Friday, June 16, 2017

Problems We Face in America


The first problem is the loss of civility. No longer do we see courteous behavior toward those with whom we disagree or a sense of politeness in the manner in which we disagree.  Today's hateful rhetoric is charged with suggestions of killing, eliminating people with whom we don't agree. Politicians like Bernie Sanders are on record as saying that Christians have no right to serve in government because their belief system is hateful. Just yesterday, a political strategist from New Jersey said all Republican should be eliminated. Hollywood is another problem because they are so out of touch with the rest of America. Hillary spoke of the "Deplorables", Hollywood calls them "Riff Raff," worthless people, trash.  It's time we learn to treat other people with respect and learn to disagree with each other in civility.



The Apostle Paul encourage the believers at Colossi to "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." [Colossians 4:6] To the Ephesian church he wrote " Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." [4:32, 32] With the great push toward relativism and the growing influence of atheism the Judeo-Christian values are being set aside and as you look at society you can seethe result.

The second problem we face is the loss of our freedom of speech and with this our freedom of religion. Political correctness controls and eliminates any disagreement with the "party line." Political correctness has led to censorship by people who disagree with another's point of view. Christians cannot speak up on what the believe because it is considered hate speech and are punished because they disagree with the party line. Again does the fact I disagree with some one's point of view mean I am being hateful? Let me ask the question another way. They fact that they disagree with me isn't that being hateful? You see, its only hateful when you disagree with them. Why is it that some people can speak out and others aren't allowed to speak? The answer is censorship. Take a few minutes and look around you and see what people are saying about other's point of view. Listen to the people whose point of view you agree with and ask yourself how would you feel if they were talking about you.


Unless their is a real revival in America, the hateful rhetoric will continue and freedom speech will be gone. Speak out against hateful rhetoric and stand up for a person's right to voice his/her opinions. This only a superficial solution. The real solution will come when hearts are change as a result of a real returning to God. Jesus said  "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings out good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings out evil things." [Matthew 12:35] When a person trusts in Jesus as His personal Savior, the heart is transformed and it will reflect that transformation. Jesus also said, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." [Mark 23:30, 31] One definition of love is to treat another person the way you would want them to treat you.


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PS This not meant to be supportive of only Republicans but the two prime examples used are about incidents that happened this week. 
 

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