That’s what Christians do now…

Yesterday morning our church service was about the citizen’s duty to vote. This poem was read during the sermon and I found it very applicable.

You? What will you do tomorrow? Will you vote? Will you make your vote count? Or will you be one of  the many who will sit on the sidelines and criticize everything that goes on in government.

 

In 1973 the Supreme Court said it was OK to kill unborn babies. Since then, we have killed more than the entire population of Canada. And it continues. A woman’s choice? It is called abortion.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

First it was in dingy, dirty theatres. Then, convenience stores. Then, grocery stores. Then on television. Now its in the homes of millions via the Internet. It is called pornography.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

They called it no-fault. Why should we blame anyone when something so tragic happens? Haven’t they already suffered enough? Half of the marriages of America end this way. The children suffered. The family broke down. It is called divorce.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

At one time it was a perversion. We kept it secret. We secured help and hope for those who practiced it. Now it is praised. We have parades celebrating it, and elected officials give it their blessing. Now it is endorsed with special privileges and protected by special laws. Even some Christian leaders and denominations praise it. It is called homosexuality.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

It used to be an embarrassment. A shame. Now a third of all births are to mothers who aren’t married. Two thirds of all African-American children are born into a home without a father. The state usually pays the tab. That is why we pay our taxes, so that government can take the place of parents. After all, government bureaucrats know much better how to raise children then parents do. It is called illegitimacy.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

At one time it was wrong. But then the state decided to legalize it, promote it and tax it. It has ripped apart families and destroyed lives. But just look at all the money the state has raised. No longer do we have to teach our children to study and work hard. Now we teach them they can get something for nothing. We spend millions encouraging people to join the fun and excitement. Just look at the big sums people are winning. They will never have to work again! It is called gambling.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

Not long ago, Christians were the good guys. But now any positive image of Christians in movies or TV is gone. We are now depicted as the bad guys–greedy, narrow-minded hypocrites. The teacher can’t have a Bible on her desk, but can have Playboy. We don’t have Christmas and Easter holidays–just winter and spring break. We can’t pray in school, but can use foul language. It’s called being tolerant.

Me? I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home. That’s what Christians do now.

Yes, all these things came to pass within 30 years. Where were the Christians? Why, they were in church. All these things are for someone else to deal with. Times have changed. Involvement had been replaced with apathy.

But don’t blame me.

I didn’t do anything. I go to church, the minister preaches, I go home.

That’s what Christians do now.

I realize this piece of writing singles out African-Americans in no way do I condemn African-Americans or am I racist against them. To be quite honest, my ex-bf was African-American and I love his mom and still communicate with her. Please do not think I’m racist.

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6 thoughts on “That’s what Christians do now…

  1. Hey. I’ve been snooping around on your blog a bit, and thought I would let you know rather than just becoming another number on your bar graph. I’ve enjoyed everything so far, from your story of breaking free of restraints and becoming a Best Buy associate stalker, to this post. I liked your Best Buy story because it reminds me of myself when I was eighteen going into the local “Price Cutter” almost every day to see this girl that I liked. I always intended to ask her out, but ended up shying away and randomly buying bottles of bleach or boxes of pencil erasers instead. She finally caught on and, lucky for me, asked me out :^)
    This post, however, is beyond good. It’s poetic and challenging and yet self-possessed. I could go on for a while about my many thoughts on the subject of complacency within Christian organizations, but I’ll not find a stopping point once I begin, thus I won’t.
    Thanks for your thoughts, and thanks even more for being a reflective person as well as a non-provincial moralist.

  2. Melanie, such is the spirit of the age. Moral ambiguity has somehow become synonymous with liberty in the minds of most Americans. How far we have strayed from our origins.

    Where there is no truth, no justice, and no morality there can be no true freedom, only social degradation, anarchy and oppression.

