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[Jul. 17th, 2002|01:57 pm]
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This is something that I was sent from a work colleague. I personally believe that there is a lot of truth in this.

In light of the many jokes we send along to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:
This joke today is not intended to be a joke, it's not intended to be 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 the attacks on Sept. 11).

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 recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools. 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.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. The school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued (there's a big difference between disciplining, touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking,etc.). And we said OK.

Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents. And we said OK.

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school. And we said OK.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesn't matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

Then someone said let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body. And we said OK.

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then further again by making them available on the Internet. And we said OK, they're entitled to free speech.

Then the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it's just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.


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.

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 sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not 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!

[User Picture]From: crazybee
2002-07-17 06:09 am (UTC)
man thats pretty deep stuff and alot of truth too when you really think about it
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[User Picture]From: nita_01nita
2002-07-17 06:30 am (UTC)
The majority of this is true hun.
It certainly does get you thinking
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[User Picture]From: dottey
2002-07-17 08:17 am (UTC)

I love Snarf! I own http://www.snarfykat.org/ (based on Snarf and my love for Cats) and I have AIM SNs of Snarf2002 and SnarfyKat!

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[User Picture]From: nita_01nita
2002-07-18 12:56 am (UTC)
A fellow snarferer!!
Nice to meet you!
Will obviously have to add you to my friends list!
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[User Picture]From: oblivious
2002-07-17 09:07 am (UTC)
How true.
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[User Picture]From: emsee
2002-07-17 09:40 am (UTC)
Very true.

I think it all boils down to the fact that these days a lot of us seem to trust the opinions of so called 'experts' more than we do our own common sense, where in fact a lot of the experts don't have a clue what they are talking about or are just being overly PC.
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2002-07-17 10:14 am (UTC)
I've seen this before. In fact I believe it still sat in my Unsent Stuff folder until I wiped my hard drive a few months ago, unsent. Cos yes, I don't know how some of the people on my list feel about God and yes I did worry about offending them.

Doesn't mean I don't think it's a wisely worded reflection of our culture that everyone should read.
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[User Picture]From: clicker
2002-07-17 11:26 am (UTC)
I do have a few things to say about this letter... It shows a complete lack of the life of Christ in it.

Since when is God "a gentleman" - that is a totally man made judgement, trying to fit God into the framework of human understanding. God is GOD! He is the one that says, "good" or "evil", it is not for us to judge those things with our outward eye, but for us to seek Christ and to know a thing in spirit. Our country is a mess, but it is a mess because our religions do not seek God, much less our secular institutions! Everyone is out there looking for what God can do for them - telling Him to protect us, to make everything right and "good" by our definition.

Perhaps our country needed to be bombed, I dunno. I know that God allowed it and that He does nothing without His plan and that His plans are perfect. I have seen and felt the waves of spirit come out of that act and flow across the country. I have not seen our public officials seek the mind of God, nor our "church" officials. Our country is grevious to me in spirit, but not for the worldly, outward reasons given by that letter.

God is not a God of "good works", but the living God that demands faith and submission and that has the power to work in us. All that letter speaks of is outward things - we do this, we do that... screw it. Where is the mind of Christ? why doesn't she speak of searching out the desires of God in this world? We can only know Him through His revelation, deep in our hearts... reading the bible in classrooms would just be an exercise in "law", of dead words and dead works, except where Christ might choose to put power in it. He can put power anywhere, though, with or without a bible. It's a matter of our hearts and our desire for Him.

If people do look in the bible, they will see that the Lord tells us over and over again to "hear" Him and says, "if you have eyes to see and ears to hear". What are those eyes and those ears? We all have them in this world, so He's not talking about that... He's talking about the eyes and ears in spirit that He gives to those that place faith in Him. We need to desire those, to see in spirit, to hear in spirit, because God is a spirit.

In spirit, this letter is all about the world and not about Christ. It carries the pnuema of "trust to worldly works for salvation" rather than pointing our eyes toward the living God and walking in faith. It looks good, but it carries the leaven of the Pharisees - all their teachings of following law and doing works to obtain life and those teachings are false and they are death in spirit. Christ is not found in principles or doctrines, He is alive and He is real and He has the power to change everything in us.

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[User Picture]From: clicker
2002-07-17 11:33 am (UTC)
I personally believe that there is a lot of truth in this.

This is not to condemn you at all, but to try to show you something of value, because I want you to see.

Remember when Christ told His disciples to "beware the leaven of the Pharisees"? He was not speaking of physical bread, but spiritual bread, the teachings, etc... Leaven is used as the picture of false teachings, because they will spread throughout what is known and poison the things of truth that we hold.

Many things in this world sound good to the ear and look good to the eye, but that is the ear and eye of our flesh, which is blind to the things of spirit. To know the spiritual truth, we must turn to Christ and ask Him to reveal His mind on a matter. His truth is our bread. To take in other spirit and to mix it with His truth is to allow the leaven of the Pharisees (the religious of that day) to mix with the truth of God and poison the whole mess.

It's sort of like a picture one of my friends shared with me... If you had a lovely stew to eat (the truth of God) but someone adds a cat turd (a bit of man's mind, or leaven) to that stew... would you still wish to eat it? Or would you throw the whole mess out and start over? I know what I'd do... :)

Desire the mind of Christ in all and He will reward you.

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From: (Anonymous)
2002-07-18 03:02 am (UTC)
What a complete load of tosh.

Given that it was the church in the first place that tried to restrain people, it's hardly surprising that people want to throw that away, and live a more liberal and free life.
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[User Picture]From: clicker
2002-07-19 11:43 am (UTC)
Ya know.. the true church of Christ, made of those He chooses, sets people free. It's the so called churches that are organizations of men's power that enslave. Christ is freedom.

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