Morehead City, N.C.

Nov.26, 2022

TO THE EDITOR:

Each year about this time, I am reminded of a balmy Sunday morning in Oakland, California. I was eight and my Dad and Mom and I were standing in the back yard of our apartment building—an old house—talking to a neighbor’s wife. My Dad was home on a weekend pass from Fort Ord, and was in civvies. It was a nice day until the woman’s husband came around the corner of the house to tell us that the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor.

My Dad stood for a moment, then went into the house without saying a word. He came out several minutes later, wearing his ODs and carrying his portable radio. He kissed my mother and me goodbye and left for the street, where he would hitchhike his way back to Fort Ord.

I didn’t know where or what Pearl Harbor was, but within a day I knew that my country was at war. I didn’t fully understand the consequences, but I was confident America would win.

Today, my question is: what did we win?

Today’s America is completely different than it was on December 7, 1941. Back in the day, Mom worked at the local laundry for $7.50 a week. In working as a salary administrator for eighteen years, I was privy to seven-digit salaries. I thought it obscene. How could anyone be worth that much money?

We now live in a society that seems determined to reverse and reject every tradition, every moral belief, everything once held sacred, and especially everything Christian. Sexual perversion and gender nonsense are being pressed upon some of our school children. Violent criminals are released into society without bail or jail. Government control of the individual American is growing at an accelerating rate. A handshake no longer suffices as a contract even between friends. Christian mottos and symbols are being removed from our buildings, schools, and every place that is in the public view. I could cite other woes, but if the reader is paying attention to the news, he also knows what changes for the worse are taking place.

According to French writer and philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, America’s strength and stability was in its Christian faith. And now this letter has come to the root of America’s ills: we have abandoned God. What’s worse—I believe—He seems to have abandoned America.

One can argue that our problems originate with the Democrats or the Republicans; the “woke crowd” or the conservatives; the Trump haters or the Biden lovers; the January Sixth rioters or the mobs who burned Portland and Seattle. One truth rings clear to me. All the bad things that have happened to our country in the past several decades have a common origin. As a nation, we have rejected God and no longer have His blessings.

Indeed, French writer and philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville attributed America’s strength and stability to its reliance on the Christian religion as the moral foundation of our society. Today’s pastors in the pulpits are still trying to keep us straight, but now only a few Americans pay attention to them.

I’ll conclude this with the consequences of 2 Chronicles 7:14, which is 2 Chronicles 7:19-20: But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my name.

We had better think and pray about it before it’s too late. Another Pearl Harbor is lurking, and this time we need not fear the Japanese. We have brought it upon ourselves.

JERE GEURIN

(6) comments

drewski

Freedom of religion includes freedom from religion. You are free to believe whatever you wish, but not impose your beliefs on others. often folks long for the "good old days" forgetting that they weren't all that good. Focusing on what YOU perceive as problems and ignoring the wonders in our modern world leads to a lopsided view, skewed in favor of a largely imaginary past. the founding fathers were wise in insisting on the establishment clause as part of the constitution. Religious zealots of all stripes have been the cause of much of the death and destruction in human history.

SgtRock1968

Yeah, I don't remember those 'good ol' days' as being that good, either.

The comment about de Toqueville and 'Christianity' is somewhat misleading. Alex thought a very specific type of 'Christianity' tied into America's 'strength and stability;' that was Puritanism. Yeah, the people who brought us the Salem witch trials. Murrica.

If one is going to toss colonial era religion into the mix as a foundational American concept, one would be better advised to examine Roger Williams' "The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience, Discussed in a Conference between Truth and Peace."

Those "Ozzie and Harriet" and "Leave it to Beaver" days were fiction; while Ward was coming home to his nice home with June perfectly coiffed, wearing heels, and properly made up, ready at the door with his newspaper and pipe and dinner on the table ... "strange fruit" was hanging from America's lampposts.

But of course, we don't want to talk about that, and we certainly don't want to teach any of that in our schools.

Let's continue on, instead, with a fictional view of America that hides the truth of disenfranchised populations, crushed beneath the bootheel of America's white 'Christianity.'

No thanks.

I like living in the here and now. I would rather join Drewski in embracing the "wonders in our modern world."

dc

You've stated your negative attitudes of practicing religion. The five blue zones of the world seem to make their religion one of the center pieces in their long lives.

JusticeForAll

We actually live in one of the most peaceful times in our existence on this planet. What is happening is the rapid onset of technology to help humans understand the complexity of life. Science has allowed us to learn about our species, our planet. We must recognize facts and information that allows us to survive in this world as well as we can. Making up a fairy tale and trying to live it real time, only appeases our wants and desires and leaves us empty in the end.

Living is our lucky break. Embrace it. Love it, warts and all.

dc

Right, peace broke out in the world under your previous president but that was just by chance wasn't it? Then, what happened? Whether practicing a religion is a fantasy or not it seems to be beneficial to certain groups ( e.g. those groups living long lives in the world's blue zones). There can be good and bad religions or fantasies if you choose to call them that. After all a religion is simply a belief system. We all have them whether you admit it or not. Atheism is one.

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