My Rule for Life

I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is.

Monday, March 9, 2009

As if we Didn't Know

Just to cite my source up front. This comes from the Monday, March 9,2009 USA Today, Key West, Florida addition. My comments come from somewhere in the belief that there is a God and God will prevail over all. It is not up to me to understand His Plan but, merely to believe. I have only a layman's knowledge and in no way am a Biblical Scholar. Point: Please don't try to nickle-dime me to death of a small point.

USA Today, Cover Story:

Most religions are losing ground. Gee, those of us with some kind of brain and belief could have told you that! There in lies the sad part of this entire newspaper article. It appears all major religions are losing ground in this country. The 3rd largest number of polled persons stated "none" as their religion. Numbers are fine but like the mathematician said, Numbers can lie. I don't believe these numbers lie. They are what they are. In my opinion, sad.

After reading this lengthy article what struck me was a comment by a couple who reportedly "left behind their childhood religion". They had no religious ceremony at their wedding and failed to have their child baptized. Here is what is disturbing to me. The wife said,"we discussed Baptism, but we would only have done it for his mother and my father, so we decided no,". That's fine if you don't want to do it just to please another. I would almost call that commendable. But,


Morons! How about giving the child a fighting chance! I call it preparing for the future. Kind of like being a Boy Scout. Be Prepared. You may choose to live your life without God in it but, as this young child gets older at least give him a chance! Like your parents gave you the opportunity to make a choice, no matter how wrong. You made your choice.

Sad part number 2 on this is I work with so many young people that have no belief, no concept, or no understanding of what religion is all about. Regardless of the religion, they just don't care. It's ok if they live together, it's ok if children are born out of wedlock, it's ok if they cheat on a test. As long as it doesn't affect them. They say it's none of my business. Being a couple generations older than some of the people I work with I try to explain the concept. I fear more often than not it falls on deaf ears.

I will say one thing for me personally. My parents raised me in the church. I wandered away for several years and then came back. My wife and I gave our children a chance to decide. Does that make us good parents. I don't know, but we gave them a chance.


Most Rev. Gregori said...

That is the IMPORTANT thing, you gave your children a CHANCE. In my book, that makes you a good parent.

Once again, you can thank the public school system for the numbers you cite who claim no religion. But also, the parents are to blame too, for allowing the public schools to get away with corrupting the morals of their children.

Now I fear it is too late to turn things around.

ABNPOPPA said...


As a an a retired investigator with the Dept. of Jobs and Family Service I have discovered we just cannot save every child. We must keep trying. I have told my children our biggest mistake as parents was to send them to public schools. I believe it must have had some affect as my daughter home schools her children.

Thanks for stopping by.


Adrienne said...

I bet you were a super-duper father. Let's put it this way - if I was your kid I wouldn't want you mad at me or even worse, disappointed in me. And that's a good thing!

Stephen Adkins said...

Adrienne, Garry is an awesome guy. I worked with him for Job and Family Services and knows how he deals with issues. Him as a father would be cool I think as well. I catch my self calling him pops sometime over the phone :).

Anyways, just want to drop a line :).

ABNPOPPA said...


Nice picture. Thanks for becoming a follower. Should be home about next Wednesday. Then maybe some coffee or pizza.


MightyMom said...

just remember....that kid still has and will always have a choice. Many folks born outside the church have found their way in later in life.

Elizabeth said...

I'm confused about what being baptized has to do with being given "a chance."

AirmanMom said...

pops..I feel giving your children something bigger than themselves to believe in, makes them stronger. God is the answer, He will take care of us and the future generations!

ABNPOPPA said...

Elizabeth, weren't you raised in the church. I really think you can answer your own question.

Also, when are you going to get one of these monikers?

I agree with you AM, I just beleive baptisim is part of the chance.


Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.

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