Friday, February 1, 2013

Why We Need God

 
  I hate to admit it, but I'm a bit of a news junky. When I first get up in the morning the TV is on and I rotate from Fox to CNN to ABC. Of course almost none of the news is good. Who would watch it if there wasn't something titillating on? For some reason we seem to gravitate to bad news. I don't know why. There is either a freak snowstorm or ice fog or a tornado somewhere in the country. The weather is either too hot or cold or wet or dry or blowy and if none of that is happening in this country, then lets check out the rest of the world. China has smog so bad it's off the charts in one city. If  it's not the weather its a tragedy somewhere- another shooting or a twenty car pile up on a freeway. If that's not what gets you upset there is all the reporting on the debt and deficit and health care law with it's thirteen thousand plus regulations that are going to totally change the way we receive health care. The list is almost endless and I could and sometimes do end up spending most of my day frustrated and angry or discouraged. The world is going to hell on a hand cart and I'm stuck to the bottom of the wheel like a wad of discarded chewing gum. It's really easy for me to despair if I surround myself with all the news of every day events. There are no two ways about it, these are troubling times and regardless of what some politicians may try to say, another law or regulation isn't going to solve the problem. We have laws on the books that most lawyers don't know about I would venture to say.  Laws don't solve most problems, in many cases they just create new ones. My personal feeling is that Jesus hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Treat people the way you want to be treated. If we all followed that simple guideline, what a wonderful world it would be. There wouldn't be any kidnappings or shootings. We could eradicate lawyers- no one would be suing anyone. Labor unions would be extinct- workers would give an honest days work and bosses would pay an honest days pay. No one would be trying to cheat anyone else. We could pretty much get rid of the government- think of the money that would save. There would be no need for a military, and the welfare system would be a thing of the past. If we were all looking out for each other, no one would be homeless or hungry. This may sound like a pipe dream, but it doesn't have to be, if we would abide by the golden rule. The first step though is to acknowledge that we need God in our lives. He is the true moral compass that all other rules must hinge on. For some time now this country has asked God to butt out of our lives. We have let a few loud voices speak for the masses and change the direction that this country is destined for. Personally, I don't like the path we're on. From mass shootings, to huge federal deficits, to dishonest leaders to innocent children being kidnapped from a school bus. It's time for America to wake up and ask God back into our lives or our future will be bleak indeed.

3 comments:

  1. It's very true! But, I also look for the good I see on the news, the Internet, and around me, because that still happens too, thanks God! ;)

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  2. Your post is very spot on, Tom. Every couple of weeks, JIm and I go on a "news hiatus", scaling back on the news we watch at night (we don't have the tv on during the day much). When we find ourselves both crabbing about the world, politics, the backasswards WH administration, etc., then we realize we've been watching too many talking heads. Perhaps you could start your day out with some music and just peruse a few on the online news headlines, thereby sparing your blood pressure and and cut back on the chances that your head will explode!

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  3. You're right Autumn. A person has to see the whole picture. However, I can't think of another time in recent history when the country has been so divided over so many issues. The last time (which I wasn't around for) was the civil war. There are so many things that are going on now that I disagree with that I'm having a hard time focusing on the good. I don't want to be a pollyanna and hide my head in the sand and pretend that everything is ok. Too many men and women have died for our freedoms and I feel like we are in danger of losing all that has made America great.

    Hi Jill- that's probably good advice. I still feel like if I'm not kept informed though, that human nature being what it is, the good folks who are supposed to be representing us will try even more deceptive crap. I heard today that a bill is being considered that would give the government access to our private retirement accounts. They want to manage them for us so that we aren't ripped off by unscrupulous money managers. That 19 trillion dollars in private IRA's and 401K's could buy a lot of political favor. I know that nothing is going to happen that God doesn't already know about, but I feel like I need to do my part to sound the alarm too. Thanks for writing.

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