I can only hope we find God again before it is too late!!
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
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 Nativity Scene, 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 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 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.’
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 of 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,
3 thoughts on “From Ben Stein – Worth Reading For Sure”
Hi Laura, Tim’s wifey here. He’ll be happy to know that i’m done hacking into his Facebook page and back to hacking into his Xanga. lol.The first half of this text was written by columnist Ben Stein and delivered by him on the CBS Sunday Morning program on December 18, 2005. http://www.benstein.com/121805xmas.html on Stein’s website. I remember him delivering this commentary. In the email, specific names were deleted and “celebrities” was added. Mr. Stein has some great “Stuff Ben Wrote”. If you have the time, they are very witty, insightful and entertaining.The rest is a mishmash of added statements by the author.The ending about the interview by Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz with Jane Clayson of the CBS Early Show. I remember seeing this interview on TV. But, this was a paraphrase of what Anne Graham Lotz spoke, and she was not talking about Hurricane Katrina, her response was about the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Here is the transcript from the actual interview: http://www.annegrahamlotz.com/files/Early%20Show%209.13.01.pdf. She wrote another piece 5 years after 9/11 entitled “A Morning to Remember” in Today’s Christian in the 2006 Sept/Oct. issue. http://www.christianitytoday.com/tc/2006/005/4.26.htmlAnne Graham Lotz is a marvelous writer and blessed with a gift of ministering to countless people, like myself. The words the Lord uses through her have brought much comfort to me many times. I encourage you to read her writings. Althought, this email was altered, the sentiment remains, we need to focus first on an individual level, and up to a national level, our relationship with God, reigniting a fire for Jesus, and putting our lives and priorities in order according to God’s Word, and not according to worldly pleasures or personal monetary gain.
@darkstar218 – Hey, Jenny! Thanks so much for the added info — I will definitely read (and enjoy) the extra (and more accurate) info you’ve provided. As you said, the sentiment is inspiring, if somewhat altered from the original. It has been running through my mind (and heart) for several days that the nation will see no change until individual hearts change. I know I have a lot of work to do myself in that regard (as I have been struggling with impatience, frustration, irritation, etc.,etc., etc.)
Great and timely post, Laura. Also will be reading the materials of the comment above.