..."Lifting His Veil of Protection"
In these troubling times for our nation, one of the most frequently asked questions I hear...is "why"? If God is so loving,why would He allow such terrible things,as the Boston bombings,the West explosion,flooding of our farmland,the cowardly acts in Afghanistan which result in the deaths of our soldier's? The question is legitimate and beckons for an answer.
To find that answer,let's go back in our history only a short time ago,yet increasingly what seems to be a lifetime ago!
When I was a child,we began our days in school with THE PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG. Extra curricular activities such as a football game began with PRAYER.And I can well remember,2 ladies would on occasion come visit our classroom with Bible stories.
Teacher's had control of the classroom and respect of their students.We as student's and children knew if we were disciplined in school, it was only going to be even harsher when we got home!
In those days, discipline was a tool to aid in teaching respect for our parents and school personnel,and for us students,it meant learning there are consequences for our actions,and the acceptance of responsibilty for those actions.
Now,let us fast forward to today!
First and foremost,God has been removed from our schools.Prayer has been replaced with a"moment of silence."Do we fail to realize that,as Christians,when we participate,go along with this practice,we have and are silencing our belief in God and our RIGHT to Pray?!!
Discipline,either by teacher,principal,or parent...has now turned into child abuse!If a parent uses a switch today,their child need only call 911 and that parent would be going to jail! What's wrong with this picture??
When I was going to school,it was the students,NOT the teachers,who were given tests and periodically given evaluations!The teachers main responsibility was to teach their youth.Now their main responsibility seems to be trying to meet standards set by people who have no idea what it is like TO BE a teacher!If students fail to achieve,the teacher becomes the bad guy! What's wrong with this picture? It couldn't possibly be the students fault now could it? And surely it is not the fault of the parent who allows more time for an X-BOX than a text book!
And let's take just a quick look at our government.The politicians in D.C.,can't or won't even work together,yet they are going to legislate how employer's and employees are to work together! What employees should be paid,what benefits they are entitled too.why an employee can or cannot be terminated.And by the way, as our brilliant leaders have determined,they need more of your revenue(TAX) so that they can continue to increase the size of the federal government and their control over you!So much so,that we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world! So now,Mr.Businessman,you not only get to pay workers some of the highest wages and benefits for full time workers in the world,but also pay the highest taxes for your desire to be an entrepreneur! You didn't really go into business to make money for yourself did you?Again I ask,what's wrong with this picture?
Now back to my original question,"why would GOD,if He is such a loving God,allow these things to occur?
Let's keep it simple! We have taken God out of our schools and our public life,so that our moral mantra has become "do anything you want,whenever and where ever you want and there are few consequences! The Bible clearly defines marriage as that of a union between a woman and a man.But MAN,being greater in wisdom than his Creator,has decided that GOD is wrong!
We have broken down the family structure.Rather than children respecting their parents and elders,parents liv in fear of going to jail for child abuse when tring to teach their children right from wrong through discipline.
Our hero's are not characters from the bible,or the people who devote their lives to helping others,but instead are sports figures and celebrities!
Our government has taken well intended programs that were meant to be a hand UP...into a hand OUT! Many of us need public housing and assistance,but there is a far greater crowd that has accepted this as their way of life and are content to stay where,and as they are.Many should be required to further their education,or learn a trade while receiving these benefits.One good example...I can't get a job when daycare cost me more than I can earn working!Simple...teach and certify some of those same people to care for the other people's children! The certified resident is now employed,and the parent(s)can now improve their education and skills and become worker's and independent of government programs!
In space,such as mars,the tiniest micro-organism that can be found is called life! On earth...it is aborted!
So to answer the question,YES,God,even with ALL the love He has for us,each and everyone of us,and for our nation has begun to allow these things to happen.He has begun to lift HIS veil of protection from us.And the farther we move away from God,the more that veil is going to be lifted! There was a time when God blessed the U.S.A.,but look back to those times...consider our society then...and now.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out...even ths ole country boy can see why God Is Lifting His Veil of Protection.
Rick A shaffer
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