Friday, November 30, 2012

Over and Under Cliffs

Do we fall off of cliffs by accident?  Do we stand at the precipice and weigh the pros and cons of jumping?  Do we leap with purpose, trusting that God will sustain us as we cross the chasm?

In recent discussions of the 'fiscal cliff', I can't help but think of all of the cliffs we already are falling from as a nation, a church, a world.  A brief  list:

  1. The demise of respect for all life.
  2. The demise of families with a father and mother.
  3. An assumption that fertility is bad.
  4. An assumption that people will be hurt or killed while buying Christmas presents.
  5. An acceptance of  atheists and communists as our primary educators.
  6. A fear of speaking about God.
  7. Debt, personal and national.
  8. A complete lack of decorum in public discourse.
  9. An extension of childhood well beyond any reasonable end to actual human growth and development.
  10. A dependance on government entitlements rather than charitable giving.
If you are reading this, you probably say something like, "I can see those things happening, but I'm fighting it in my own life."  Yeah, me too.  But my point isn't that we aren't trying to deal with these issues, but that we've already fallen off of the cliffs.  If we are alive now and care at all about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we are on our backs, bruised, dizzy, slowly regaining consciousness at the bottom of the cliff.

What about #2, when now 40.8% of all births, according to the CDC, are to unmarried women?  Our government created welfare because they were alarmed back in the day by a spike at 5%.  We are raising a generation who will never be able to understand the phrase shotgun wedding. 

Or think about #6.  We started by taking prayer out of schools, and now we think we are radical if we say Merry Christmas in a store while buying Advent candles.  We put our money down and hear the Walmart employee say happy holidays, and we look them in the eye and say Merry Christmas.  That is so in-your-face!

 Or #10, while 47% of our population receives government assistance.  The charitable deduction (ie: when we are actually allowed to spend money in a way that Obama and  his cohorts can't control) is almost certain to be modified (read abolished) in an attempt to increase tax revenue (take money from your local StVP and give it to a overpaid bureaucrat).A grammar note, sometimes the only way to describe the byzantine plans of our foes is with a run-on sentence.

We fell off the cliff a long time ago.  My question is this:  As we are regaining consciousness after the fall, do we lay here and hope someone will help us, or do we pull ourselves up and try to aid other survivors?  I think we should do the latter.

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