Death of a Nation

6 01 2018

Israel, once a powerful and God-loving nation, was led by a succession of evil kings who encouraged idolatry. And, in spite of God’s warnings, Israel fell deeper and deeper into sin. The people disobeyed God’s commands and began to worship idols. They became corrupt. They grew greedy. They became lustful and shamelessly immoral. They drifted away from God, who had done so much to make them an independent nation, and eventually the nation was destroyed.

 

Sound familiar?

 

Look at today’s headlines. Hardly a day goes by we don’t see another example of corruption within our legal system and our government. The swamp is deep and wide. The web of deceit and corruption has become so widespread and intertwined it appears there is no way to fix it. And, while there is nothing new about corruption among politicians and powerful people, there was a time when we would hold those who were found guilty accountable for their actions. Murders, rapes and violence, in general, are on the upswing.

 

I believe that what entertains us reveals our nature. In the fifties and early sixties, for example, A wholesome America thronged to the theaters to see the likes of Tracy, Hepburn, John Wayne, Doris Day, Portiere and others. Our favorite television characters included Lucy and Ricky, Rob and Laura Petrie, the Cleavers and so on. These were characters portrayed by people who conducted themselves in a respectable manner, both on and off camera. But, we began to get away from wholesome heroes in favor of a free lifestyle without inhibitions and boundaries. We began to reject noble character in favor of a me first attitude. Like the children of Israel, we began to lose sight of what was good. We began to lose sight of our Christian values.

 

In a Pew Research Center study conducted in 2014, the number of Americans who say they do not believe in God nearly doubled, from 5 to 9 percent, as compared to a similar study in 2007. In a country of over 300 million people, that’s a large number. Sadly, the same trend continues today.

 

There is no single event to which one can attribute the genesis of America’s moral decay; but, if I had to pick a spot in history which might come close, I would go with Woodstock and the hippie movement of the late sixties. Many of those same free-loving, anti-establishment, draft-dodging potheads are brain-washing your kids on our college campuses today. Those same snowflakes are the parents who came up with the everybody wins and everybody gets a trophy insanity which gave millennials a sense of entitlement to go along with their closets filled with dusty trophies. And, as America continues this immoral spiral, we grow closer to the same fate that befell Israel in the Books of 1 and 2 Kings-the death of a nation.

 

The good news, or should I say, The Good News, is, Christ will return soon and the end will be the beginning for those who have accepted Christ as Savior and our new lives will be eternal.

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Learn to Lose!

19 12 2016

In the aftermath of the recent presidential election, I have been amazed at the reaction of those who are grieving over the results. Many of those liberals, who claim to be so tolerant, are acting like children who just dropped their ice cream cones on the sidewalk. Protesting, crying, incapable of everyday living, even rioting has been their child-like reaction to a Trump victory. They simply cannot accept the fact that Hillary lost the election. And to make matters worse, universities, or bastions of liberalism, are pandering to their childish intolerance by providing support groups, counseling, therapy dogs and even cancelling final exams.

Time Out

Time Out

 

I believe the grief of many is real, but that doesn’t justify such childish behavior. Instead, it begs the question, why? Why have these children of all ages gotten so upset that they need therapy? The answer is simple. When they, and in many cases, their parents and professors, were just munchkins running around the soccer or baseball field, there were parents and coaches insisting, we don’t keep score. There are no winners and losers. Everyone is a winner. Everyone gets a trophy.

 

Here’s the Biblical truth…you reap what you sow and you have sown, with your liberal, no-loser dogma, a generation of young people, many of  whom never learned how to lose. And, our so-called institutions of higher learning are merely perpetuating this deception. Newsflash…in life, you won’t always win. Someone has to finish second, third…last. Only one applicant will get the job. Where will your support group be when you are turned down for a car or home loan? Where will your therapy dog be when the jerk in the next cubicle gets your promotion? Will your professor be there to help you through your anger and grief when your vacation hotel tells you they have a no pets policy so you can’t take Daisy, the dachshund, along on your trip to Hawaii? It makes no difference who you are, you can’t always have your way; and, those who don’t learn that have some hard times ahead. They will one day learn that those thirty-seven participation trophies in their parents’ attic won’t even get them an empty Starbucks cup.





That’s the Way it’s Supposed to be!

11 01 2015

As everyone knows, last week, at a newspaper office in Paris, there was a terrorist attack that left twelve people dead. The whole situation seems to have evolved from the satirical cartoons for which the newspaper had become known. The cartoons angered the attackers to the point they felt that killing those responsible was justified. Their murderous actions were an attempt to “avenge Allah,” but, also, to send the message that if you offend them by “disrespecting” their god (little g intended), you, too, will be killed. In response to the killings, employees of the newspaper, citizens in Paris, the U. S. and around the world, decided, rightfully so, that to give in to the terrorists would be to surrender the right of free expression.

 

There is a unifying refrain heard around the world that we will not be afraid! We will not give in! We will not be silenced! You cannot take our freedom! We see the rights granted us by our Constitution, as something so great we would be, as were our forefathers, willing to die for them. The irony is, the ones screaming the loudest and leading the charge are the same ones who seek to silence the voice of Christians. The most intolerant are the liberals who preach tolerance.

 

If you have been paying attention, you have seen story after story in which Americans’ freedom to express their religious beliefs have been systematically taken away. There is growing sentiment in this country, perpetuated by a faction of non-believers, that Christians should not be allowed to say, do or display anything related to their God. They want to silence Christians just as the murderers in Paris silenced the cartoonists and others whom they claim offended them. The only difference between them and those who want to silence Christians, is the latter doesn’t carry a gun (at least not one they’ll admit to).

 

Government Got Your Back?

Where is our government in all of this? One would think, since the government is the defender of the Constitution and protector of our freedoms, they would be at the forefront, or at least by the sides, of oppressed Christians just as they were when the Constitution was being drafted. Instead, they are out front in lockstep with the ACLU leading the way as the abettors in this attack against God.

 

Separation of Church and State

Yes, it is the responsibility of the government to protect the rights of all citizens, Christians and non-Christians alike. And, while I have problems with what I believe is a misinterpretation of the First Amendment, I’m not talking about separation of church and state. I’m simply talking about my right as a God-fearing Christian to tell a store cashier “Merry Christmas” without him/her becoming offended or getting fired from his/her job if they respond in kind. I’m talking about being able to sit in a plane, train, on a park bench, or any other public venue, and pray or read my Bible without someone taking offense and making a comment. I’m talking about my granddaughter having the freedom to pull her Bible out during free time at school and, in the silence of the moment, reading Scripture without fear of suspension.

 

Church and state aside, Christians are no longer free to exercise religious expression, outside the privacy of their own homes, without facing ridicule, criticism or, even, retribution.

 

Now as bad as that sounds, and as much as Christians dislike the repression, there is a bright side. Scripture tells us that those in Christ, and not in the world, will be hated by the world. At John 15:18-19, Jesus told the disciples, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (NKJV)

 

The truth is, what we are experiencing is part of God’s plan.  Rejection is supposed to happen. If I am criticized, oppressed or even hated because I espouse Christian beliefs, then I take that as a badge of honor. I must be doing something right in the eyes of God and that’s good enough for me.