What Kind Of Country Are We Becoming

This past week in South Carolina there was a major controversy because Dabo Swinney, the football coach of Clemson University, was slated to accept an award for promoting family values from the Palmetto Family Council. The Council among other things defends the traditional definition of marriage and was labeled a hate group by several radio talk show hosts.
What is happening in this country? Have we forgotten the First Amendment? Have we forgotten the Constitution? Whatever happened to freedom of speech or of religion? It seems that we are not allowed to have our own opinions or follow our religion. No we have to do as the not so silent minority wants. Any one opposed to Gay Marriage has to be a bigot and silenced. We all have to think alike and agree with our rulers. What except for a matter of degree makes us different from Isis? Don’t they force people to agree with them and obey them? Maybe we aren’t killing people yet but there are those who wish we go away.
Is this the country that so many of our soldiers died to defend? How would they feel about this country for which they gave their life’s blood? Would they even recognize it? What would our founding fathers think? Would Washington, Jefferson or Madison approve? Didn’t Jefferson believe that the best government is that “which governs least”?
Is this country really better off since we kicked God out of school in the 60’s? We’ve killed 57 million children. STD’s are at an epidemic level. Drug use and gangs are stronger than ever. We no longer feel safe in our homes. Home security systems are now a big industry and so is protection for identity theft. Has the dropout rate ever been higher? What about underemployment? How many people are forced to accept government benefits? How many live below or close to the poverty level? Can you even keep track of the national debt or the deficit?
What about those who are killed by violence? Watching the Chicago news on summer Mondays, it seems the death toll around Chicago is higher than in Afghanistan. Then there is the violence in Ferguson, NY and Baltimore this year and Sandy Hook a few years back. Even children aren’t safe in school or out of school.
Ask yourself is this country one we should be proud of? Would Washington, Lincoln, either Roosevelt or Martin Luther King Jr. even recognize this country anymore? What happened to freedom, equality, democracy and a respect for the Constitution, the values that made this country a beacon of hope to mankind? It seems we’ve abandoned all the values that made us great for greed and self-centerness.
Why has this country declined so drastically? Maybe would blame the politicians and have good reason. Both parties refuse to work together. They seem more content to get sound bites on TV than to make the sacrifices necessary.
You can blame the Media who’ve promoted a very liberal agenda and whose only God seems to be profit.
But what about ourselves; we’re the ones who tolerated the Media as they gradually pushed the envelope over the past 40 years, dismissing wholesome shows as corny and watching the trash they offer as entertainment. We’ve tolerated politicians who lied to us, who cheated on their wives and supported Planned Parenthood. We were the ones too lazy to dig for the truth and accepted as gospel whatever the networks told us. We voted for politicians who toed the Party Line rather than think for themselves. We fell for the false images they projected rather than take the time to really analyze candidates. We should be ashamed of our ignorance.
Most of all we rejected the teachings of the Church. We did what we wanted and went through the motions of being a Catholic. We became cafeteria Catholics. We felt we could pick and choose what we believed in. There was another word for this attitude during most of history, heretical.
We’ve abandoned prayer and the sacraments. We put our faith in politicians who’ve betrayed us rather than in the all-powerful God we claim to believe in and serve.
The only way to save this country is by prayer, serious daily prayer and evangelization. Instead of worrying about elections, polls and votes we need to be concerned about souls and the heart of America. Instead of changing to fit in with modern values we need to return to God and change this country to fit in with God’s values. Otherwise this country is lost. God’s way not ours is the only answer.

I am again disappointed by your radio show. First you keep saying that Palmetto Family Council wants to repeal the law permitting same-sex marriage. There is no law in SC permitting same-sex marriages. The legislature of SC and the voter of SC never passed any such law. In fact the state constitution of SC defines marriage as between a man and a woman and this was approved by the state legislature and the voters of SC. It was a federal judge who imposed same-sex marriage on SC. At least get your facts straight.
Secondly you imply that anyone opposed to same-sex marriages is guilty of a hate crime even those who religions define it as sin. If you look at the history of Judaism and Christianity it has been considered a violation of God’s law for over 3500 years going back to Sodom at the time of Abraham. Surely, not every Christian and Jew for the past 3500 years is guilty of a hate crime.
We believe that we will face God when we die and have to give an account of ourselves. We will be judged on how we love our neighbor. It is not love to tell you the sin you are involved in is not a sin. It is not love to teach our children that a sin is not a sin. The book of Ezekiel teaches us that we will be judged for our failure to love the sinner.
You are free to believe what you believe. People are free to commit whatever sins they choose. That is between them and their God. I have no objection to same-sex partners having the same rights as married couples. I object to the redefinition of marriage after all of our history.
As Christians we have to be true to our faith and teach our children that faith. That becomes difficult when society teaches the opposition. We are called to hate the sin not the sinner. In all likelihood there are Christians who fail to do that but it is wrong to lump all Christians and Churches as guilty of a hate crime.
The worst part of your show is that you host a Sports talk show. Why are you wasting so much time on these issues? As I have written previously people listen to you to get away from the political nonsense.
Thank you for your attention!

Ronald Quinlan


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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