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In the Beginning, God Was Welcome Here

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

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When will such disregard for human life end?

I heard some staggering and heartbreaking stats:

Millennials (ages 18-35) my children's age group, are the least outwardly religious generation in American History!

They are products of secular education and a secular society.

If God does have any type of role in their lives, they are very private about it.

I've also heard repeatedly, with each new senseless taking of life:

"What are we going to do about the gun problem?"

"Why are we still recognizing antiquated Amendments, such as the right to keep and bear arms?"

"When will this disregard for life stop?"

"Why does God allow these things to happen?"

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When I was in school, God was welcome!

The 'Golden Rule' and Scripture was prominently displayed in the hallways of our schools.

Also, prominently displayed...guns, on rear window racks of many trucks in the school parking lot, belonging to students and teachers. (it was quite common to see guns prominently displayed in personal vehicles; in the parking lots of churches, at grocery stores, in the schoolyard and all around town)

We had prayer in the morning, right along with the singing of patriotic songs and the reciting of the pledge of allegiance.

  • We DID NOT HAVE school shootings

But, then one day, things changed!

Suddenly, one random complaint would be enough to change the course of history -

Suddenly, offense would be taken with all mentions of a Father God...of a Creator God.

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Over time, the Golden Rule - 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you', would disappear from the hallways of our schools.

As the Golden Rule was being painted over or removed, God was getting booted out...no more prayer time...any such time, would have to be called something else.

Suddenly one lone complaint, became two or more -

Suddenly offense was taken at all mentions of God.

Initially, some took a stand, not all surrendered to the 'feelings argument', also known as, the political correctness movement, at least not right away!

They tried to work out a plan to accommodate all, appease everyone, without completely expelling God from the schoolhouse.

Perhaps if they didn't call it prayer time, but rather a private moment to reflect on life....a reflection time!

But, reflection time, left too much room for the easily offended to remain offended.

What if some children actually continued to pray during that time? What assurance did they have that someone would not be praying?

A lot goes into destroying a foundation - it doesn't happen overnight

The ungodly, easily offended...did not want to see any evidence of God in the school and with so-called 'moments of silence', there is that implication...that some may be praying to a higher authority; something much larger and greater than an individual or a group and that...wasn't acceptable!

Threats of lawsuits was something that schools just didn't need; all of the drama, expense, bad publicity, etc., much simpler to just phase out reflection time as well, so as not to make waves.

You get the picture -

Best to just boot God out of the schoolhouse, for he would leave, without incident!

What changed?

Around the time God was being booted out of school, along came Roe v Wade:

Permission granted to end the life of another, so that your life wouldn't be interrupted!

Permission granted to live dangerously, if it felt good do it, without any consequence!

Groovy!

The internet, (good things, along with a lot of bad, at the fingertips of our kids) Violent and more realistic shows, movies and video games...video games which would come to include...the hunting of human targets.

As for those guns which were visible all around American towns, even in the schoolyard parking lot, although they always stayed put, right where placed, they too became targets

So, to recap, God bad.

Sexual promiscuity and killing babies in the womb, good.

Guns, bad.

Pretending to maim, rape or blow away human beings for points, good.

It all came to a head, in 1999 , the first school shooting in the U.S., at Columbine High School...

and then another school shooting, church shootings, more school shootings, movie theater shooting, nightclub shooting, prayer meeting shooting, workplace shooting, church shooting, concert shooting, school shooting....

What changed?

Hmm...yes indeed, what changed?



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We don't need God, until we do...

I turned on the News and the story was about multiple people in the spotlight, with a voice...and a microphone, with a platform - choosing to regularly insult people of faith.

It appears to be a current and trendy thing to mock Christians, here in America!

I am not feeling very optimistic about our future, with the knowledge that God has been locked out of the schoolhouse building and kicked off the football field.

I do not find comfort in hearing that many young people are tuned out to the thought or notion of a Heavenly Father, all why wondering why he allows...bad things to happen!

There is nothing encouraging about the constant, public mockery made of those grounded in their Faith, sustained in a belief of one much grander than they...as it becomes more common with each new day, each new broadcast.

At least, up until, the next tragedy and then those same people...do not know where else to turn, they do not know what else to do, but to call upon God!

It is always the same words, the same reactions:

"These kids, that family, those communities... are in our thoughts and prayers."

"A prayer vigil will be held tonight."

"A moment of silence, a time for reflection, will be taking place."

"God be with them."

How much longer will we resist living in a land, where God has been locked out, where Christians are mocked for their Faith, where backs are turned on our Heavenly Father...up until, no other Name, no other Comforter can be found.

It is not enough for me to only call upon God, during crisis -

I need him every hour, I need him...

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 05, 2020:

https://youtu.be/oB2_j7c0d70

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on December 01, 2018:

Just came across this clip.

Handled so well and so spot on in my opinion:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=157342...

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 26, 2018:

Hi shanmarie - I agree with you on the abortion issue.

I am so tired of the excuses continually used and the ways so many attempt to justify the taking of a life.

I was in middle school when Roe v Wade became law and I personally witnessed how it changed and ruined many lives!

Some of these girls...women today, have never gotten over it and sadly, never will, it haunts them. (many young men too, that never had a say)

They were told by their Science Teachers, by the Supreme Court, by that horrible required reading 'Our Bodies, Ourselves', that there wasn't really anything there, clumps of cells and nothingness and they weren't really destroying the life of their baby. Now they know better.

