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.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Little Wisdom From a Jewish Fellow

This was received by me this morning when I opened my email.  It's better than any pre "Holiday Season" post I could ever hope to read or write.  Perhaps you may want to copy and paste or  pass it on or just email by blog address to about a million  of your closest friends.  Maybe, just maybe we can start getting the RIGHT message out about the "Holiday Season"

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single 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 just as fine with me as is the 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 celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  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.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane 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 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. 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 o f us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully,

Ben S



Adrienne said...

Pops - you need to change the color of the print to white (it's blue now) because it's almost unreadable. Thanks

Subvet said...

Good post Pops. Adrienne is right, I had to highlight it in order to read it.

But having done that, it was well worth the read. Thanks.

ABNPOPPA said...

Ask, and ye shall receive!


Adrienne said...

Pops - you're the best!!

Sub - "Adrienne is right"

Adrienne is always right - just ask Mr. Adrienne. heh

Most Rev. Gregori said...

Ben Stein is 100% correct. America has lost her way and is now groping around like a blind man in the wilderness. Only God and help us now.

Pops, may you and yours have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

Z said...

Hi, ABNPOPPA! Holy SMOKE, your post here, STein's letter, is so close to my Sunday Faith Blog yesterday! I hope you have a chance to read it and chime in. THis is excellent...I think I"ll link to you in my comments, if anybody checks in there again..........
If ONLY we thought more what God thinks of us...what a great way to put that concept of how America's sliding after having tried so hard to rid our country of the Lord!
THanks for this..xx

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ABNPOPPA said...

Well, Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments. I must email Ben, his friends call him Ben, opps, I will email Mr. Stein and pass on your comments.

Z, am cooking sloppy Joes for the grandkids for lunch tomorrow and will check out your blog in between cooking.

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MightyMom said...

amen brother!

Jeff-for-progress said...


Hope you and yours enjoyed a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

take care.


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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