3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:)
I think of all the jobs that are no longer in this country and have gone overseas. What a destruction to our once booming economy. Why don't they keep the jobs here where they belong, where the greatest number of consumers are? What are our companies thinking of anyway? Of course if those companies did bring their businesses back to this countries, the demands of the workers for more pay, and less working hours, and more benefits such as medical and travel expenses and the like would drive the prices of the items so high no one could possibly buy them. Then we could complain about the high prices the business are charging for their merchandise rather than where the items are being manufactured. That's a lot more "American," don't you think?
This country used to be a one language country. We could all understand one another, the schools didn't have to hire teachers who could speak every major language of the world. And instructions that came with the items we are so ready to purchase came on a slip of paper instead of three volume sets. Manufacturers, in an effort to compensate for having to print out all these instructions in every language, on ever-rising costly paper, that increases the size of packaging and the cost for shipping, have chosen to print their instructions digitally where we have to go on line and fight through pages of confusing links to access them. But that's the American way, it gives us something else to complain about.
What happened to the Ten Commandments? Does the government and the people now feel it's ok to steal and to kill and to violate other such natural laws? We still have courts, policemen, and prisons, so some laws like jay walking and spitting on the sidewalk must still be in force, having taken the place of adultery and fornication, witchcraft and pornography, which the Bible says to abstain from. Perhaps it's because the Ten Commandments are too Jewish, or too Christian that they're spoken against. Whatever the reason, it's the Christian thing to complain about not having those rules posted on the walls of our schools and our courts, even though we never really believed in them anyway. We see the Ten Commandments somewhere in almost every church (not every church, because every Christian church doesn't believe in Jesus or the Bible, and some don't even believe in God. But that again is the American way). Even as a child I heard preached the importance of the Ten Commandments, but the fifth one, the one God rejected Israel for abandoning, I've never seen kept except by a very few, unacceptable churches. That law, in case you've forgotten, is the keeping of the Sabbath. I'll bet you didn't know that was one of the laws you've been fighting to have posted on your courthouse walls. Imagine how many prisons our government could build and fill, and the jobs as prison guards and policemen we could create if we enforced that law. Of course it would be the Christians, the ones insisting on the laws being enforced, that would be filling those prisons for not obeying it. And why wouldn't Christians obey that law? Because that law is a part of the legal system of the Old Testament Jews that the Christian churches refuse to follow, and doom to hell anyone who does follow those laws.
Prayer in schools. Why did they ever take away prayer in school? Isn't prayer a good thing? Surely it is. Of course at one time this was a Christian nation, all speaking the same language, and all American. We not only had one language, but we had one goal, and we had one flag that we saluted and that we learned to respect. But because of our demand for civil rights, for our opinions to be respected and followed, those single-minded things of the past have been lost in obscurity. It's not right to place one of anything over something else in this country because it's unfair. One flag, or no flag is equal to another, even if it does have a swastika painted over the red, white and blue. Burn the flag, or the cross, anything but the Koran, and it's ok. And why not the Koran as well you say? Because the Muslim people do not go along with the American way, and they hold their God, and their religious artifacts in high esteem, something this country, and the Christian church no longer does.
Prayer in school. Of course we all want prayer in school, don't we? Muslims want prayer in schools, as do the Hindus and the Buddhists, and every other religion and non religious organization. But they all want their prayers in the schools. If we treated prayer like we do everything else, like for instance the instruction booklets described above, then we would have so many types of prayers prayed in school that there would be no time left for the lessons.
Where do we draw the line?
I know, let's go back to being a Christian nation, and keep our prayers Christian. All other religions and other beliefs will just have to remain silent or take their prayers elsewhere. Doesn't that sound nice and Christian, very American? Ok, now, who prays? Let's start off with a Mormon prayer out of the Doctrine and Covenants. Everybody up for that? I see a Baptist hand raised in the back of the room. You object you say? You want a traditional prayer you say? Ok, a traditional prayer. How about a nice prayer out of the Catholic Catechism? Did everyone bring their rosary? Whoops, I see another hand of objection raised, this time it's a Jehovah's Witness who does not like the prayer selected. Then let's try a Pentecostal prayer. Anyone against rolling on the floor and speaking in tongues? I see there is. Then let's go to the Episcopal church for a prayer. Here's one, it speaks of Jesus and Buddha having been the same person through different incarnations. Any objections? I see there are.
We've gotten so far away from the will of God that there is no way we can ever come together in social brotherhood. We each have our own view of what is socially correct, and if anyone disagrees with us, we castigate them and refuse to cooperate with them. Who is right? None of us are right. Each of us has a little bit of right in our opinion, and a whole lot of wrong. But it's like the man who says "love me, love my dog," or "I ain't going nowhere my hat ain't welcome." We insist that people accept our faults, and our dubious beliefs along with our good points. And there is no one worse for feeling this way than is the Traditional, American Christian.
Because this nation, and especially the churches, are so divided, and so hard-headed, it (neither) has any strength. We've given up our power through our demand to be heard and appeased. Solomon when confronted with this same situation, where two women claimed the same child, declared the child be cut in half, thereby appeasing both women. Our government has not just two people they must satisfy, but hundreds of groups demanding to be appeased and respected. Those we've elected to serve us (not our country, but to serve our selfish wills) has elected to satisfy everybody by satisfying nobody. There is no way the government can allow prayer in school, because no one will accept which prayer is to be accepted. We've demanded, demanded, demanded, until all anyone in authority can do is throw up their hands in frustration and refuse to listen to anyone.
There's no group so fragmented and demanding as that of the Christian church. and we believe we, our little denominational view, is the only one that has the answer. And if that view isn't accepted and followed, then what is accepted is considered as anti-Christian and ungodly. We complain that things have gone awry. And we wonder how it ever became that our country, and our churches have sunk to such a low level. We refuse to look in the mirror for the source of the problems, and thereby we miss the solution to the problems.
While the churches fight amongst themselves as to who will be listened to, and as they condemn one another for being one step away from falling into the pit of hell, the door is left wide open to those who have their own un-American, and ungodly agendas. We have given the wolves free reign in the sheepfold while we beat one another over the head in an effort to claim the position of head shepherd.
The solutions to the economy, to prayer in school, to the advancement of social justice, to cleaning up the moral decay of our nation and the moral correctness of our churches is within the grasp of every church. But that effort must begin with ourselves, both as a local church, a denomination, and as an individual within those organizations. We have to release our selfish, demanding ways and follow the Word of God, instead of expecting God to clean up the world our way.
1Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. (Rom 12:)
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