About half of Americans believe that an ongoing trend of people turning their backs on religion is bad for the country according to a recent Pew poll. Americans have the right to live as they please, as long as they are not interfering with the rights of other Americans to do the same. Choosing to live a Godly life is what the Bible refers to as one’s second (spiritual) birth; this new life will be demonstrated by one’s love and concern for others.
Our nation is on a downward trend morally among children and young people with the reason being their parents and grandparents are following God’s laws less. Our system of democracy cannot survive with ignorant and uncaring citizens who can easily be manipulated by “slick” politicians. People can generally find a way to do what they want to do, and they can find a hundred excuses for what they do not want to do.
The founders of our nation never intended to exclude God-of-the-Bible from the classroom and government because they knew that society needed a firm and proven foundation upon which to base its system of values. The fact that the United States went from the least to most esteemed nation in the world proves that they were right. Why would anyone want to change a proven plan? We are doing away with some of the very things, such as Biblical principles, that have made America the greatest nation in the world.
We were created to have a personal relationship with the God of the Bible, not worldly “gods.” Each person must choose and live with the consequences. When everyone does that which is right in his or her own eyes, who is right and who is wrong when there is disagreement? When people follow God’s truth, there is no limit to the blessings that they may receive, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.