FROM CBS SUNDAY MORNING — Finding God

 

 
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

 

My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

 

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

 

In light of recent events….. terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) 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.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay. (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide.)

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 kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet? 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 God thinks of us.

 

My best regards, honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

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Forwarded by: Anna C.

Memo From God

 

 

To:             YOU
Date:          TODAY
From:          GOD
Subject:       YOURSELF
Reference:   LIFE

This is God.  Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I do Not need your help.  So, have a nice day.
I l ove you.

P.S.  And, remember…
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do Not attempt to resolve it yourself!  Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME.  All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.
 

   

 Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it.  Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.  

   

 If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.  

 

Should you have a bad day at work; think of the man who has been out of work for years.  

   

 Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.  

   

 Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.  

   

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.  

   

 Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.  

   

 Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.  

   

 Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!  

   

 Should you decide to send this to a friend; Thank you. You may have touched their life in ways you will never know!
Now, you have a nice day.

                           

God  

 

Forwarded by: Ryan Val (thru batch90sjhs yahoogroups)

Milk From God

> A young man had been to Wednesday Night Bible Study.
>
> The Pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying
> the Lord’s voice.
>
> The young man couldn’t help but wonder, ‘Does God
> still speak to people?’
>
> After service, he went out with some friends for coffee and
> pie and they discussed the message.
> Several different ones talked about how God had led them in
> different ways.
>
> It was about ten o’clock when the yo ung man started
> driving home. Sitting in his car, he just began to pray,
> ‘God…If you still speak to people, speak to me. I will
> listen. I will do my best to obey.’
>
> As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the
> strangest thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.
>
> He shook his head and said out loud, ‘God is that
> you?’ He didn’t get a reply and started on toward
> home.
>
> But again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk.
>
> The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn’t
> recognize the voice of God, and how little Samuel ran to
> Eli.
>
> ‘Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the
> milk..’ It didn’t seem like too hard a test of
> obedience. He could always use the milk. He stopped and
> purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.
>
> As he passed Seven th Street, he again felt the urge,
> ‘Turn Down that street.’
>
> This is crazy he thought, and drove on past the
> intersection.
>
> Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street.
>
> At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down
> Seventh.
>
> Half jokingly, he said out loud,
>
> ‘Okay, God, I will..’
>
> He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he
> should stop He pulled over to the curb and looked around. He
> was in a semi- commercial area of town. It wasn’t the
> best but it wasn’t the worst of neighborhoods either.
>
> The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked
> dark like the people were already in bed.
>
> Again, he sensed something, ‘Go and give the milk to
> the people in the house across the street.’ The young
> man looked at the house. It was dark and it looked like the
> people were either gone or they were already asleep. He
> started to open the door and then sat back in the car seat.
>
> ‘Lord, this is insane. Those people are asleep and if I
> wake them up, they are going
> to be mad and I will look stupid.’ Again, he felt like
> he should go and give the milk.
>
> Finally, he opened the door, ‘Okay God, if this is you,
> I will go to the door and I will give them the milk. If you
> want me to look like a crazy person, okay. I want to be
> obedient. I guess that will count for some thing, but if
> they don’t answer right away, I am out of here.’
>
> He walked across the stree t and rang the bell. He could
> hear some noise inside. A man’s voice yelled
> out, ‘Who is it? What do you want?’ Then the door
> opened before the young man could get away.
>
> The man was standing there in his jeans and T-shirt. He
> looked like he just got out of bed. He had a strange look on
> his face and he didn’t seem too happy to have some
> stranger standing on his doorstep. ‘What is it?’
>
> The young man thrust out the gallon of milk, ‘Here, I
> brought this to you.’ The man took the milk and rushed
> down a hallway.
>
> Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk
> toward the kitchen. The man was following her holding a
> baby. The baby was crying. The man had tears streaming down
> his face.
>
> The man began speaking and half crying, ‘We were just
> praying. We had
> some big bills this month and we ran out of money. We
> didn’t have any milk for our baby. I was just pr aying
> and asking God to show me how to get some milk.’
>
> His wife in the kitchen yelled out, ‘I ask him to send
> an Angel with some. Are you an Angel?’
>
> The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all
> the money he had on him and put in the man’s hand. He
> turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were
> streaming down his face.
>
> He knew that God still answers prayers.

 

Forwarded by: Sharon