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Just recently the apparently intentional downing of a Germanwings airliner by the co-pilot may have some of us concerned about what is about to happen next and how to avoid it.

On the horizon there is a chilling jihadist group that is butchering its way across Iraq and Syria. Civilians are being killed in massive numbers in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Others are falling prey to Ebola in West Africa.

Americans are watching as Iran pursues a deal that could allow them to keep its uranium stockpiles and continue to enrich uranium in an underground bunker. Advancing the technology could let Iran produce material that could be used to arm a nuclear weapon much more quickly than at present.

Nearly one in five Americans admits to taking some sort of drug every day to help relax — most of them in states that rate low on the income and happiness scales. Among the millennial generation who want to improve the world, suicide is the third-leading cause of death.

We are experiencing the worst economy in 80 years. American manufacturing jobs were being exported to developing countries long before the financial crash of September 2008. Almost seven years later, millions of Americans continue to suffer. The number of Americans who were poor enough to qualify for food stamps was just over 17 million in 2000; in 2013, it was 47 million.

There is a dysfunctional healthcare system that has gone from bad to worse. To make matters worse, the America of the past, when a blue-collar male could have a mortgage and support a wife and two kids is no longer a reality. Most people are likely to be in low-paying service jobs that don’t offer any benefits whatsoever.

And the U.S. has been in a constant state of war recently. There is Iraq, Afghanistan and now some are even calling for an all-out invasion of Iran and have urged the Obama administration to attack Syria.

These are all problems we cannot avoid in everyday life. We can try to avoid them, ignore them, or even forget them, but that will not resolve them.

Here is some history to reflect on.

The Warren Supreme Court in 1963 banned School Prayer, and Bible reading in our public schools.  These are the men who voted in favor of the banning: Byron R. White, William J. Brennan, Potter Stewart, Arthur J. Goldberg, Tom C. Clark, Hugo L. Black, Earl Warren, William O. Douglas, and John M. Harian. Justice Potter Stewart, was the one dissenting vote. He blasted the ruling saying, “It led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.”

Secularization  (sec’u*lar*i*za’tion), n.  1. the social or political process of rejecting all forms of religious faith.  2. the elimination of any religious elements within public education and other civic institutions.

True neutrality would not favor one religion over another, but the court’s ruling favored atheism over all the religions of the world that believe in God. Atheism has been declared a religion by the U.S. Supreme Court, so the Court did not act neutrality, but instead favored one religion over another. If the Court had really been true to its intention of neutrality; it would have been impartial to the students, by neither forcing non-believers to pray, nor prohibiting believers from prayer. The court’s actions were not neutral.

After the June 17, 1963 ruling the Wall Street Journal commented that atheism was now “the one belief to which the state’s power will extend its protection.”

 

Moses, as leader of Israel, received the Ten Commandments from God, along with other laws governing Israel’s life and worship. He also led the nation in the building of the tabernacle, a place where God’s presence dwelled among his people and where they made sacrifices for sin. Moses was told by God to lead the people of Israel through the desert to the promise land. What would he have tried to determine was needed to accomplish God’s command had he thought about it?

According to the U. S. Army’s Quartermaster General, Moses needed 1500 tons of food a day, filling two freight trains, each a mile long. Just for cooking this took 4000 tons of firewood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long and this is only for one day. They were on their journey for forty years. Then there is the need for water. If they only had enough water to drink it took 11,000,000 gallons EACH DAY–enough to fill a train of tanker cars 1800 miles long.

When they crossed the red sea in one night, if they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and require 35 days and nights to complete the crossing. So to cross over in one night there had to be a space in the Red Sea three miles wide so that they could walk 5,000 abreast. Consider that every time they camped at the end of the day, a camp around the size of Rhode Island was required, or 750 square miles.

Those six year old children in the 1963 prayer and bible reading abandonment, included me. The effects of that legislation impacted a young population attending schools throughout the sixties and seventies. If they became a parent, their child was likely of the millennial generation. Therefore they were the first generation of parents who were without school prayer and Bible reading.

I believe the problems we are having as a nation are influenced by the exclusion of the God who created us in this country. It’s worth mentioning that on January 22, 1973 the United States approved abortions and has to date allowed the murder of over 50 million citizens in the wombs of their mothers.

Do you think that Moses sat down and was concerned about what is happening next and how to avoid what God told him to do before he set out from Egypt? It is doubtful. He had faith that God would take care of everything. He included God in everything. We share the same God of Moses. God says, in the bible, this.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

It is not necessary for a Christian to be concerned about what is happening next and how to avoid it.

Matthew 6:25–32 (ESV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them

Jesus Christ will provide you with tender care no matter what you may be facing. If you want to know more contact me at jim@myrtlebeachsc.com and I will be happy to help.

I leave you with this.

Forget & Remember

  • Forget each kindness that you do as soon as you have done it.
  • Forget the praise that falls to you the moment you have won it.
  • Forget the slander that you hear before you can repeat it.
  • Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer, whenever you may meet.
  • Remember every promise made and keep it to the letter.
  • Remember those who lend you aid and be a grateful debtor.
  • Remember all the happiness that comes your way in living.
  • Forget each worry and distress; be hopeful and forgiving.
  • Remember good, remember truth,
  • Remember heaven is above you.

And you will find, through age and youth, that many will love you.

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