Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Following Was Sent To Me In An E-mail

This is not something that I would normally post, and some of you may not like what it has to say.  If that is the case, then so be it.  Your beliefs are your own.  If you do not like or agree with this post, I would greatly appreciate it if you simply do not leave a comment.  I don't want to know.  A friend sent this to me in an e-mail, and although I am not a regular church goer, I am baptized as a Baptist and do believe in God.  I don't believe that you have to show up in church every Sunday, nor have pictures of Jesus Christ or a crucifix hanging on your wall to prove that you are a believer.   The way a person lives his or her life is testament to their beliefs. Whether you want to believe it or not, there is a ton of truth in this.

Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning (an earlier Sunday) - Ben Stein  

I 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 Hurricane 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 okay.

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.  

If you do not think it has merit, 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


The Great Ethan Allen said...

I love Ben Stein. He is remarkably down to earth in his arguements and presuasions.

Susie said...

Hey Lisa,

I received a while back too! I loved reading it and found all of it to be so true. Thanks for sharing it again.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Hi Lisa - great to see you posting again.

IF God exists then i think he created free will for a reason and each and everyone has the choice how to use it - so his lack of interference could be taken as him allowing us to come to him of our own free will (in line with the general idea of the Bible, as i understand)

With regards to the point about kids having no control - it's not about smacking them, because that can only increase the level of violence. What kids need is consistency - we as parents and adults must say something, mean it and back it up with our own behaviour. When we fail to do so, when we act irresponsibly ourselves and set a bad example we are letting the next generation down

raccoonlover1963 said...

Amen Pixie!

Middle Ditch said...

I'm not laughing. This is so true. Thanks for showing.

ellen said...

I joined the camera critters. Hope you can find time to visit my very first entry to this meme. Thank you and God bless. Indeed a blessing to see you around.

Middle Ditch said...

Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Hey Lisa - hope you're still out there!

Merry xmas