Monday Morning Message for the day after Easter!
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited
by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary, Sunday, 12/18/05 .
at this happy time of year, a few confessions from
my beating heart:
I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the
cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog
biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers
at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either.
Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they
have broken up? Why are they so important? I don't know who Lindsay Lohan
is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.
Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and
asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and
If this is what it means to be no longer young. It's
not so bad.
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
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 Nick and Jessica 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 Nick
and Jessica 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?"
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
I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she
was murdered, her body found recently) 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? 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.
Sent on March 28, 2006
A word from Dwight: This message was sent
to me by CJ Durachinsky and it may seem strange to send
you something about Christmas, but the message is so
good that I wanted to share it with you to emphasize
that as Christians, we should not be pushing our beliefs
on people but just as the disciples were unable to
keep quiet about what God had been doing in their lives,
we should not be ashamed to share our lives with others
and let people know thru our actions that Jesus has
changed us and made us different.
Congratulations to Aaron Baddeley, on
the PGA Tour on his first win in the USA at Harbour Town and he was one
of featured speakers at the sunrise service on the 18th green prior to
going out and winning the golf tournament. Keep an eye on this young
man as he seems a great witness by his thoughts and his actions. Enjoy
the warmer weather up north and Go Cav’s! dls
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