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If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.

If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.

If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.

If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Personal Spending & Time Values!

Why do so many innocently spend our hard earned money going to the movies supporting motion picture stars, producers, directors, and others who support various political and social values which contradict with our own cultures as Judeo-Christian values? Why do we pay to finance those who openly fund opposition to our values?

Over the years, I have questioned why so many of us will smoke cigarettes, now that we know the habit is injuring and/or killing most of us. After smoking for some 38 years, I gave up this habit following my first heart attack. Every time I see someone carrying a personal oxygen tank, I want to ask…. “How long did you smoke”?

Why do we spend our hard-earned money on beer, wine, liquor, and/or other alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs rather than on many other necessities? While most say these beverages and/or drugs relax them, many end up with a worse “hangover”, often to time at work and/or valuable time with family and friends. What is even worse is when we destroy our own family over the evils of alcohol and/or illegal drugs, or by drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs; we kill other innocent members of out society. When will we all learn?

The answers to these and other similar questions are because we never think about it “that way”, we are all sinners, and are weak in today’s’ society. We must reach out for God, His Grace, His Forgiveness, His Wisdom; and follow Him. He is open to welcome any and all!

In America, we are currently at war fighting radical left-wing activists over social and family values. As for me, one of the biggest losses was presented to us in 1963, when the “then” US Supreme Court removed public Prayer from our public schools. It was after the 1963 ruling to remove the Prayer from public schools, that illegal drugs, guns, and other items entered the schools starting the devaluation of existence; even life. Several additional Supreme Court rulings have devalued the life, which I grew up in and was taught. Today’s’ Judeo-Christian values are the same values and are just as critical to life of yesterday, today, and tomorrow I have tried to pass those values along to my son, my grandchildren, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who was willing to listen.

Many of us have failed to get involved in the political process to make sure our elected and/or appointed officials will uphold the Judeo-Christian values on which our US Constitution was founded upon. We “don’t have the time” or we “don’t take the time” to be a part of the political process. We don’t want to rock the boat. Most of us keep quiet and hope for the best. As members on the “team” of American Judeo-Christian values, we must ask questions, seek out honest answers and values, and act accordingly. When you and I fail to focus on these questions, we are merely allowing the opposite opinion to win without address.

Here is an e-mail from a friend of more than thirty (30) years, Rev. Floyd J. Wood, Cooleemee, NC sent me, which may help in summarizing our mind on this matter. Thank you, Rev. Wood, for your contribution on this article and for your life’s unselfish giving to mankind on God’s Word.

ISN'T IT STRANGE?Isn't it strange how a 20-dollar bill seems like such a large amount whenyou donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church, and howshort they seem when you're watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange that you can't find a word to say when you're praying, butyou have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn't it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of theBible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games,but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

Isn't it strange how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeksbefore the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it forother events in the last minute?

Isn't it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share itwith others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeatgossip?

Isn't it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspaperssay, but we question the words in the Bible?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven, but they don't wantto believe, do, or say anything to get there?

Isn't it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded rightaway, but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about ittwice before we share it with others?

IT'S STRANGE ISN'T IT?-- Author Unknown

1 comment:

Your Kennedy said...

I agree completely with almost every thing you've stated.
why do people spend ridiculous amounts of money on people and things they don't support. movies, drugs, alcohol, cigs, ect.
there are a few logical reasons why some do this (and i fall into the trap myself). first one being 'entertainment'. people are so desensitized by media and life in general that they feel the need to just feel anything at all. this can explain booze. yes it gives you a horrible hang over, and you swear to yourself that you will never drink again. but the moments in which you feel powerful, even envigorated by this 'happy juice', causes you to have feeling you don't have when you are in your normal state. it allows you to release, to express yourself...what is funny is that if you're sober and listening to a drunks epiphany, it sounds like nonsense, like jargin...slurring words and miscommunicating. though to them it is brilliant.
entertainment such as movies has a similiar effect. people want society wants something/someone to grasp onto, to allow them to feel as though they're not alone. to share emotions, for a thrill and excitement. i think you understand where i'm going with this...
so why can't god do the same for them? why don't they have their faith, their heart in an area which can truely save them, allow them to be free? maybe because cheap entertainment is physical, its easy to come by, it is the norm. and its at your fingertips whenever you want it.