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Nation must reverse its step backward into a culture of death

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How much longer will we search in all the wrong places, groping for answers and solutions we so desperately need?

With each breaking news report of the most recent shocking disaster in America, we are again jolted and dismayed. From ordinary events such as attending a movie in Aurora, Colo., only to become living targets in a deadly shooting gallery; to schoolchildren and their teachers during a normal school day in the proclaimed “safest place in America,” Newtown, Conn., suddenly attacked and massacred, one by one like, mere numbers to be totaled – anyone could be overwhelmed.

Recently the nation became transfixed when the famed Boston Marathon was senselessly waylaid by two brothers overcome with treachery and hatred for their new country, and bodies and legs trained for fitness were blown away by bombs.

FINALLY, GRUESOME facts gradually emerged about Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors abortuary in Philadelphia, where years of inhumane practices unworthy even of a slaughterhouse continued unabated, purposely overlooked by health inspectors.

These are a few among many. How could such atrocities happen in America, the greatest country ever? Whatever happened to the Greatest Generation?

Certainly these events and devastating losses deserve our heartfelt compassion and deep concern for the victims, their families and friends, and should disquiet our higher nature. Nevertheless, as painful as each event becomes, we really shouldn’t be surprised, nor believe that hopefully we’ve seen the last – or the worst. Escalation likely will become a reality. It’s the normal progression, and that escalation may defy our imagination.

FORTY YEARS ago, some Americans were shocked and appalled that our Supreme Court (in its attempt to fix a supposed problem) legalized abortion on demand, for any or no reason, at any point of development before birth. Most Americans, myself included, paid little attention to this ruling or law. We felt it didn’t concern us, nor affect us in any way. We weren’t involved in abortion and didn’t intend to be, and felt no responsibility for it. Apathy, complacency and acquiescence became the response of the great majority.

For some time America had slipped step by step unchecked toward darkness. Now, with one court ruling, our country had taken a huge step into darkness and a giant step backward from the sanctity of life. For America, it was as the kiss of death, Judas’ deadly betrayal of Jesus.

AFTER 55 MILLION deaths in America – and untold personal and family carnage, as well as societal blight and a now depraved culture – most Americans still have done little or nothing to reverse this holocaust. In 1973, when we as a country said “yes” to implementing intentional death as a “solution,” we invited the spirit of death into our country and our homes – and ordered God out.

When the right to choose death became the law of the land, we gave death the keys to our culture. It could now come and go at will. That right to choose death descended upon and enveloped us like a plague.

We came to realize that intentional death has many vile and malicious accomplices, some almost worse than death – godlessness, hatred, brutality, blasphemy, perversion, depravity and all things profane, to mention just a few. They also now come and go as they choose, wreaking havoc in our daily lives. After all, if barbaric butchering of God-given babies, thought of as a cancer to be rid of, is considered acceptable and appropriate health care, what won’t be acceptable?

Please permit me an analogy:

Suppose a man owns a challenged small family business and he hires a little-known but persuasive specialist who claims the ability to correct the problem. Perhaps this specialist finds favor with the family and soon is treated as a family member, even given his own keys to come and go as he chooses.

AFTER A TIME it is discovered that the “specialist” doesn’t have the family’s best interest at heart – rather, exactly the opposite. In actuality he is dishonest; deceptive; attracts many very undesirable and destructive friends; and brings calamity upon all he touches. He is, in fact, the proverbial kiss of death to the family.

Even with this crushing new awareness, the head of the family fails to admit his error and summon the courage to banish the imposter and his friends and take back his keys. Should he then be surprised one day to find his family, home and business in total chaos and irreparable disaster? He has done nothing to correct his disastrous error, but rather tried to deny it, hoping his problems would just go away. Instead, he discovers his peace, prosperity and future have disappeared.

The good news is that God always is ready to forgive, and His mercy is ever-present. If we truly want the solution, it’s really nothing new, but quite available and fully effective. We muster our courage and honesty; acknowledge our mistake; repent of our ignorance or disobedience to God’s precepts to choose life and His ways; and stand up against the spirit of death – and it will be cast from our land. Then we start living our lives under His protection, grace and blessings, like millions of Americans did for many, many decades. We could yet see an even Greater Generation!

Of course, we aren’t required to do it His way. He gave us free will to choose life or choose death. The next horrific news and untold calamities are waiting – they are just the consequences of our choices and actions.

(The writer is a member of the Alleluia Community in Augusta.)

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deestafford
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deestafford 05/05/13 - 07:25 am
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So what is does the country do?

It twice elects a man who believes in:
abortion on demand
allowing abortion born alive babies to die
homosexuals serving openly in the military
homosexuals in the scouts
taking money from the producers and giving it to the moochers
apologizes for America on trips to foreign countries
open borders with unfettered immigration
not confronting radical Islam as terrorists
sympathy for the Muslim world over Israel
government run, single payer health system
global warming is man made
the USA not being the world's lone super power
western civilization being the caused of the world's problems
the USA not being an exceptional country
perpetual campaigning rather than governing
never accepting personal responsibility and always shift the blame
Keynesian economics
collectivism versus individualism

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/05/13 - 07:42 am
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This says it all...Good LTR.

