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The way things are

Saturday, August 6, 2011

This country is turning on its head.

Thursday, the market dropped by more than 500 points, causing panic in the financial and business industry.

Heat is battering the country, threatening livestock, crops and water supplies.

In other parts of the country, heavy rains and severe weather are deluging property surrounding flooded natural waterways.

Unemployment continues to add to our growing economic woes, fuels costs create budget challenges, and the cost of goods grows as a result.

It seems as though the list of issues just keeps on growing.

And we, the citizens, sit around wondering what the heck is going on.

Well, I'll ask the question. Why do we think God would continue to bless a nation that continually balks at his instruction?

Non-believers out there, this is probably a good place for you to stop reading, because the remainder of this column isn't going to make a lot of sense to your or appeal to your mindset. The question alone probably touched a nerve.

But for those of you out there who claim to believe in a higher power, or God, for those of you not offended to see the word in print, you've got to ask yourself: "How much more is He willing to put up with?"

Let's take a look at how things are shaping up.

The author's of the Constitution for this country and many who followed in positions of leadership based the direction of this land on the fundamental teachings of the Bible. Not any particular branch of the Christian religion, just the basic principles of God's word as laid out in the pages of His instruction manual on how life is supposed to be lived.

Now, with the support of many members of our governmental leadership, we've done our utmost to strike God's name from the public square.

We have a nation that not only says it's OK, but desires to use its citizens' money to kill its most defenseless - the unborn child in its mother's womb.

We live in a nation that continues to work against the family structure by creating an environment which allows teens to hide vital health-related procedures from their parents.

Our society thinks that rather than punishing people for providing potentially deadly and mind altering poisons to its people, we should work to legalize such practices so we can tax and make money off the misery and despair of its citizens.

Television programs represent parents as bumbling morons to the youth of America, suggesting that it's the kids who've got it all figured out. Parents are just out of touch with what's going on.

Even worse, we have young girls, made famous on TV for getting pregnant as teenagers, appearing on the covers of celebrity magazines. That's our idea of celebrity today.

Marriage vows have become a joke. Divorce used to be a course of action taken in the most dangerous or dire of circumstances. In some cases, it still is. But in many other instances, it's what someone does when they find someone new they want to try out for a while.

Our souls are continuing to be whittled away a little at a time, and things that we never would have tolerated in the past are becoming acceptable.

We're getting commercials now for personal sexual pleasure items, enhancement pills and "Trojan-Man" interrupting our television program.

"No son, Trojan-Man is NOT a new superhero."

Our moral fiber is deteriorating and we've become a society of do what feels good regardless of the cost. Don't stand for anything or you're going to offend your neighbor. And if you have an opinion that involves morality, keep it to yourself because that's pushing your values on me.

You're right, it's hard to figure out why God isn't blessing this country right now.

Actually, I keep wondering how much longer He's going to sit by and watch us muck up the great opportunity He's given us.

It's time for this country to turn things around - in a spiritual sense - then perhaps we will have a right to expect a change in the country's overall health.


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If China is on the rise, and America is on the decline, does that mean that God favors one over the other? Will God comdemn an entire people because of the wickedness of some, or even most, of it's citizens? Michele Bachmann says that God has a plan for America. How does she know what the plan is and I don't. How does Randy know God is punishing the US. Isn't everything "Gods Plan" anyway? Just asking.......

-- Posted by Cookster on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 10:27 AM

No one knows what the plan is--they just know there is a plan-read your bible-its all in there.

-- Posted by iowagirl on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 4:56 PM

Randy Randy Randy

Implicit in this little rant is that God used to bless us, and isn't because of what our country is doing. So then you must have an answer for this little question: When, exactly, were the good ole God days in America?

Was it when white Europeans were importing millions of Africans to serve as indentured servants and later outright slaves? Was it when the US govt't was systematically practicing genocide on Native American Indian nations? Was it when the US said that "all men are created equal" and then denied the vote to all non- white men? Was it when the police in Birmingham usd vicious police dogs and water cannons to intimidate civil rights workers? Was it when the US invaded Iraq without legal cause, destroyed their infrastructure, and set in motion an insurgency that resulted in 5000 dead Americans and 50,000 dead iraqis...most of whom were innocent noncombatants in the wrong place at the wrong time?

So tell me, Randy, when exactly were the good ole God days that we, as a country, were acting in accordance with his will and earning his blessing?

-- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 5:33 PM

"The author's of the Constitution for this country and many who followed in positions of leadership based the direction of this land on the fundamental teachings of the Bible."

That is patently false. The Constitution explicitly says there shall be no religious test for office, and makes no other mention of the Bible, Christianity, or even God.

The Declaration of Independence mentions a "Creator," though Jefferson was a Deist, detested Christianity, and in fact rewrote the Bible, removing any mention of Jesus, believing him a myth.

John Adams

Benjamin Franklin

Alexander Hamilton

John Jay

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

George Washington

These are the key 7 "founding fathers" most historians agree. Of them, 6 were Deists or Agnostics. Only John Jay was an orthodox Christian.

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries." -Madison, the writer of the Constitution.

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it."

"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." -Jefferson

"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion..."-Treaty of Tripoli (drafted during Washington's Presidency, ratified under Adams.)

Clearly nothing indicates there was anything "based on the teachings of the Bible."

