Book Review: Standing Up to Goliath: Battling State and National Teachers’ Unions for the Heart and Soul of Our Kids and Country by Rebecca Friedrichs
Cheon Seong Gyeong 2044
Until now, each administrative authority in the Republic of Korea has never had the experience of carrying out its political or educational directives centered on tong and ban. It has never carried out education on a national level. It has been unable to advocate its ideology. It has only been able to gather together the city mayors or the county officials, and maybe one or two other people from the local neighborhoods. The main target for ideological education has not been the leaders of tong and ban. Therefore, there are no roots. It means that no roots were put down here. That’s the point; there are no roots. It’s just like a floating weed. (165-224, 1987.5.27)
Richard: This is the very same Rheama that I got on July 20th, 2019, and again on Dec. 31st, 2019. July 20th was when Stacey and I determined to initiate Home Church in our West Virginia neighborhood. Butt who are the leaders of the tong and ban. A tong, in Korea, is about 100 homes. A ban is about a dozen homes. So these are small groups of neighbors who collaborate together. Yet this is lacking in our neighborhood (and in most neighborhoods). We need to solve this issue. Those who hear the voice of God need to step up and work to know, love and serve their neighbors, as well as well as help them learn what God’s Will is for their lives.
Cheon Seong Gyeong 1474
God created humankind for the sake of love. Why were human beings created? They were created because of love. The reason human beings are different from other forms of creation is that they were created as God’s sons and daughters. They were created as object partners who can receive love directly from Him. Such is the privilege of humankind. (132-245, 1984.6.20)
Giving and Receiving
The wisdom of giving is the topic of passages in this section. When we give to one another freely and without conditions, sharing our blessings with others and bearing each other’s burdens, the giving multiplies. We receive far more than we gave. even when there is no immediate prospect of return, heaven keeps accounts of giving, and in the end blessing will return to the giver, multiplied manyfold. We must give first; to expect to receive without having given is to violate the universal law. (see chapter 2: Duality) conversely, giving with strings attached—in order to receive, to curry favor or to make a name for oneself—is condemnable.
Father Moon’s extensive teachings about giving provide a philosophical basis for this universal moral wisdom. Giving is rooted in the nature of the creator, who invested himself utterly to create all things in heaven and earth. he goes on to explain several reasons for giving’s paradoxical power to yield increase the more it is spent: first, because in giving we pattern our lives after the creator; second, through the concept of give-and-take action as seen in the cycles of the natural world; and third, in the investment of parents in their children, with its joyful yield over the years—growth, prosperity and grandchildren. To encourage us to give without any conditions, he counsels us to “give and give and forget what you have given.”