Where has Christianity gone?

Every morning at work we say the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas State Pledge.  Then we have a moment of silence.  A small victory for religion.  But very small.

Our society was based on a Christian model.  Our founding fathers were mostly protestant, religious men that ran from religious persecution.  They set out to make a country and a government for the people run by the people.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–

The founding fathers knew that religion was a backbone of the new country.

these men professed a belief in God as the Creator of the universe and believed that religion encouraged a moral citizenry, which they deemed essential to the success of the new republic

Okay… that’s all fine and dandy but what I see in today’s country is that people have drifted away from this belief.  People are more interested in self-serving.  They feel they are entitled.  The feel they are only to please themselves.  For the most part….

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe there are good people out there.  I still think the fight is raging.

But we need to go back to helping each other.  We need to hold each other accountable.  We need to raise our children to do the same.  The kids I am seeing today are just above savage animals.  They spit, cuss, only want money and power, look for any easy way to take it.  Nothing is earned.  Nothing is worked for.  If they don’t get respect then they fight.

I’m worried this morning about the decay of values in America.

I’ll be better tomorrow.

I found this video and started thinking about this post from another blogger, http://rodgersthat.org/2015/02/11/thats-what-god-is-for/ .

I wonder what the world would be like if we let Jesus live through you and me?

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Leviticus the Instructor

Leviticus the Instructor

I am feeling very religious today.  Maybe it is because the girls and I had a great time at church this morning?  Maybe it is because the Cowboys obviously had some help from a higher power today when they beat the Lions in the last few minutes?

I’m not sure… But I feel obligated to share with you my experiences today.

I don’t like to get holy and start to spout scripture at you.  Mostly because I know that I could easily become a cult leader, spread the word of Bowrag, put up a donate link and live off my riches…  But I digress.

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Who on the first Sunday of the New Year reads from Leviticus?  Most people just skip over Leviticus.  They are not interested in “Animal Offerings” in Lev 1, diet rules from Lev 11, Purity of childbirth in Lev 12, execution of adulators in Lev 20, or my favorite, anyone that touches a dead four-footed animal is unclean until nightfall.  Lev 11:24.  Again, most Christians just skim this book.  I can’t blame them.

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Leviticus is the book that confuses the holy folks that look down on others for not doing everything the Bible says.  Who is to choose what you can take out of the Bible and make it so?  And ignore other parts?  Again, make sure you slaughter the bull in front of God.

But in skimming this book there are some great nuggets of scripture here.

Leviticus 26:1-13

26 “‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.

“‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.

“‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

“‘I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

“‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. 10 You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. 11 I will put my dwelling place[a] among you, and I will not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

In my interpretation, I can relate these scripture to the problems I have been going through.  If I just believe in God, He is going to take care of me.  Things are going to work out.  Life will be better.  Follow him, believe in him, and whatever happens happens.

There!   That is my take on religion for now.  I promise not to post anything else religious for a few weeks.