Look to God, not yourself

These past weeks have been crazy in school. It seems like all I have been doing lately is schoolwork.  I have been very focused on getting everything done, and have been full of stress the entire time. But now, as I look back on it, I realize that I could have had a much easier time. I realize now, that I had been looking to myself  to get things done. If I would have just given God my worries, it would have been alot less stressful, and my last weeks of high school would have been more enjoyable. I find that I do not look to God enough, even though He is always there for me, waiting for me to come to Him with my worries.  I know now that I need to turn to God more in my time of struggles, because if I look to myself, nothing will get accomplished.

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America Desensitized

It seems like America is becoming more and more desensitized to the immoral behavior in our society. Most of the movies that come out now have excessive violence, language, and sexuality, yet we have no second thought about going out to see them. Alot of the music that is being produced has alot of explicit lyrics, but we listen to it anyways. Even T.V. shows contain very offensive material , that 10 years ago would never be allowed to be shown on television, especially during prime time. Now, even the video games that are being played by our nations youth are filled with violence and sex. Its sad, but it seems like America’s morals are headed in a downward spiral, and few are standing up for what is right. We have become numb to violence, and it is accepted in our country. Our country’s media shows more violence than any other of the countries in Europe. We have to be more careful and aware to what we are setting before our eyes and hearing with our ears. We must become more sensitized to what is going on around us, so we can help put an end to it.

Abortion Bombings

As I was reading the news today, I came across an article which covered a story about a bomb planted in an abortion clinic. As I read this, it made me think about all of the “Christians” in the past who have done this,  and how they believe they were doing the right thing.  Some people honestly think they have the right to plant these bombs to take the lives of abortionists and those who are having abortions. Now, do not get me wrong, I believe abortion to be completely morally wrong on every level, but I do not understand how people honestly think that it is their right to take the lives of those around us.  Although these doctors are committing murderous acts, God did not give us the authority to carry out His punishments.  God has given us direct orders to follow the law of our government, unless they go directly against His commands, and last time I checked, murder is defintley not legal in America.

I have heard Christians  on T.V. say in the past that we should have the right to kill those who defile God’s law, but I honestly have no idea where they would have gotten this idea. Christianity teaches to  but to hate the sin committed, but to love the person who is sinning. By murdering people that they believe deserve to die, they are not only committing a sin, but also turning others away from the idea of Christianity. Its “Christians”  like these who are giving other Christians a bad name, when is reality they are disobeying the laws of Christianity. They make it seem like our faith is full of chauvinistic hypoctrites who belive that they are perfect, and are better than everyone else.  I guess that my point is that we as Christians need to be more accepting of those who are not in our faith. We need to show love to all our neighbors, regardless of religious affiliation and moral behavior.

Life taken for granted

“This is the day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalms 118:24

I am sure that most of us have heard that Psalm before, I know that I have heard it alot. But, today I was really thinking about what it means, and it made me realize that we all, myself included, do not value the day’s that have been given to us. It seems like life is taken for granted too often. In our culture , life is lived at a fast pace. We have to go to school and/or work, and get things done. We pile on so many responsibilities and deadlines, that we forget to just stop and thank God for allowing us to be alive. We get so caught up in the pressures of our society, that we do not take the time to think about how privledged we are to live. Each day that we wake up, it is a blessing and gift from God. Not only should we be thankful that God has given us this day , but we should show our graditude to God by doing what he has commanded us to do. I mean, doing His will is the least we can do to show graditude for being alive. Once and a while, we have to just stop everything, and reflect on how gracious God truly is, for allowing us to be alive at this very moment.

Drinking

We have all heard it a million times, underage drinking is bad, and we should not do it. It is common knowledge. However, more and more teenagers are drinking, and it is becoming a huge problem. A recent article that I was reading said, ” On any given day across the country, 5,400 kids under age 16 are taking their first drink, according to the latest research. ” After reading this it made me realize just how foolish many of our youth have become. Drinking may seem harmless, but it is in fact very dangerous. Many teenagers who do not know their boundries, and that can often lead to alcohol poisoning. Not only that, but when cocky teenagers think that they are able to drive after drinking, they risk killing themselves and other innocent people on the road. Each year many people are killed in drunk driving incidents, and most often drunk teenagers are the culprits. I also read that, ” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also says that a person who starts drinking before age 15 is five times more likely to develop alcohol-related problems later in life than someone who waits until age 21.” I believe that that fact is reason enough to avoid underage drinking. Problems such as alcoholism can tear families apart, and that is a good reason to wait until legal age to begin drinking.

But the most important reason of all not to drink underage, is because it is commanded by God to obey the laws that our goverment set forth. 1 Peter 2:13 says, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men; Whether to the King, as the Supreme authority.” God gave our government dominion over us, and since our government has made it a law to wait until we reach the age of 21 to drink, and we should respect that law, which would be respecting God’s law as well.

www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070402/OPINION01/704020319/1069

The Price of Acceptance

Everyone wants to be accepted by their peers, its human nature. However, it seems like people sometimes are willing to go to far to be accepted. I was recently reading an article about two college girls who died in a hazing incident at a california college in 2002. The two girls wanted to be included in a sorority so they agreed to undergo “hazing”. However, during the hazing rituals, the two girls were accidently drowned. These types of hazing acitivities happen all the time in various university sororities and fraternities. It is not only sad, but pathetic how so many youth are willing to be put through the humiliation and potential danger just to be accepted by a small group of people. Even more disgusting are the people who are behind hazing. They act as though people must go through tremendous tasks in order to be accepted by them. Who are they to think this? In reality these types of people are not the ones who are worth being accepted by. It may sound cheesy, but the only types of people worth being accepted by, are the ones who accept you for nothing more than who you really are. You should not have to jump through hoops to be accepted by others, and they should not expect you to.

http://media.www.ncatregister.com/media/storage/paper277/news/2007/03/14/Editorial/Aka-Chapter.Accused.Of.Hazing-2777750.shtml

Manipulating Freedoms

www.nytimes.com/2007/03/20/opinion/20true1.html

Nowadays, it seems like everyone wants to have the rights to do whatever they want. Granted, we are in a free country, but that does not mean that all actions will be tolerated. For example, in 2002, a high school student in Alaska held up a sign during the passing of the Olympic Torch. The sign read, “Bong hits for Jesus.” As a result, the student was suspended for ten days. People soon grew outraged at these actions, and claimed that the student was exercising his freedom of speech, and that this freedom was taken away from him by the school. The case is now in the Supreme Court, trying to prove that the school acted unconstitutionally.”The court should affirm the appeal’s court well-reasoned decision that when the school punished teh student it violated his First Amendment rights.”

I, However, disagree with those who believe that the school was at fault. One of the reaons would be that the banner encouraged drug use, but I know that this would not sway people to my side. The main reaons that I believe the school had complete authority of what they did was because at the time that this event occurred, the school was still in session. Sure, they were not on the campus of the school but the school allowed the students to leave their classes to watch the torch pass. It was pretty much like they were on a field trip. This was still a school event, even though it was not on school grounds.

Even though we may think that we should be allowed to do whatver we want, we can’t. It seems like people will make any excuse to claim that someone is taking away their constitutional rights. People are too often trying to manipulate their freedom, and looking for ways to interperet the Constition to make it say what they want it to.