Sunday, December 13, 2015

Commentary by Steven Levy

"HOPE WE FIND GOD AGAIN BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

"APPARENTLY THE WHITE HOUSE REFERRED TO CHRISTMAS TREES AS HOLIDAYTREES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR WHICH PROMPTED CBS PRESENTER,STEVEN LEVY, TO PRESENT THIS PIECE WHICH I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITHYOU. I THINK IT APPLIES JUST AS MUCH TO MANY COUNTRIES AS IT DOES TOAMERICA.

"_THE FOLLOWING WAS WRITTEN BY STEVEN LEVY AND RECITED BY HIM ON CBSSUNDAY MORNING COMMENTARY._

"My confession:

"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 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. 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. Steven 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."

4 comments:

kkdither said...

I believe that believing in God doesn't make a person, or a nation, good. Fear is not a good motivator for managing behavior, either through physical punishment or the promise of eternal damnation. Not everyone believes the same things, and by putting any religion into schools, where our melting pot should exist, only serves to separate us further. We should be teaching compassion, self-confidence, loving our fellow man, and the joy it brings to help those in need. I know many EVIL people who profess to be very religious.

Beejay said...

kk, I agree with you. I don't care if it's called a Holiday Tree, a Christmas Tree or just a TREE. No one has said you can't say "Merry Christmas." Yep, no one. People at Walmart say it to me...people at the doctor's office say it. People at restaurants say it. Me, I may say "Merry Christmas," or, I may say "Happy Holidays!" It's my call.

Please find a real argument...never have I seen so many "Christian " people spout such bigoted, hateful slurs at their fellow man. Don't preach your Christianity at me. Show it to me through actions. Donate food to the food bank or homeless shelter. Give that poor guy a buck or two. Do something positive to help your fellow man.

OKIE said...

Well said KK and Beejay

Tricky Dicky said...

The Solstice is the reason for the season -

Zeitgeist - On Religion