Look at the moral atmosphere of today. Everything enjoyable, from cigarettes to sex to ambition to the profit motive, is considered depraved or sinful. Just prove that a thing makes men happy and you've condemned it. That's how far we've come. We've tied happiness to guilt. This is the cornerstone of Christianity, and the antithesis of a free society like America is supposed to be. The way to reverse any particular "moral decay" is not to embrace fallacies of the Founders as wholly religious or basing the documents they wrote describing liberty of this country as "based on the Bible," or any other pure nonsense, but to continue to promote freedom and liberty and individual choice.

-- Posted by jlees on Mon, Aug 8, 2011, at 2:41 PM

The commonsence of the men that built this country are saddly lost in B.S.of todays big GOVT.

and the same go's for ( HIM ) everyone maybe?

-- Posted by BRUSHPILE on Tue, Aug 9, 2011, at 1:09 PM

I guess Randy is casting the first stone. Way to go "Managing Editor".

-- Posted by Evinrude on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 6:19 PM

Wow. I sure hope that many of these comments aren't from "christians". And I dont mean sunday morning only christains.

I have also found myself questioning many times with all the things going on in the world and how very little values and morals people today seem to have and what the connection may be.

Weather or not this nation was based on the bible or not can everyone else not see that this nation is going to crap? Everyone seems to be focusing on the less important topic. I believe the main important part of this is that this nation is so out of whack with morals its not even funny. Do we really need/want to know whos sleeping with who on magazines everywhere? Do we really need all these commercials that arent suitable for kids on numerous channels? Do we really need shows on teenage pregnancy?

Its like the christians that are willing to stand up and say "listen we need to get back to having some sense here" are the ones that are the quickest to get cut down by others. I dont care if someone is a Christian or not thats everyones own choice, but even if you arent isn't easy to still see how things need to get back to the basic morals, values and common sense?

I am so glad this article was wrote. I agree so much with it. And the fact that people are more focused on if the government was or wasnt based on the bible and not on the real problem that faces america just shows me how much trouble this country is in. So many are just out to prove someone wrong or try to make themselves right and in doing so lose sight of the most important things. sad.

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Sat, Aug 13, 2011, at 9:05 PM

I'm not going to address the Christian aspect of this article except to say that one can be a Christian without acting superior to those who are not.

Regarding Teen Mom: I've watched the program, and I have never seen an instance where the moms are glorified for becoming moms. Rather, the show focuses on just how many problems these girls are now experiencing and all state that their lives would be much easier if they had waited to have sex.

Regarding Trojan Man and sexual enhancement pills: these products have been advertised for years.

-- Posted by notinia on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:40 AM

I fail to see in this article where anyone is stating or acting as if Christians are superior to any other person regardless of their faith.

Teen Mom can be a bit glorified when young kids see the money that these girls are getting paid to be on these shows and how much attention they are getting as well. To some kids it makes no difference to them to others its a way in their eyes to get the attention that they crave.

Trojan Man and pills ads have been around for awhile but does that make it right to just have it out there for whom ever to watch ?

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 7:51 PM

When has God ever blessed a nation besides the Jews. God looks at the person. While I agree that America's morals have gone down hill (and I'm gay), I'd say there is more insight coming from the people commenting on this opinion. But once again this is one man's opinion.

-- Posted by joev on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 8:52 AM

Ashly, the superiority I am speaking of is the comments and parts of the original article that imply that Christians have a monopoly on morality. I am a Christian, but I can acknowledge that non-Christians are capable of acting morally, and treating their fellow man/country/whathaveyou with respect. In part, I am referring to your comment that you hope comments you apparently disagree with were not made by Christians. Which, specifically, were you referring to? One can be a Christian and still agree with the separation of church and state. In fact, when faith becomes over-politicized, problems often crop up. Many of the world's problems are caused by religion gone haywire. People kill each other daily because of a dispute over the number of times they should pray, and that's just one example. Faith in God is a great thing, but oftentimes, organized religion steps over the line.

-- Posted by notinia on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 1:52 PM

To answer your other questions:

You may be correct that simply by being on TV, these girls are getting attention. However, I really believe that all the struggles these girls are going through featured on the show speak louder. Almost every show ends with at least one girl in tears because of where her choices led her. In short, I don't agree with Randy's assessment that these girls are what we consider celebrities, and that this is caused by a moral decline in America. Was it better back in the 1950's when pregnant teens were forced to give birth in secret, or sent away to live with relatives? I don't know any teenagers who would trade places with these girls, and it is stated at least once per show that teen pregnancy is 100% preventable, along with a website for info.

Re: Trojan: Isn't doesn't this problem directly oppose the Teen Mom problem? Advertising birth control is not, to me, offensive. Most companies selectively place their ads during programming that attracts their target audiences. If someone is worrying about others watching such ads (one would presume children), they would go a long way to ensure that proper childrens' programming was on TV. I doubt Trojan advertises on the Disney Channel. I realize parents watch their own shows, but whatever happened to talking to your kids if they have questions? (I feel the same way about ads for Cialis, etc. Drug companies are within their rights to advertise on TV, and ED is a legitimate medical issue that lowers quality of life for many men. Kudos to them for finding a solution.)

-- Posted by notinia on Wed, Aug 17, 2011, at 2:02 PM


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