Forwarding on

I received this email and instead of forwarding it on through my email, I thought I’d just post it. 

Weather or not it is in fact from Ben Stein, doesn’t matter.  The point is well made.

I can only hope we find God again before it is too late!! 
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning
Commentary.
My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees..  I don’t feel threatened.  I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are:  Christmas trees.
It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me.  I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu .  If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.   But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke;  it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.  She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’
In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.  And we said OK.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they
will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.  If not then just discard it… no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. 
 
         My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully,
 
         Ben Stein 

In reading this and the fact that New England’s York’s Football Player Burris has put himself in the trouble he’s in, just makes me crazy.  Here is a person, who was paid a lot of money to do what he enjoys and in a blink of an eye, it’s gone, because of putting himself in a position that jeapardized his career.  I can’t even feel sorry for the guy, but it isn’t all his fault.  You have to go back to his high school coach, then college coach, who would sweep any bad thing under the rug, so their best player can play.  I know I’m generalizing, however, I’ve seen what the jocks get away with in high school and at the university level.  By the time they make the pros, it’s too late to correct the problem.

I agree, not all atheletes are this way, however, there seems to be more than enough of them that everyone looks the other way.  What happened to responsibility?  What happened to accountability?  What happened to being a role model.  If this is the kind of role model our children and grandchildren have now days, I’d rather they read books or something else that would get their imagination going and spark a life they were meant to live. 

I guess I shouldn’t just single out the atheletes, but also include the entertainment field.  I’m sorry, but I’m pretty tired of the gangsta rap.  I don’t want my grandchildren hearing about how to off someone for revenge, etc.  I don’t want my grandchildren playing extremely violent video games that shows someone’s head being blown off when shot or the blood splattering from a wound.  Come on people, where does it end? 

I’m all for creativity, however, the violence really isn’t needed.  When did parents stop teaching about consequences?  When did parents stop being parents? 

Everyone wants God out of their lives.  The world has pushed Him further and further away … are you happy with where we are now?  I know I’m not.  I fear for my family, my grandchildren, my sisters and their families.  At any moment in time, someone with no morals, with no regard to someone else, with no fear of consequences, could injure or kill a loved one.  I won’t stand for it, I hope you all don’t either.

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2 thoughts on “Forwarding on

  1. I’m always hesitant to comment on posts involving religion, as the debates can take such a nasty turn, so if you don’t want to get into it, just let me know.

    The one thing, though, that struck me is the direct association made in Stein’s piece between conscience/morality/etc. and religion (i.e. in schools, etc.). Now you know I’m not a very religious person (the short story: Dad was over-churched as a child (Southern Baptist) and sorta went the opposite way with me), but I think that I’m a decent person and have a good set of moral values. Religion is not, in my opinion, a requirement for having upstanding moral values.

    Just my two cents. Don’t worry, I won’t even touch the whole “how many wars have been waged & people killed in the name of religion” argument (an argument which has it’s own flaws). 🙂

  2. We have a double whammy in our family – hubby was raised Southern Baptist and I am a recoverying Catholic … so religion is definately not my thing. However, God is. I have found that religion rules are man made (think Pharisees) and not so much what God is about (think Jesus hanging out with “thieves and liars and the least of these” a line quote from a Todd Agnew song) in His word, the Bible. Pick up a new NLT or an NIV version and read the stories. God is so much bigger than the rules man made about him.

    That is why we attend the church we do. It is geared toward unchurched people as well as people who have left religion.

    Let’s face it we all are God’s children. He’s given us the freewill to follow Him or not. I find my life is so much better when I follow Him instead of follow the world.

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