“I had no idea how critical religion is to the functioning of Democracy. The reason why Democracy works is not because the government was designed to oversea what everybody does; but rather, Democracy works because most people, most of the time, voluntarily choose to obey the law. Americans follow the rules because they have come to believe that they weren’t just accountable to society…they were accountable to God.” ~ Chinese Marxist Economist to Clayton Christenson, Harvard Business Professor
On this last Sunday in 2014 I’m grateful for so many blessings God has granted me. He has given me a wonderful family. He has provided us with a home we love in a town we love, and friends and neighbors we know we can count on. And I began 2014 with two serious health issues that I will start 2015 completely healed from…God is great!
Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend!
God is Great!
Please allow me to be more specific on this last Sunday of 2014. The God of Abraham is great! Some of you may be too young to know that not so many years ago we didn’t have to be so specific…but we seemed to have tried unsuccessfully to do with God what we managed to do with soda over the years. “Whatever gets you through the night” they said, “was alright.” But has it gotten us through the night? Are we a better people today…happier… healthier?
I would argue that we are not…by a long shot. I would say that a once Judeo-Christian society that drew from the well-spring of the one God, slowly became a society of multi-cultural feel-good narcissists who learned to shop for the pagan god that fit their wants from the designer racks of Dawn Eagle Woman, Sister Moon Beam and Ann B’s Church of the Super-Fun-Rock-Band…none of whom seem to have a problem with over 50 million murdered babies, the normalization of sodomy, Islamic fascism, Marxism or Satan worship! Because (all together now) whatever gets us through the night!
I realize I am taking a very unpopular position here…which is exactly how I know that it is the right position. When is the last time you heard of a child being expelled for professing any pagan belief? When have you heard of any celebrity or other national figure rejected as a commencement speaker because of their atheism or cultism? But you can read almost daily now of the rejections and expulsions for the simple expression of Christian faith! And we are the lucky ones…for now. In the Middle East and Africa, Christians are being slaughtered while their churches are burned. And there is smoke in Europe! How soon before these flames reach our shores?
I have seen families go the Sister Moon Beam route. The parents are medicated and their children are stealing…from them! Of course there are exceptions and examples of good people who raise good kids and lead productive lives outside of the Church. But they cannot carry a society that is rotting beneath them. In fact they are beneficiaries of the Judeo-Christian society that was left to us and now suffers our neglect and distractions…while churches that comply with the State are allowed to continue their monitored sermons as the others are converted to gyms and yoga spas. Sound familiar?
I’m not sure what to expect in 2015 to be perfectly honest with you. I know the trend lines are not good. I know who I am and what I believe. I’m thankful for what I have, and prepared for whatever 2015 brings. I only wish that more of us knew what Professor Christenson knows. I wish more of our kids had Professor Christensons to teach them! He sums it up quite nicely here in one minute and thirty-eight seconds!
Keep the Faith. Most importantly, keep the RIGHT faith. Everything else is a feel-good fairy tale!
Note– Thanks to Russell B for introducing me to Professor Christenson!