There has been something I have been pondering for quite some time. I sense you are thinking about the same. The state of our country. The visceral political division, the fact that most news is editorial opinion based on lies and half truths, the fact that people who have been friends for years have ended their friendships over these differences. We all have a lot of concerns about America, many of them are put to rest at the sight a young soldier in uniform opening a door for a senior citizen, or young child helping someone across the street. These individual acts of kindness bolster my confidence that somewhere deep in the soul of America, the values that make us all Americans are still flickering.
But what concerns me are those who, for whatever reason, do not see that the sacrifice of those before us was made for the better gains we enjoy. I asked a group of children why we celebrate Independence Day. By and large their answers were “so we can see fireworks” or “so we can have hamburgers from the grill.” They did not even know what Independence Day meant. Their guesses were anywhere from “celebrating God’s freedom” to “my dad has a day off from work.” Some of these children openly admit they do not understand why they should stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag—seems like something silly to them.
Then there was the Black man who was so upset with the wars in the Middle East that he told me it was better to abort these children than to let them grow up and force them to die in war. I asked him how many abortions there were in the United States each year. He didn’t know. I told him there were over a million abortions a year and that during a three-year period there were 1,700 brave volunteer soldiers killed in Iraq. Another lady chimed in, “And that’s supposed to make me feel good?” No, its’ not. But it is supposed to demonstrate clearly how the folly in denying a chance at life because kids are going to die anyway. Would he even understand that Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, wanted to end the entire Black race? Or that the Democratic Party institutionalized racist Jim Crow laws and policies for over a century?
There have been many interviews of high school and college students, as well as adults, including politicians, who cannot correctly answer some of the most basic questions about US history or the political process. It would be laughable if these people were not so serious and confident of the correctness of their stupidity. Thought leader Dennis Prager says the only way to fix this problem is to remove our children from the public schools. He may have a point. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.” And this is what is happening right before our very eyes. Rejecting God’s laws and wisdom is nothing short of, say it with me…Stupidocrisy!