There should be another March in addition to the March for Life, Remembering 'The Big Lie of '73 March' or something along those lines.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 26, 2018:

Shanmarie: Some of it is semantics- in my observations what I've seen is that when people talk about gun control they really mean gun confiscation. I actually see the two as synonymous. I just heard that 11 kids die every day because of texting while driving, yet there is no great outcry from our nation's youth to police this situation, and that's problem that's easily solved. Just put your phone in the glove box, or somewhere safe while driving. If they can't get the small, easy things right I question that they have the judgement to get a huge issue like gun violence under control.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 26, 2018:

I agree that gun control is very different from taking them away and/or banning them.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 26, 2018:

Thanks AB, and likewise :) TTYL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 26, 2018:

I hate so much that schoolchildren are being used by the left once again and yes it is hard for them to make a move without advertising it...scary! Scarier, that groups of teens were placing themselves in dangerous situations (via the "walk-outs" you mentioned), without realizing it!

I look forward to reading your upcoming hub Leland.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 26, 2018:

AB- I agree with all the points you've made. My concern about kids is that they are really over praised in our culture. They are marching, appearing on CNN and 60 minutes talking about issues that Do concern them, but ones they don't really grasp. For example: Here in Michigan a group of teens organized the "walk out" to protest guns and school violence, then publicized it in social media. Leave it to kids to organize a rally against gun violence where they take some 700 fellow students and rallied them into a school media room. If a gunman wanted to inflict some real carnage the student body just assembled a "fish in a barrel" scenario. This happened across the country. It's an example of why kids shouldn't be calling the shots.

One other point- I am not pro gun control. In fact, I don't even like the term because it's misleading. When people say the words "gun control" it's inevitable conclusion is gun CONFISCATION. I'm currently working on a hub discussing the meaning of the 2nd amendment and how it applies to us today.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on March 25, 2018:

Thanks ya'll, great points made and taken. Good discussion here.

I too have always been around guns. I have had a permit to carry for about twelve years.

Back when I was going through my training, great emphasis was placed on knowing our weapon and how to take the proper care of our weapon, long before we went out to dismantle, mantle, load and shoot.

But, the thing that has always stayed with me, is our Instructor telling us to get up and leave the classroom, if we had any doubts or hesitation whatsoever, on whether we'd have the ability if (God forbid) we were ever put in the position to have to use it and Thank God I haven't been! By the way, no one left.

Carrying a weapon isn't for everyone. Having a weapon in the house isn't for everyone.

But.... the direction we are heading, talk of our Constitution being old and unnecessary today!

Young people saying they'll not be satisfied until there are no guns.(completely losing sight of the hate and/or illness that leads disturbed individuals to do horrible things.....they find a means/a way!) (completely losing sight of the fact that only the law-abiding citizen is affected when gun laws are restricted (or if guns are taken away, as some are calling for) I shudder to think about this Country where only the Gov (intended to be limited and to answer to the people) and the criminal element have all the weapons.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 25, 2018:

I mis-spoke- The pastor from Danbury wasn't talking about bearing arms, but the right to free assembly, speech, practice of religion, etc.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 25, 2018:

Hi Leland,

I do agree that we are who were are and that's just that. People grow and change, but at our core we are always the same. Actually, I appreciate the varied facets of personality. I think very few people who are labeled two-faced and things like it actually are. Like you said, when met with a certain attitude we tend to respond in kind. I think human mirror one another more often than is realized. And when you really know someone long enough and well enough you will see all sides of their personality, but if you know them at the core then you know the goodness of a person. Or lack thereof. I don't dislike someone I believe to be good and kind at heart when I see what they are like when angry or frustrated. But if the majority of my interactions with a person are rude then I can say my attempt at kindness is probably at least in part a sham. Have to say that's extremely rare, though. And some people just get off to a rocky start and then and up liking each other after all.

I totally understand your point about guns being dangerous and a need for great respect. My husband has stated several times that he wants a gun, but I refuse to have one in the house because of children. Even with safety locks I am not comfortable with that. He grew up around them, though. They are common in Southeast Texas because hunting is popular. But you're right that accidents are something to fear. Too many sad stories of accidents.

My comments below had more to do with the mass shooting taking place, though. Those kinds of people scare me more, in a way. While careless people are certainly those to put you on edge, the people who go in public planning these types of things in advance .... I shudder. The same kind of people who do things like the Austin bomber recently did. Gun control is a good thing, but what about the other things people can do instead. How do we do better preventing mass murder to begin with? Or any murder, for that matter.

I hadn't thought about the actual words to the constitution in years. Funny how it is all about semantics now that the founders are long gone. And interpretation of intentions. I do believe that they intended for people to freely worship God. It was the reason for escaping England to begin with.

Thanks for your thoughtful response to my comments. A B certainly gave people something to think about here.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 25, 2018:

It is found no where in our founding or official documents. Not only that, but even in it's unofficial capacity it is taken out of context. The pastor told Jefferson he didn't believe Jefferson had the right to even mention that Americans had the right to bear arms, as stated in the 1st amendment, because it is an obvious right to assemble and practice religion without government interference, and that if the government thinks IT is the body that bestows that right upon the people, then surely IT (the government) could just as easily take that right away. Jefferson responded(in a private letter) by assuring the pastor that he had no intention of assuming such a position, but that the government was to distance itself from infringing upon the exercise of religion (and religion at the time was almost exclusively referring to Christianity/Judaism) and that as far as Jefferson was concerned there was "a wall of separation between church and state." The founders had no intention of kicking God out of our schools. Jefferson even attended a church service held in the Capital's rotunda two weeks after writing the pastor of the Danbury Congregations.