Wednesday, 24 November 2010

of Holiday Trees and Ben Stein

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I received the following e-mail recently. I cannot attest to its authenticity, but it is supposedly attributed to Ben Stein. At any rate, it does make one think.

Merry Christmas, and God bless.

Now here's the e-mail:

Bearing  in mind that for the first time ever - the Christmas tree in the  White House will be called a "Holiday Tree"  this year - makes one want to cry! This is really  worth reading; it gives one food for thought! We can only hope that we  find GOD again before it is too late!
The following was written by Ben Stein and  recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
My  confession:
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 creche, 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
bearing  in mind that for the first time ever - the Christmas tree in the  White House will be called a "Holiday Tree"  this year - makes one want to cry "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 OK.

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? 

1 comment:

  1. No... I'm not laughing!

    Regardless where it came from, the message is true. George Michael sang "He can't come back, because he has to children to come back for...".

    I hope they are all wrong, I hope that God has not abandoned us as it seems, but I couldn't blame him if he did.

    -- 3rd Rook