Sunday, May 17, 2009

Right Before Our Eyes

“The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false." Historian Paul Johnson

The President made one of his perpetual campaign stops in Phoenix last Wednesday and delivered a commencement address at Arizona State University. He had this to say in the body of his speech:

We've become accustomed to our economic dominance in the world, forgetting that it wasn't reckless deals and get-rich-quick schemes that got us there; but hard work and smart ideas -quality products and wise investments. So we started taking shortcuts. We started living on credit, instead of building up savings. We saw businesses focus more on rebranding and repackaging than innovating and developing new ideas and products that improve our lives.

Now according to him we are no longer a Christian nation. So, let me see... "we started taking shortcuts, living on credit, not saving". I could make a much larger list of reasons that we're in trouble that stem from the loss of the reference point that is our Christian heritage. But that heritage comes with "baggage" that involves being accountable to a holy and righteous God. This simply will not do; so Obama and all those who elected him, in their arrogance of thinking they can fix the stuff they want to fix, while letting the other be, are going to go it alone. It's amazing how close so many can be to the truth, and miss it.

"You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them." Mt 13:14-15

(click here for entire speech )


Susan said...

Amen, Amen!!!

Interesting he said this "We started living on credit, instead of building up savings." WHAT does he think he is forcing our country to do!!!!! All his "programs" fall into this tactic.

Elizabeth said...

I know someone who went to see him speak at ASU and said it was amazing, and inspiring...I think it's amazing that people are so caught up in his charisma and moving speeches, that they don't see what he is actually doing.

Stan said...

(Pssst! It was Wednesday, not Friday. But that's neither here nor there.)

I read that from him and it bothered me as well. His suggestion? We need to stop being Capitalists and starting being Socialists. Oh, no, he never made such a statement. But that's what he believes. The fact that what he is recommending has worked in no other nation that has tried it is irrelevant. The fact that the real problem (sin) isn't allowed to be mentioned means that it will also not be addressed.

Kathy said...

Nonsensical. The speeches, the plans. Pretty much nonsensical. The scripture you referenced describes well the followers and the followee. Father in Heaven, do not let us fall asleep to the drone of the Godless voices of our day. All the more reason we MUST be in the Word and in prayer, or we'll be caught up in the stuff just like everyone else.

Dan said...


You've hit on another "somehow". You're expected to just keep following like a sheep and stop asking the faithless questions.


I'm also inspired... to resists anyway I can, to point out the fallacies, and to learn as much as I can. The speech transcripts are linked at the bottom of the post. Check it out. Much of it would actually be inspiring if it were not laced with so much amoral moralizing and he really meant and could exemplify what he was saying.


Thx, I fixed it.

Well said, he points at some sin, calls it evil, then somehow rejects sin.


Excellent admonition.