Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reflection for the New Year!

On this eve of 2010, I wish you all Love, Peace, Health & Happiness. I received the following in an email and have decided to share it here.
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where theAmerica we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Be safe and happy my blog friends.


Sonia said...

Very touching speech indeed..I dont belong to any of the religions mentioned, but I then every religion does have its own way of going over the board to taint its own principles and values. I guess what Ben Stein actually wished was that people would read and understand this speech regardless of religion, keeping only in mind that they are fellow humans first. It is ironical how we quickly categorize every person we meet into a group befitting his/her religion or origin, and yet do not want God to be discussed openly. Thought provoking indeed...This has given me an insight into a meaningful issue on this special day, and I shall do my part in taking this thought further...Happy New Year to you! May God grant you all the success that you desire and deserve!:)
P.S>: Don't worry, I'm not this verbose in every comment!!

Sonia (

The Tome Traveller said...

Awesome, I love Ben Stein! Thanks so much for posting this!

Happy New Year!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thank you both for taking the time to read Ben Stein's speech!

Sonia, I was very interested to hear your perspective and I appreciate the nice post you left. I think you got it exactly right. I often ponder what the forefathers of this country would think about this present generation. God was so much a part of their lives and thoughts and they were not afraid or embarrassed to say it.
Thank you for your kind wishes and I extend the same to you and your family.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have read this before and it is still just as good.

My good friend Arlynn always wishes me a Happy Hannukah and I always wish her a Merry Christmas and then we laugh because it is the other way around but that is what makes us such good friends.

Holly said...

Thank you for sharing this! I did not see it and I really liked it!