts, identify the touching rule, apply the ways to stay safe in response to scenarios where someone has broken the touching rule.
And again, I’m not opposed to this on its face, but I don’t trust these people’s agenda one iota. I just really don’t. I don’t like social emotional learning. I really don’t. And these people are huge into it, and so that makes me nervous. So on its face I think, “Oh, that looks nice,” but I think underneath it, I’d be really worried. So you can check that out. Again, this is not a, “Thus say the Lord,” but I do have a fair amount of experience in this area and I would be concerned.
So what time is it? Oh, you guys, I’m out of time. I was going to try to get to one more question, but I’m already four minutes over. And so again, I appreciate you guys leaving reviews for the podcast. Thank you so much for sending us your questions, and you can do that again, heidistjohn.com/mailboxmonday.
Would you guys please pray for us this weekend as we head to Lakeland, Florida? Please pray that the Lord brings people to come out there. We have had a whole lot of opposition to this, and I can’t help but think it’s because the enemy is worried about what we’re going to say. And you know what? He should be worried, because we’re bringing the truth. And I know that God is in this and we love it if you guys would pray for us. If you know anybody in the area, and if you’re anywhere near Lakeland, Florida, Orlando, Tampa, oh my goodness, right in the middle of these cities, Miami, come on up and spend a day and a half of this. I promise you, you will be glad that you came and it’s going to leave you empowered and encouraged and on fire to share the hope that we have within us, which is the hope of Jesus.
We love you guys. We thank you so much for your support of this ministry, and thank you for joining us also at Mom Strong International. If you haven’t signed up there yet, please do it. We’re right in the middle of a study on the loving kindness of God, the chesed of God, and it is powerful study on why God loves us and how he loves us, and he loves us big. He really does. And so join me at Mom Strong International, and again, we continue to just covet and appreciate your prayers for Faith That Speaks. Have a great day everybody, and I’ll see you back here with more of your questions on Wednesday.
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