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June 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey...July 2015

   As a college student in the ‘60’s I noticed with alarm new trends on many state or private campuses. Marchers carried protest posters and cars displayed bumper stickers that tried to declare “God Is Dead.” Others claimed, “The Devil Made Me Do It” or “If It Feels Good, Do It.” Joseph Fletcher’s book on situation ethics (do whatever the situation calls for, with no absolutes) was favored by many students, likely raised by parents using Dr. Benjamin Spock’s ultra-permissive child-rearing books.

   I highly suspect we are reaping the fruit of those days of rebellion. Bible reading, prayer and copies of the Ten Commandments were essentially removed from schools and abortion became “legalized.” Marriage and divorce experienced great shifts in acceptability. Now, when random college students are interviewed by TV journalists on streets, campuses and beaches, it is evident their answers to even the simplest historical and political questions are unbelievably devoid of knowledge and their moral compasses seem non-existent. Life, from the womb to the tomb, seemingly has little value in the minds of many.

   I have long felt that if people could convince themselves that “God Is Dead,” then they are handily unaccountable to anyone for any actions they choose to take, any decisions they choose to make. After all, if there is no God, then what can He expect of you or do to you??? Sin is real and freedom is not a license to sin.

   It is high time that humans—ALL created by the one holy God—understand that a cardstock poster board with a marker message, a plastic bumper sticker or a manmade law, will not, absolutely cannot, do away with God! The God Who made us all and Who gave us this majestically beautiful Earth to live on, precisely placed among the heavenly bodies of endless universes, is not threatened by, nor destroyed by such pitifully, futile attempts.

   How sad to resist so fully the greatest and most sacrificial love ever displayed, when He already GAVE the life of His Son for us so that we could live with Him in eternal peace and forgiveness. There is only one (evil) source who has tried repeatedly through the ages to silence the message of that great love gift. He has already lost that “war” eons ago. However, he will battle his fate to the end and we often find ourselves caught in the crossfires.

“For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

   That, dear friends, is where we find true liberation/freedom in life…whether we reside in this traditionally great nation of America or anywhere else on planet Earth!

Marsha Cook


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