The following is an excerpt from a commentary written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary, Sunday, December 18, 2005.
I am a Jew and every 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 as fine with me as is a 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 Nick and Jessica and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too.
Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something happen like this?” (regarding 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 Murry O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) 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 OK.
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.”
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This is so true.
EXACTLY! All of that and more! The Book of Revelation speaks of the hardness of men’s hearts. Let’s pray that He will continue to protect and keep us. God Bless You. And thanks for your support!
Insightful post. thank you for sharing. I especially like what Anne Graham said about God being a gentleman. How true, because he only dwells where he is welcome, which should be a reminder to us to welcome him into every area of our lives.
Thanks for liking my post on breaking the bondage of sin. I think you’d also like to read one of my other posts on sowing and reaping, http://learningthewayofwisdom.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/the-story-of-your-life-the-power-of-sowing-and-reaping/
God bless you as you serve Him!
We always do. Some people have other names for it (karma, the law of the land, etc) but it all points back to scripture which is God’s truth. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂
This is really a great article! Thank you so much for posting it!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
i completely agree…
Amen and amen. Profound. VW
Wise words by a wise man ! V
Excellent Word about God being a gentleman. With the famine that is sweeping America where the Word is concerned, we need folk who are bold and brave enough to tell the TRUTH when asked the question.
This is an amazing post. I have marked it as one of my favorites. Thank you so much for writing it. May God bless you!
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Amen . . . thank you for stopping by my blog, and thank you for sharing your heart here. May God richly bless you, dear one.
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God bless you and may the Lord keep you. Thank you for reading and following my blog! Give God glory each day…
Truly I agree that God is a gentleman, and in realms where a nation makes it clear that He is unwelcome, in that particular sense, He will withdraw. Thank God that He will always love us and seek to draw us to Himself. He is a faithful God.
Thank you so much for your support!
Thank you for following God shots pot. God bless you.
I have enjoyed visiting your blog and thank you for visiting mine!
Ben Stein is a wonderfully insightful intelligent and spirited national treasure in what he gives us still to this very day… 😉
Hi, Just wanted to thank you for reading my blogs. I am encouraged. Angela
You are deep. Let God keep using you brother. And thanks for liking my posts as well. I can’t wait to start getting comments on my post just like you. This post got my spirit roaring- if that makes sense. 🙂 God bless
Great article. I love your boldness and honesty. People need to hear the truth. Our country, our schools, our communities need to put God first and walk in love, doctrine, reproof, and correction. If everyone would realize that different denominations are walls that divide us and that we are all Gods children, we all make up the body of Christ, we can accomplish so much. Pray for unity among all Christians and that we stand against everything and everyone who is against God’s word.
It is time for us to bring the Bible, Biblical, Christian and Scriptural Principles back in the school.Train up a child in the way he or she should go,then he and she, shall not part there from.
Thanks for sharing! My visit was to say “Thank you!” for liking a recent post but I was blessed in return. What a treat and blessing it was that you found us and we in turn found you.
Thanks you’s can’t be said too often especially when they’re true so lastly, Thank you!
Amen!! Powerful and true! We can’t keep pushing God away and then wanting Him to help when we need Him. Intimacy with God is the Key… each and every day. Many blessings to you!!
Sowing and reaping is no game. It always works.