Musings On A Christmas Day

I am just sitting here on Christmas Day thinking about America and how corrupt it has become. I'm wondering how this nation can, on the birthday of the Son of their God, continue to ignore not only the teachings of that God (or warping the messages of other parts of the Bible to justify themselves) but whether their consciences are feeling any guilt at refusing to do so.

For instance, Proverbs 14:31 says "He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth Him hath mercy on the poor".

Proverbs 19:17, "He that hath pity upon the poor lendth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will He pay him again"?

Proverbs 21:13, "Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard".

Proverbs 22:16, "He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want".

Proverbs 31:9 which says "Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy".

Acts 20:35 which states "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than receive".

Or, possibly best of all, Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me."

How about some words from the very wise men who founded our country and some elite others?

"We stand by as children starve by the millions because we lack the will to eliminate hunger. Yet we have found the will to develop missiles capable of flying over the polar cap and landing within a few hundred feet of their target. This is not innovation. It is a profound distortion of humanity's purpose on earth."
Senator Mark Hatfield

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children."
Chief Sitting Bull

"To unequal privileges among members of the same society the spirit of our nation is, with one accord, adverse."
Thomas Jefferson

"That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone."
Thomas Jefferson

"God has formed us moral agents... that we may promote the happiness of those with whom He has placed us in society, by acting honestly towards all, benevolently to those who fall within our way, respecting sacredly their rights, bodily and mental, and cherishing especially their freedom of conscience, as we value our own."
Thomas Jefferson

"The practice of morality being necessary for the well-being of society, [our Creator] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain."
Thomas Jefferson

"Those who have no sense of right, reason or religion, have a natural propensity to make use of their strength to the destruction of such as are weaker than they."
Thomas Jefferson

"What is a great man who has made his mark upon history? Every time, if we think far enough, he is a man who has looked through the confusion of the moment and has seen the moral issue involved; he is a man who has refused to have his sense of justice distorted; he has listened to his conscience until conscience becomes a trumpet call to like-minded men, so that they gather about him and together, with mutual purpose and mutual aid, they make a new period in history. ...the lessons of great men are lost unless they reinforce upon our minds the highest demands which we make upon ourselves; ...they are lost unless they drive our ...wills forward in the direction of their highest ideals."
Jane Addams

"Until you do what you believe in, you don't know whether you believe it or not."
Leo Tolstoy

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Albert Einstein.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw

I know that when I quote from the Bible I anger the quasi-Christians out there because all they have for a defense is to take other parts of the Bible out of context. To them I say, "Alas and alack!" In plain English that means "Bite Me"!

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