Friday, January 13, 2012

When Progress Isn't

It has been said that no study of religion is complete without a corresponding study of history.  I believe this.  Many will say that religious beliefs change dependent upon accommodating modern social mores and taboos.  That modernity defines religion, in other words.  Some of us see our present day in the light of ever increasing sensitivity to our fellow man's foibles and desires, while others see the human race repeating historical mistakes made throughout the ages, the old optimist/pessimist debate.  We still organize in this way, arguing whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.  This, "modernity changes religion vs. religion never changes" contention is true, in my humble opinion, and it seems to be a driving force in today's society. I happen to agree with the late Clare Boothe Luce.  In this world, she said, there are optimists and pessimists. "The pessimists are better informed."

Please consider the latest news stories concerning our ever "increasing sensitivity to our fellow man's foibles and desires" and consider if you agree with me and Clare or not!

Greece, the ancient home of Western reason and philosophy, continues to have money problems.  In plain language - the country is flat broke - and is a burden on it's E.U. partners.  So, how has the Greek Labor Ministry decided to address this problem?  By handing out more cash, of course!  Yes, Greece has decided to add (you can't make this stuff up!)exhibitionists, kleptomaniacs, and pedophiles to it's list of persons authorized for disability payments.

Let's just allow that fact to soak in for a moment ...

Why does it seem that only the political Left will argue for an immoral act, and in addition, ask for taxpayer subsidies to support it?  Don't believe that statement?  Go ask N.A.M.B.L.A. and Planned Parenthood.  You can look up the first group on your own.  I get sick to the stomach when I research it.  Planned Parenthood, itself sickening, has been thoroughly studied and is presented extremely well by a fellow blogger, Godfather Politics.  And yes, his piece is well documented.

"According to its latest annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) received $487.4 million in tax dollars over a twelve-month period and performed 329,455 abortions.

Previous Planned Parenthood annual reports showed total funding from “government grants and contracts” (which were $363.2 million in 2009), while this year’s report also accounts for payments from Medicaid managed care plans among the payments the group receives from government.

When compared with previous annual reports, the latest one shows an almost steady increase in the number of abortions performed at its clinics: In 2006, Planned Parenthood did 289,750 abortions; in 2007, it did 305,310; in 2009, it did 331,796; and, in 2010, it did 329,445 — a small decrease from the previous year."

Now, back to Greece.  Here's the real kicker.  As the nation is having all these financial problems while handing out checks to criminals,  the DailyMail is reporting that; 

"Children are being abandoned on Greece's streets by their poverty-stricken families who  cannot afford to look after them any more.
Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast becoming the most tragic human consequence of the Euro crisis."

If moral irony has just smacked you in the face, if you have just risen from the floor after being knocked down by this incredulity, if you have a glimmer of moral acumen left in your heart; then you will most likely survive the future and what is to come after the realization of such injustice.  Greece is giving disability checks to pedophiles while children are being dumped on the streets! 

Now, you may be thinking that I'm picking on Greece, instead of pointing out problems in my own backyard!  No, I have to say, President Obama has now declared that homosexuals and lesbians can serve openly in our military forces and he and congress have worked together to strengthen existing "hate crime" laws almost to the point where this very article may become illegal!  Even my hometown of Orlando now has an official city registry where "gay" couples can sign up so their names can be added to a list of folks receiving city benefits for themselves and their partners.

What Does History, Politics and Morals Have To Do With All This?

Every study, throughout history, of political organizations, empires, conquerors, city-states, and yes, even biblical nations indicate they have all failed, in part, due to a lack of morality and leniency of moral behavior.  If you don't believe me, find an honest historian and ask him.

Think about the Greeks, Romans, Israelites, Babylonians, Persians, Spartans, etc.  They all had problems in this area.  We in modern times are no different.  The U.S., Europe, China, South America - all of us, are having great problems with moral behavior!

There is only one answer, folks - only one.  We must turn away from false gods of any stripe.  We must turn away from pagan ritual and celebration.  We must turn away from the lies and deceits of "progressive thought", which says that sin is just fine for society.  It didn't work for Sodom and Gomorrah, it didn't work for Rome or Greece.  We must turn away from all these things and turn towards the one true God, the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, Yeshua!

This time, it won't simply be a repeat of history.  It will be the end of history.

The Observer

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