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State of the Union

Seems like every time I turn around there is some awesomely horrible new thing going on.  If it’s not war, suicide bombings, plague or famine, it’s hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and flooding.  I found this really great article that back fills what has gone on the past year till now… go here.  I also found this one…here.  That last one is getting updated on a regular basis.  There is even a facebook page dedicated to updating the natural disasters going on all over the world, here.

After reading those articles, and seeing the comments left under them, I started getting a sickening feeling.  The comments are about half in half of what people believe is causing all of this.  Half agree that mother nature is out to get us because we are all connected by a central consciousness, and we have become so obsessed with money and greed that she is ready to get rid of us.  The other half believes this is the beginning of the birth pains talked about in Matthew 24.

I personally am not sure if these are birth pains, or just part of the wrath that is being poured out on us for becoming a nation irritated by the mention of the name Christ.  Only God knows the hour.  The thing that bothers me the most is that our nation has become an ‘in one ear, out the other’ people.  We don’t care what is going on, as long as it isn’t happening to us.  We feel sorry for those that are in harms way, but the next day we are back to work, and back to worrying about ourselves.

Sunday morning we had an excellent speaker at church.  His name is Rick Green, and he is a speaker for WallBuilders, a group that has been recognized nationally for its work in education, history, law, and public policy, integrating the elements of faith and morality throughout all aspects of American life and culture.

He spoke about the foundations of this nation, and why we have strayed from them.  Although the atheist groups would have you believe that our founding fathers were Deists (believed in a creator, but that the creator has no hand in what is happening), Rick and his group have researched and gathered facts about them that proves only 10 out of the 250 signers of the constitution were indeed non-Christian.  The founders would begin every meeting with a prayer and call to God to help them define how this land, given to them by God’s grace, should be set up regarding law.  Indeed, if you research paintings of George Washington, you will see something like this:

Let me say that if you decide to go and research for yourself, please go to your local library, as the internet has a way of putting out only what they want you to see… for instance, Wikipedia.  Until I learned the facts behind George Washington’s beliefs, I thought Wiki was telling the truth about him being a Deist…and there was nothing backing up that statement.

The most notorious of the ‘non-Christians’ was Benjamin Franklin, but even Franklin was quoted as saying, “I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service.”  Read the entire letter this came from here.

I read a story posted by one of my friends on Facebook: “A little girl wanted to know what the USA looked like.  Her dad tore a map from a magazine, ripped it into small pieces, and told her to put it back together.  After a few minutes she returned with the map correctly fitted and taped!  The dad, in awe, asked, ‘how did you do that?!’  She replied, ‘simple daddy, on the other side was a picture of Jesus and when I put Him back, the country just came together!”

I believe there is so much truth in that story.  Until the 50’s having the 10 commandments on the wall of the classroom was common place.  It has since been declared unconstitutional…and we wonder why our generation has no morals.  Ok, I wonder that.. and some others, too, but in all seriousness, the shooting rampages that happen in schools across the nation (that don’t get press), didn’t happen before we took God’s words out of our schools.

I have seen articles and posts about how horrible it is that Christians brainwash their children into believing in God, and not giving them a chance to figure it out or make that choice on their own.  Things like that make me sick to my stomach.  I was not raised in a Christian household, but at the age of 12 it was forced upon me.  I hated my parents for that, and now I wonder why they waited so long.  Is it wrong for my child to be well behaved because he knows that God wants us to be good?  Is it wrong for my boy to ‘secretly’ go to his room to thank God for the safety of his family?

I don’t thrust my beliefs on my child.. he see’s the change in me, and wants to be better by following my lead.  It is my prayer that we would all start doing our own research into why things happen, good or bad, and not rely on what others are telling us (this includes me).  Can you be ‘open minded’ towards Christ?

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” – Matthew 24



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