was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on
CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!!
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 crèche, 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
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us
than what God thinks of us.
If you do not think it has merit, 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,