Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Spiritual - Ben Stein Commentary

I had this saved for a post for quite a while.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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.

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.  

My Best Regards,   Honestly and respectfully,

Ben  S

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