This is Why the World is Crazy!

My Parent Lab

I was sitting in my living room listening to one of the top news programs in the world to stay up to date on current events. Suddenly the program invited a special guest on to the show, a political “expert” to give his opinions. What kind of insight would you expect to receive from a guy who is a nationally known political commentator, columnist for USA Today, has served as Secretary of State, and currently co-hosts a national news program?

I would expect some astute observations about whatever topic he is being asked to discuss. However, toward the end of the interview, the host asked our “expert” what percentage of a certain decision was political and what percentage was philosophy. The expert looked irritated as he gave this revealing answer, “Politics and philosophy have never crossed paths or been intertwined in my lifetime.”

That quote could be the most false statement I have ever heard from a smart adult with the full intention of being serious.

That’s like saying that Michael Jordan’s athletic ability is not intertwined with the fact that he became one of the greatest basketball players ever, or that the design of the Egyptian pyramids have nothing to do with how long they have continued to stand! You and I wouldn’t even know Jordan if he wasn’t born with a certain level of athleticism. Granted, there are skills that can be developed associated with a certain game, but there has to be a base of athleticism to start from.  Quite obviously, there has to be a point of origin from which an outcome flows.

ALL politics…ALL political beliefs find their ORIGIN and flow from a certain philosophical belief. Here’s an example. I am an avid supporter of traditional marriage and oppose any other definition for marriage outside of one man and one woman. That is my political view. This is the natural outcome that flows from my philosophical belief that the Bible is the infallible, authoritative Word of God, in which he has clearly defined and settled this issue. Philosophy first. Political position second. There exists NOT ONE political position outside of a philosophical framework.

Here is the sad part. When our “expert,” who influences tens of thousands of people weekly, said “Politics and philosophy have never crossed paths or been intertwined in my lifetime,” he believes it! And just as bad, the questioner just blinked and moved on, never even acknowledging it, much less refuting it.

I said all that to say one thing about parenting. If one of our children continually behaves in a way that demonstrates a different viewpoint than they are supposed to, I would suggest that there are two possibilities why that is the case:

  1. They do not understand clearly enough the philosophical truth that supports their parents’ desired behavior. (I kind of understand, but I didn’t know it was that big of a deal.)
  2. They do understand the philosophical truth position of their parents, but they do not ascribe enough value to it for it to effect change. (I know what you’re saying, I just don’t care right now.)

As you can see, these situations call for different methods of approach. When a child’s behavior isn’t what you expect, it always goes back to their fundamental philosophical beliefs. Hence, train up a child in the way he should go…

The next couple of excerpts will outline a few philosophical viewpoints that lead to noble behavior, and a few that lead to disastrous behavior.


Train deep,


About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→