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From my mom…

19 Dec

My mom sent me this email and I wanted to share….because I agree with all my heart.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on a 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.

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 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. 

My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

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Posted by on December 19, 2010 in My Thoughts

 

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5 responses to “From my mom…

  1. Lindsay

    December 26, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Sorry – as a journalist, I have to step in and say “hold your horses” and do your research. A simple google search would have told you that Ben Stein wrote the top, but not the bottom section. The section about faith leaving our culture (Murray OHara and Dr. Spock, etc.) isn’t something he’s ever said. It might be your opinion, but it’s not Ben Stein’s.
    It’s easy to share an opinion – I just wish more people would say “hey – I believe this, and this other person, (not a celebrity), said it pretty well.” People attach all kids of diatribes to all kinds of people, and as a journalist, I’ve discovered what it means to connect a concept with someone to make it more “respectable.” I’m Jewish, love Christmas trees, but I would want to be attached to ideas that just weren’t mine. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/confessions.asp

     
    • The Farmer's Trophy Wife

      December 26, 2010 at 5:14 am

      Thanks Lindsay…I have to say I didn’t do any research…it was an email fwd that I thought was great….so I guess I’ll say thanks to Ben and whomever for the message! Merry Christmas!

       
  2. Sue

    December 20, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I agree with this too and I will continue to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!!!!

     
  3. Kathy

    December 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Amen, Amen. Let’s get back to the spirituality of Christmas. Merry Christmas!! Kathy

     

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