This says it all...Good LTR.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 05/05/13 - 08:28 am
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I would vote for Obama again
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I would vote for Obama again if I could.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/05/13 - 09:07 am
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school choice is the only solution

liberals are using the public schools not to educate, but to indoctrinate liberal voters
our children will have insufficient skills to function as free adults
they will have life in their voting fingers, but vote for a government that denies liberty, and will pursue happiness only through a tv or drugs
anyone can research what is already happening in England to see our own future
their government is more liberal, and their media more liberal, than ours, and their society has deteriorated to where the lower class are simple sheep, with wolf fangs

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/05/13 - 09:40 am
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"So what is does the country

"So what is does the country do? " you ask......We pray.

Excellent letter Mr. Garner. Thank you.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 05/05/13 - 09:43 am
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And you're so sure that a Christian solution

is the only one possible? You might want to take some inventory of the various reasons why church membership has been in decline, and it's not because all of the people walking away are heathens.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/05/13 - 09:48 am
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Unfortunately,
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America will follow in the path of Nero's Rome. We will be so full of ourselves, in a politically correct sense: men having sex with men on the street corner, women wishing to be treated as men except in war-all female colleges-private bathrooms-killing babies with impunity via unrestricted abortion, blacks screaming discrimination in the 16 states held to a different and higher standard by the voting rights act of 1965. On this subject, all that is necessary to "prove" discrimination is to scream it in one of those 16 states. It goes to the dept. of justice and eric holder's right hand racist and logged as a sin committed by the white man. Never mind the black panthers standing outside a voter building in philadelphia with billy clubs intimidating white people. Hollyweird produces movies and videos of maiming, killing, raping and charge money for it. Money that young kids steal to get copies of. They are lefties, so it is ok. You can always blame it on consevatives and they do. We're so lax; '93 World Trade Center bombing (clinton), clinton, a draft dodger, weakened nat'l security, with the exception of his family, thus the 2nd World Trade Center attack, obama's benghazi debacle (he and mz.clinton) that has been conveniently pushed aside by the left media and White House. There's a time to act and react and the time is NOW.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/05/13 - 10:18 am
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Yes I do Jon Lester. And what

Yes I do Jon Lester.

And what is your opinion of the reason people are walking away from the church? What is your definition of heathen?

IMO, people are leaving the church for no other reason than it is so much easier to live in this world, than it is to live by God's standard. People are lazy and selfish, and the father of this world makes his way seem more fun......only until the consequences need to be dealt with.

grouse
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grouse 05/05/13 - 11:37 am
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Once again, the comparison of
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Once again, the comparison of a potential human being to an actual human being is ridiculous.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/05/13 - 02:04 pm
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ICL is correct !

1 John 2:19 KJV They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 05/05/13 - 06:23 pm
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People leaving the church

Some leave for the same reason others never come in..too many in the church, not all, are not walking their talk.

I see it everyday on these pages. People are insulted, called lazy, mooches and then expect those to accept a message of salvation from them! It "ain't" gonna happen.

Jesus gave a model with his encounter with the woman at the well. He did not sugar coat her sin, but he did not insult her, either. As a result, she ran to tell others. There is a lesson to be learned there but today that kind of civility is dismissed as simple political correctness and many vow that is beneath them.

We are loosing the battle because we refuse to accept the humanity of all.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/05/13 - 06:52 pm
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As I asked the same question

As I asked the same question a day or so ago from I believe the same poster who made this comment "People are insulted, called lazy, mooches and then expect those to accept a message of salvation from them!"

Please provide date and time and commenter who has professed to be a Christian, presented the message of salvation, and then turned around and insulted someone, called them lazy and a moocher.

The message of salvation has only been presented on here by a limit number of individuals (less than you can count on one hand) and commenters have referred to people being lazy and moochers but I would guarantee that no one particular person has been called lazy or a moocher.

Truth Matters, it hasn't happened.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 05/05/13 - 07:00 pm
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People are leaving the church

People are leaving the church because that is the "easier" route.

Surrendering to what you want, instead of working towards what you need is the much easier course.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/05/13 - 07:38 pm
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TruthMatters

"Jesus gave a model with his encounter with the woman at the well." Most do not want anyone to point out their sin as Jesus did. We are alway told to "repent" any many don't think they have anything to repent of and are offended that someone would think they need to repent.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 05/05/13 - 10:09 pm
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RMSHEFF

I don't recall the woman "wanting" to be told of her sin. She accepted what was told her and we should all understand that approach does matter.

I do agree that many do not readily see the need from change. I have been there myself. As have many who fill the pews every Sunday. Hopefully as one matures one becomes more open to the need to change.

Young Fred, I agree with you, also. I did not intend to imply that the reason I listed was all inclusive. Suffice it to say that there are many reasons.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/13 - 06:05 am
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Avoiding my request Truth

Avoiding my request Truth Matters? It's quit easy to throw out baseless accusations but much harder to back it up with fact, isn't it?

Young Fred, I do believe you hit on the major reason individuals stray from the church "many don't think they have anything to repent of and are offended". I think it is more that they are convicted but process it as being offended....until they realize the difference, all we can do is pray.

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