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I just got this email. There were no quotation marks included in the message, so I’m not exactly sure what are Ben’s words and what are the words of the original writer of the email. But all of the words are true.

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 (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

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?

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August 29, 2009 at 6:44 am

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want want want

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I want these in black.

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August 27, 2009 at 5:53 am

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God: 1 Me: 0

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An update (more of a follow-up) from my ‘what is this?‘ post from July:


I’m going to South Africa for two weeks in either the Spring of ’10 or ’11 to work in an orphanage. And this is how it came about:

I, obviously, had been struggling with where my life was (or was not) going and with what I was (or was not) doing with my gifts and my time. As you would notice from posts pasts, I had been questioning the meaning of my life – the purpose of my life, I should say – and was really feeling a tug on my heart to change something, but I didn’t know how or what it was that I needed to change. I felt like service was my calling – but how would I serve? Where?

So, I challenged God. Nothing I’ve ever done before, no. I’ve prayed for things before – for guidance and wisdom – but would never have dreamed of actually challenging what I knew my heart was telling me to do. (What I knew God was telling me to do.)

On my way to work one day, I told God that I knew I was supposed to serve. I understood that much. But I asked God, “how? and where? I refuse to uproot my new family just because of this “urge” I have to go serve…” I thought, “there has to be somewhere within the community that I can fulfill this purpose.” So I told God that if He provided me with a way to do this – to serve – without having to make a huge, permanent move and without having to expend a lot of funds, I would go. (I know that is horrible, but, I was challenging God – that is horrible enough on its own. Get over it.) I also told God that I wanted to serve someone and somewhere where it was a desperate situation. I had always heard and known of various mission trips, but I had never gone on one. I wanted that sort of opportunity; not to build a house or church or school, but to actually teach God’s Word.

And guess what? God stepped up to the challenge, and completely kicked my hiney. (As if we’re surpised, right?) Within a week, I met a couple at a small group that just happened to be missionaries living in South Africa. I thought, “seriously? Okay God, I get it – they’re missionaries. Haha, very funny.” So I told myself (and God) that if this couple were to provide the opportunity that I had challenged God to show me, that of course, I would go. But I didn’t say a word to them about it that evening.

Within a week after that, the couple was speaking at our church about service and about their work in SA. They showed a video (which made me cry) and spoke about our callings – how each and every one of us has been called to serve. Maybe not in SA, maybe not in Mexico, or some other place foreign to us. Maybe just in our own countries, or in our own communities, or in our own homes! Service is why we are here. Service is why I am here.

So, of course, I surrendered. I got the point. Every single thing I had challenged God on was there before me. Everything I had been praying about for the past several months had been answered within a two-week period.

Time for fund-raisers!

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August 16, 2009 at 5:42 am

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I have posted a bit of this before – it’s from my friend’s blog. He really does say (write) all of the right things.

Here’s a little more of it again, my favorite post to date:

you cannot compare the lives of two different people to each other (one who professes to follow Christ and one who does not) and expect to have a fair argument. we wouldn’t do that with other arguments, so why would we do that with Christ or with Christianity?

for example, you wouldn’t say, “this guy has never had knee problems at all, but that guy is always seeing the doctor and he has terrible knees!” and expect to have an argument against physicians. no, the problem is not with the physician, it is with the knees this man has had handed down to him from his parents.

the comparison must always be between the condition of the man’s knees before he ever stepped foot into the physician’s office and their condition after receiving the physician’s treatment for a period. that is how we must treat this situation if we are looking for a fair comparison.

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August 16, 2009 at 5:31 am

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Hmm… I’m pretty sure I want everything they have to offer. Off to Macy’s!

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August 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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2009

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Weren’t we supposed to have jet-packs by now?

Where’s mine?

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August 7, 2009 at 11:29 pm

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