A Wasted Breath
by Carl Parnell
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President Obama made his 2011 State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, January 26, 2011. His speech mapped out the course that the United States needs to follow in order to reduce the national debt and save America’s economy. However, his solution to America’s problems would be based on a continued program of big government intervention in the lives of all Americans. Fortunately, the Republican response given by Representative Paul Ryan from Wisconsin centered on more free enterprise and less involvement of the federal government. But, at present, the Democratic leadership will continue to take America down a road of socialism which leads to more government control of the lives of all American citizens.
According to President Obama, “We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.” However, despite the current successes in the economy, the “ship of state” must sail into some uncharted and dangerous waters before docking at the port of true economic success. As a result, even as President Obama stated, “the future is ours to win. But to get there, we can’t just stand still. Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat. It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age.”
Of course, what must the next generation sacrifice in order to meet the economic demands of the nation? First, and foremost, individual Americans will be required to cough up more of their hard earned money and place it into the coffins of a greedy, controlling government. It’s unnerving to think that the federal government would make Americans pay for their gambling habit. But, they gamble and lose the money of America’s working class people on an ongoing basis by taking from the rich and giving to the poor, which is known as redistribution of wealth. Also, the federal government borrows billions of dollars from foreign nations that are America’s enemies and then they expect American citizens to fund it with increased taxation. However, just maybe its time for the federal government to reciprocate the favor and give all Americans a weekly or monthly bonus check to pay for their “trying to survive” debts, such as purchasing high-priced gas and high-priced food. Needless to say, don’t expect that to happen. Instead, America’s elite politicians will continue to squeeze every penny that they can from their constituents. Sadly, it is their constituents that pay their exorbitant salaries that permit them to have a higher standard of living than the average American.
The second major area that President Obama emphasized was education. He stated that higher education will be even more important in the future. But, at present, America has fallen to ninth in the amount of students who have obtained college degrees. However, the root of America’s educational woes is the public school system. In order to prepare students for college, public schools must be transformed first. President Obama’s plan to achieve this goal is called “Race to the Top.” According to him, “Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that’s more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.” Of course, neither one of these programs is the right approach to solve America’s educational woes. The best program would be a program that has been extremely successful for two thousand years. It is called “Bow at the Cross.” When the federal government officially promotes prayer and Bible-reading in America’s public schools, it would be amazed at the turnaround in public schools in the United States.
The federal government, which has a Judeo-Christian foundation, began listening to secular humanists in the early 1960s. In fact, when the Supreme Court banned prayer and Bible-reading in 1962, public schools in the United States began to deteriorate academically as a result of kicking God and Jesus Christ off the campuses. Now, forty-nine years later, public schools in America have not been able to compete with their counterparts around the world. The reason can easily be summed up in one scripture found in the Book of Hosea in the Old Testament, mainly Hosea 4:6. It reads, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” As a result, it is easy to understand the reason that America’s public schools are filled anti-social and anti-law behavior, such as gangs, murder, rape, drugs. Also, it is easy to apply the statement that Martin Luther made in 1537 to the present situations that exist in public schools. He said, “I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.”
Therefore, there is only one program that can bring the educational systems in America back to their glory years. Basically, as previously mentioned, this program is “Bow to the Cross,” which would once again teach students to worship God and His Son Jesus Christ, love their parents, and love their country. As a result, the students who graduate from America’s public schools would have a driving force in their lives that would make them want to succeed in academia. That driving force would be Jesus Christ. Then, as President Obama stated in his 2011 State of the Union Address, “show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.” Well, no money would be needed because Jesus Christ paid the price for the solution when He died on the Cross of Calvary. As stated in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Ultimately, by inviting God and Jesus Christ back into America’s public schools, educational dominance will once again return to the United States.
One final point related to President Obama’s educational agenda should be mentioned, too. He made reference to children of undocumented immigrants who are excelling in America’s public schools. He stressed that “they grew up as Americans and pledge to our flag, and yet they live every day with the threat of deportation.” He also mentioned that “others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But, as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.” Of course, on the surface, this sounds good. However, there are several problems associated with these high school and college students staying in America. First, they are not U.S. citizens. Second, the ideologies of these students are anti-American in nature. In other words, they would be hurting the United States more than helping it. For example, too many college professors from foreign countries purport their anti-Americanism in their classrooms. Now, that definitely does not make sense.
