My letter to Rev. Weber
Yesterday, I played bagpipes for a dedication of a new headstone for a damnyankee veteran of the War to Prevent Southern Independence. I know, I know….why on earth did I do it? Well, I actually had a misguided ancestor who fought on the wrong side of the conflict, and this group of "Sons" is generally a nice bunch of guys that I continually educate to the best of my ability.
Anyway…they had a local pastor say a few words, and then he led the group in singing "God Bless America." This is what I wrote him in reaction to his musical choice. I’m sending it to as many like-minded friends of mine as I have e-mail addresses for on this netbook computer.
Dear Rev. Weber:
Thank you for participating in the headstone dedication yesterday in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. It is important to remember our spiritual needs at such an event.
I was up on the hill behind you (to play bagpipes), so I was unable to hear all the words you spoke. However, I did hear you lead the assembly in the singing of “God Bless America,” and it is this that occasions my writing to you.
I used to be an enthusiastic singer of this song, but as I have aged and reflected, I am troubled by the question, “Why SHOULD God bless America?”
We have destroyed His second-greatest gift (after His sacrifice of his only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ), and called it “choice.”
We have sent invading federal armies into states (or a foreign country, depending upon one’s point of view) which merely sought to go their own way in peace and done so without so much as a declaration of war. We have violated our own US Constitution (Article IV, Sec. 3.1) by creating a new state out of an existing one without the required vote (West Virginia). We have allowed many other violations of the First Amendment among which were the closing down of more than 300 newspapers for the sole offense of daring to disagree with the regime.
We have banned God and His word from our schools and called it “Separation of church and state,” which was never part of the US Constitution. That document called for freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.
We forbid fathers to chasten their children as the Bible instructed them to do, and called it “rights of the child.”
We have allowed children to violate the commandment to “Honor thy father and mother that their days may be long,” and called that “rights of the child.”
We distribute condoms in school and call it “birth control” despite God’s teaching that abstinence is the only method acceptable to Him.
We legalize sodomy and call it “gay rights.” God’s word specifically condemned these practices.
We adopt the teachings of the atheist Darwin in denial of His word describing His omnipotence demonstrated in creating this world. We call this “science.”
We teach the hubristic “science” of “man-made global warming” in absolute denial of God’s omnipotence in preserving or destroying that which He created according to His will. We conveniently ignore the truth that in a single week of volcanic eruption in Iceland, more CO2 has been discharged than man has “controlled” in the previous five years.
This is just a small sampling of the violations of God’s instructions that we engage in. Yes, God has already blessed us, but we have thrown His blessing aside and now follow the ways of Satan.
Instead of asking for God to bless us, we should, like the people of Nineveh, be asking God to FORGIVE us and GUIDE us to return to His ways. The Bible tells us that God will judge us, and condemn and destroy those whom He chooses not to save. We should be reading His word, the Bible, and not banning it from our schools and public places.
The country was founded on biblical principles, and we were blessed when we followed those principles. Unfortunately, now we are asking God to bless us while we mock Him by our thoughts, words, and deeds. Just as He destroyed Israel and Judah, He will punish us for disobeying Him.
Thank you for taking the time to read and consider my views.
George M. Forsythe