    Regarding Sara’s comment, I couldn’t agree with Seth more. Nowhere in any of our national documents is included the concept of separation of church and state, merely that the state cannot dictate the religion or sect of it’s people. This does not mean we can be free to be an amoral society, only that the government can’t say whether we have to be Catholic, or Baptist, or Anglican, or Buddhist.

    That said, it has long been considered an incontrovertible fact that America is a nation of Christian mores; the foundation of our national character the concept that we are accountable first to God, and the Ten Commandments are the building blocks of our laws.

    Regarding education, perhaps if parents were able to have an active role in their children’s lives rather than working two jobs a piece just to pay the bills because they are paying nearly 1/3 of their income into taxes, etc. (an astounding fact that would have the Founding Father’s rolling over in their graves) then we would have a better educated society. Since when has it been the job of the government to educate and raise our children? Of yeah, since the Nazi’s figured out how cool it is to be able to brainwash their youth… it truly distresses me to see parents made strangers to their own children. Life lessons and social skills are learned from equally ignorant and ill-adjusted peers, and educators are over-worked, underpaid, and expected to be alone both teacher and nanny, father and mother to an overwhelming tide of illegitimate children. Sounds like a system that we can salvage? Don’t think so.

  3. Pingback: That’s in the First Amendment? « The past to the present

  4. @playerpianosara

    With all due respect, you are completely wrong on your evaluation of Christine O’Donnell and what happened with the First Amendment allegations. You are probably wrong on this because you were actually misinformed from a news organization other than Fox News, which was practically the only one that actually did report the truth on the matter, as it has now been proven.

    I think the media has demonized and scrutinized her incessantly. They have been twisting words in ways to make her look like she is stupid. For example, you may have heard something about her not knowing what’s in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. Take a look at this:

    “There was a debate between Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons, and the way the media… I read this this morning, and I knew — I just knew but I didn’t have time to get into the details at the time, but I knew — with what I had read that it could not be this way. There was a story that was written in such a way as to make the reader believe that Christine O’Donnell did not know that the First Amendment prohibited the government from establishing a religion. The story was written in such a way they had Christine O’Donnell saying, “You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?” What she was talking about was this idiot Coons talking about “the separation of church and state.” She was saying, “Are you telling me separation of church and state’s in the Constitution?” because it isn’t.

    There’s nothing in the Constitution about separation of which you need and state. It was Coons who couldn’t figure out what’s in the Constitution. It’s Coons who didn’t know what he was talking about. And so the panic in the State-Controlled Media, they write a story making it look like O’Donnell doesn’t know what she’s talking about. They had to misquote her and take her out of context in order to make this point. “Are you telling me that that’s in the First Amendment?” meaning, the government cannot officially sponsor a religion. That’s not what she was expressing incredulity over. She was incredulous that somebody was saying that the Constitution said, “There must be separation between church and state.” Those words are not in the Constitution.”

    This is what the First Amendment says, as it seems that you also believe that those words are found in it, which in fact, they are not.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Christine O’Donnell was correct on all accounts in relation to that part of the debate, and it was in fact Coons who was very wrong, by thinking that it was actually found in the Constitution, which it clearly is not.

  5. I have a lot of thoughts on this post. Although I disagree with almost everything it says in terms of political and religious views, I think the essence of the message is very important and something that should be said.

    In my opinion the biggest problem in our country right now is education. Americans are infamous throughout the world for being generally uneducated and voting based on anger and misinformation rather than rational, informed thoughts. It shouldn’t be like this. People should be active in their communities or causes they care about whether or not it’s election season.

    Instead, election season is more like a dramatic reality show with “news” organizations like Fox News telling people stories in such a way as to make them scared and angry. If people were actually involved in these issues and gathering news from a variety of sources and different opinions, our political landscape would be much different. For example, if people were more educated and well informed, there would be no room in our political system for people like Christine O Donnell, who honestly didn’t know the first amendment contained “separation of church and state.” That was absolutely shocking.

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