Ultimately, could President Obama have a clandestine reason for keeping these students in America? Could he be using these students as a springboard for promoting amnesty for all illegal immigrants in America? Is President Obama using the “emotion” card in his attempt to get the American people to keep undocumented workers here to take care of their children? Will millions of illegal immigrants be able to come out of the shadows soon and receive government-recognized amnesty? Will President Obama use the guise of helping keep great minds in America to enlarge the number of Democratic voters for the next presidential election? Of course, time will answer all these questions.
Another area of concern, at least for Christians, was the moment that President Obama recognized that “American Muslims are a part of our American family.” In fact, many members of Congress stood and applauded his praise of the Islamic community, but, of course, there was no praise for the Christian community or any other community being a part of the American family. But, why was it so important for President Obama to mention America’s Muslim community in his State of the Union Address? On the surface, he was attempting to make Americans feel at ease about Muslims, since most terrorists are of the same religious belief system, a system that hates Christians, Jews, and the United States. In fact, their intentions are to control the world. However, since President Obama has classified Islam as a religion of peace, most Americans are not aware of the clandestine efforts of the Islamic community to have their law usurp America’s law, despite the fact that President Obama used the phrase “with respect for the rule of law” before mentioning the American Muslims in his speech. They want to live here, but they do not want Muslims to be tried by America’s constitutional law. They want to use their own Sharia law for those who violate U.S. law. Basically, they want to establish a theocracy within America, just like the Papal States in Rome which are actually a nation within a nation.
Also, most Americans do not know that certain aspects of Sharia law are already incorporated into the American society. For example, according to a January 27, 2011 article in World Net Daily by Joe Kovacs, major grocery stores and restaurants are selling meat and poultry products that have been killed facing Mecca and have been blessed in the name of Allah, which is called “halal” food. Of course, Christians are not supposed to eat any food blessed in the name of Allah. Some other examples include: Muslims are permitted to have prayer each Friday in a special room located in the U.S. Congress Building. Also, United States government agencies are teaching their employees the teachings of Islam from the Qur’an and the United States Congress has been opened with readings from the Qur’an. Therefore, Islam is gaining a foothold in the American society, just like it has in many countries in Europe, such as Great Britain and France. Ultimately, do American Muslims want to be a part of the American family or do they want Americans to be a part of their family? You be the judge!
Finally, the last major part of President Obama’s State of the Union Address started out very worthwhile because he praised the United States military. He stated, “Our troops come from every corner of this country-they’re black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American. They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim. And, yes, we know that some of them are gay.” But, he did not stop there. He concluded the statement by saying, “Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.” Needless to say, the liberals in Congress stood and applauded loudly without realizing that they were on the verge of “sealing the doom” of the United States as the “greatest nation in the world, since America is now one step closer to becoming the Sodom and Gomorrah of the postmodern world.
But, as stated in Genesis 19, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of the sinfulness of the city. Of course, it is rather obvious that homosexuality was the major sin of these cities. As recorded in verses 5-13,
5And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
6And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
9And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
10But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
11And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
13For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
Of course, based on these scriptures and based on the fact that God curses nations that reject him, He will eventually have to punish America for placing the homosexual lifestyle on a pedestal. Then, as a result, it is ludicrous for the President of the United States to invoke that America accepts homosexuality in one breath and then invoke the blessings of God on America at the end of his speech. But, God will not answer that request. In fact, President Obama and his godless administration, an administration that promotes things that are contrary to the Holy Bible, should actually expect curses from God. As recorded in Deuteronomy 28, verses 15-20,
15But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
18Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
20The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
Therefore, God is not going to bless a nation that rebels against Him. It happened to the Hebrews, his chosen people, and it will happen to America if its leaders continue to publicly and secretly blaspheme the Lord God Jehovah, the Creator of the Universe and the Savior of mankind.
In conclusion, President Obama ended his State of the Union Address with the following statement prior to invoking God’s blessings on America. He said, “The idea of America endures. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it’s because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of the union is strong.” Of course, despite how strong the union is in President Obama’s eyes, he did not give God any credit for America’s strength and successes. He basically purported a secular humanist approach. However, it does not matter how strong the union is in President Obama’s eyes because God will always have the last word. When God speaks, it happens, whether it is a blessing or a curse. Just remember the Titanic. It was supposed to be unsinkable, but it sank anyway. Therefore, President Obama and his administration need to remember that God created the icebergs that destroyed the Titanic and that He can place figurative icebergs in the path of the ship of state that can inflict serious economic, military, social, and political damage. Ultimately, at some point, God quits putting up with rebellion toward Him and His Holy Word. As stated in Isaiah 60:12, “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”
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