Slide 1: I Hope this catches U the way it caught me! Slide 2: In light of the many perversions and jokes we send along to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:This joke today is not intended to be a joke, it's not intended to be funny, it's intended to get you thinking. Slide 3: A prominent American was interviewed on the Early Show and the interviewer asked them,
"How could God let something like this happen?"
(Regarding the attacks on September 11) Slide 4: They gave an extremely profound and insightful response.
(edited to encompass all religions and general tenets of personal behaviour)
"I believe any God would be deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been taking the basic teachings out of our schools, out of our government and out of our lives. And by doing so have forced those basic rules of life out of our lives. How can we expect anyone to respect anyone else if they don’t know why they should do so?” Slide 5: In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc, I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her bodyfound recently) 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. Slide 6: Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we mightdamage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.
And we said OK. Slide 7: Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. The school administrators said no facultymember in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued (there's a big difference between disciplining, touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc.)
And we said OK. Slide 8: Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents.
And we said OK. Slide 9: Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms theywant so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school.
And we said OK. Slide 10: Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesn'tmatter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good. Slide 11: Then someone said let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body.
And we said OK. Slide 12: And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then further again by making them available on the Internet.
And we said OK, they're entitled to free speech. Slide 13: Then the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Let's record music thatencourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and occultish themes. And we said it's just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead. Slide 14: 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 killstrangers, their classmates, and themselves. Slide 15: Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out! Slide 16: I think it has a great deal to do with
"WE REAP WHAT WE SOW." Slide 17: Funny how simple it is for people to trash age old teachings whether they be based on a Godhead or not and then wonder why the world has become so unsafe, unstable and seemingly out of control. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what our religious teachers of all faiths have taught us for centuries. Slide 18: Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding religion, peoplethink twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of religious beliefs is suppressed in schools and the work place. Slide 19: Are you laughing? Slide 20: 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 we think of ourselves.
Or, if you like, what GOD thinks of us. Slide 21: 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! Slide 22: Are you thinking?