In Dec. 13 IssueRussell County NewsBy Ron Phillips, Columnist
All you can do is shake your head! A dear friend told me a while back that he doesn't watch TV, read the paper and seldom listens to the radio. My first reaction was to think how uninformed he must be, but I have really had a chance to reevaluate his approach and I think he just might be on to something? The absolute craziness that goes on every day can certainly cause one to not want to get involved.
This week focus has been given to Washington State where the Governor has allowed an atheist group to place a highly controversial sign in the capitol building next to a nativity scene.
Also in Washington, we find cheerleaders taking nude pictures of themselves and e-mailing them to friends. Their school suspends them from the cheerleading squad and now the school is being sued for violating the girls' due process rights!
Of course, let's not forget the "Big Three" auto manufacturers. It's looking rather certain that the taxpayers are going to be giving them a 15 billion dollar bailout.
Oh and Wednesday we had "Call in Gay Day". This was to bring attention to same-sex marriage and to show how much the country relies on gays and lesbians.
Next, we find Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris was arrested Tuesday morning in Chicago on two counts each of federal corruption charges. Allegations say that Blagojevich was trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder. Good grief!
What's happening? It's really quite clear. We have evolved into a society that has decided to live for the moment. We have allowed the leaders that we elected to stop prayer in our schools because it might offend someone.
We have allowed the courts to remove the "Ten Commandments" from or courthouses even though our laws were based on their very foundation. We have parents that would be willing to discipline their children, if it were not for the fear of being arrested for child abuse.
Then we have big business, being run by CEO's that are literally being paid millions of dollars each year and their companies are failing.
I certainly don't have all the answers and I'm sure I never will, but I do know that placing your faith in God is a great start.
We have an obligation to teach our children the difference between right and wrong and I believe the best place to begin is in church.
My friend who has chosen to ignore what is going on in world is a fine Christian, but I believe that many of us have decided to follow his same path. The events that are happening in the world today should and need to be challenged.
If we set around with blinders on, we may someday find that we will no longer have the right to choose.
May God bless…