Annoying Chain E-mails
I had great fun responding to the following chain e-mail:
>>> > 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 the> attacks on Sept. 11).> >> 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 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.> >> 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 (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an> expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.> >> 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?> >> 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.> >> 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!> >
Typical Americans to think that...
- spanking their children
- implementing literalist readings of the Bible in school
- imposing a particular religion on school children
- passing on reactionary e-mails
...will solve the problems of the world!
Yes, O daughter-of-Billy-Graham, you do "REAP WHAT YOU SOW".
Sow a global order based on cultural and economic imperialism and what do youexpect? Interact with the world with a gung-ho sumpremicist mindset and why onearth are you surprised that people want to bomb you? Try to reinstatepatriarchy and 1950's family values and you wonder why "the world has gone tohell"? WWJD? Invade Afghanistan? Refuse to sign the Kyoto Protocol?
God is probably not laughing.
I have my own list of "funny hows". Funny how people think God is an American.Funny how they probably think he's white, and male on top of it all. Funny how"He" is apparently incredibly interested in how we pay lip-service to him inschools but not at all interested in global politics, or the way in which weare destroying the planet.
Funny how you'll probably label me a raving Leftist. Funny that, cos I'mprobably Right of Jesus. And rumour has it, Jesus is to the Right of God... :)
Let's stop trying to create the Lord in our own image. You can be ALL FOR JESUSand all against this type of reactionary drivel! Pass THIS on, why don't you