Have we all lost our minds?


Based on recent news events, how could anyone think otherwise? Yet, just because politicians or the News Media say something is so, doesn’t make it so. For example…

1) Just because Bruce Jenner wants to be a woman doesn’t make him one. I may want to be an Olympic athlete. If I suddenly started dressing like one and appearing on talk shows declaring to the world that I was an Olympic athlete, would that make me one? Hardly. Bruce Jenner is a deeply disturbed man, not a woman. But we have lost our ability to judge the genuine from the fake.

2) Just because two people of the same sex say they’re married doesn’t make it so. Nor does it necessarily hold true that someone who is against gay marriage dislikes gay people. A gay person can be against gay marriage if he or she believes the Bible is true. Marriage is an institution – some would say a covenant – established by God, not the State. Therefore, shouldn’t God be the one to define it? He has, but the State, along with some very misinformed Christians, have decided they know better.

3) Just because some folks have decided the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate doesn’t make it so. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson would never have fought for a flag that represented hate. They were deeply loving, Christian men that believed in treating all men fairly. Now, flying the Confederate flag may be in bad taste, even unfeeling. But that is hardly hate. What gets me is that Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people in a Charleston church because he hates black people, and who appears in a photo on a web site waving a Confederate flag, is also wearing a Gold’s Gym shirt in the same photo. Yet, no one has called Gold’s Gym a symbol of hate and demanded that Gold’s Gyms be torn down across the country. Wouldn’t the same logic that makes the flag a hate symbol make that well-known gym a hate symbol, too?

4) Just because some people say that the proliferation of guns in this country has led to an increase in violence or crime doesn’t make it so. Over half of all gun-related deaths are suicides, and suicides rank around #10 on the list of causes of death in this country. Accidental deaths, which include auto accidents, rank #5. Last year, Great Britain, who all but prohibits private ownership of firearms, had 14 murders involving firearms, as compared to 9,369 in this country. Yet, their total crime rate was over half ours, even though their population is less than one-sixth ours. That’s over three times the crime, per capita. So, has eliminating guns really helped the Brits curb violence? I don’t think so. If someone really wants to commit a crime, or even suicide, they can find many other means of doing so besides guns. Thinking people understand this, but we are no longer thinking people.

I could go on, but you get the point: we have become people that are driven by emotions and the Media rather than logic and God. We need to get back to what made America great in the first place: ordinary people thinking extraordinary thoughts. Think about it.

Waitsel Smith



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