Written on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Ralph Barker
I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. General Douglas McArthur
There is a major challenge that confronts us when we talk in terms of good and evil or right and wrong. Who gets to determine what is right or wrong? This is the question. Personally, I believe abortion is murder. It is wrong. It is a crime. But, the National Organization of Women and most Democrats would say it is good, just, and right. So, who is right?
When I, or anyone else, judges that something is good or evil we appeal to some standard. In my case, I appeal to the Scriptures. I believe that God alone determines what good and evil are. If not, then it is everyone for himself or herself. This appears to be where we are headed today in this country. Right and wrong were much more clearly defined in the American psyche in the 1950’s. Since then, it has become progressively blurred and distorted.
In the first chapter of Genesis, God declared that the various stages of His creative process were “good” six times. The first time He declared something “not good” was when Adam was alone in the garden without a suitable mate. As Bible history unfolded God continued to reveal, in detail, what is good and what is evil. Apparently, we have decided to disagree with God. I know who is going to win this argument in the end.
It is so easy and natural to take sides in an election year and viciously assault those who oppose our own views. We ignore the pressing issues and focus instead on the people with whom we disagree (ad hominem). It is also easy to criticize our leaders for doing things contrary to our personal beliefs. Many times these are leaders within our own political camp.
What we forget is, that we, the American People put our leaders in power. Those in power in America are merely a reflection of who we are. It is like we look in the mirror and see them when it is really us in the reflection. We don’t like what we have become so we project our anger and disgust onto them.
Good people shouldn’t allow bad people to stay in office. What does this say about us in 2012? How far have we departed from the days of great statesmen and the time when a strong Christian influence was respected and accepted in our society? It wasn’t that long ago when the national media would call upon Billy Graham or Jerry Falwell to offer spiritual advice in regards to moral issues. Today, they call upon leaders of radical feminists groups, homosexual lobbies, or environmental movements.
Some of us can still remember praying in school and reading from Scripture. We can remember when it was a crime to abort a child. We remember a day when a class of high schoolers would actually laugh out loud at the idea of evolution. They knew God created the heavens and earth. No one disputed this. I know because I was in that class that laughed. I still laugh but today I’m in the minority.
In just a few weeks now, we will go to the polls. The person we put in the White House will be the visible incarnation of the political and spiritual state of the American people. This election is about us and not Obama or Romney. And it truly is about good and evil. It is about standards and ethics, right and wrong. These ideas have become alien to far too many Americans especially in the younger generations.
We live in a day when God has been declared persona non grata in our schools while the devil has been given a hall pass. We can legally kill our babies but we cannot destroy our mailboxes without the risk of being prosecuted if we do. In some states, like Georgia where I live, we can be fined and/or jailed for killing our dogs or cats. Animals have more value than babies. Where do these standards come from?
We have to ask this question of ourselves, and answer it on November 6th. The question is “Who are we?” The answer to this question will determine who we become as a people in the next generation. What kind of country will our children and grandchildren find in 2025, 2035, and 2050, if we last that long?
Gary DeMar, president of American Vision, in an article on Political Outcast asks a similar question, “What kind of country do you want to live in?” How would you answer that one? Who do you think we are as a nation? What does it mean to be an American? I wonder how our answers would differ from those of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln or even Dwight Eisenhower.
Have we fallen so low that we are not bothered by homosexual marriages, paying for prison inmates to have sex change operations, abortion for any reason, and worshiping at the alter of a state that believes it is God walking on the earth (G.W.F.Hegel)?
Do we think it is moral for the state to take our hard earned money and give it to those who refuse to be productive or throws our money down some rat hole? Are we at all bothered that the government seems to be exempt from the 8th commandment, “Thou shalt not steal”?
When you and I pull that lever on November 6th remember this is not about the candidates. It is about our children, our future, and our freedoms. It is about who we are and what America is all about and where it will be and who we will be in the years ahead.
Take a lesson from the Democrats on November 6th. Vote and vote often (Just kidding folks).