Monday, August 08, 2005

Sacred Intent: Buried By Greed

Former Vietnam veteran Chris Christensen, who lives in a small Texas town, has traditionally voted Republican and owns guns, tells the story of his son's 19 year old friend, Christopher, who died in Iraq.

A product of our culture which celebrates violence through film, television and video games, that child had no idea what he was in for. It was all an exciting game for him in which he would get to leave his humdrum life in a small town and be "a hero."

He did not die a hero. He died a victim of a lifetime of programming that prepared him for sacrifice.

America is on the wrong path.

Our sacred intent - the one which inspired our founding fathers to found this country for the purpose of nurturing the human spirit - has been buried by greed.

Our culture is dominated by those who make money through producing products that are crushing us with urges toward violence.

And the administration of this country is filled with men who have no problem sacrificing others to political and power amassing agendas that benefit them and the countless corporations that benefit financially from wars.

Divine intent has turned into arrogant destruction.

Yet few Americans truly grasp just how far from her ideals America has gone.

But there are no victims, only volunteers.

It is up to us to pay attention, to ask the hard questions and make the difficult choices that will stop feeding our society's addiction to violence and chaos.

It must start with us and our children. For we are the ones who bring our children in the world and then allow such forces to pollute them so they are not able to differentiate between a war of last resort and a war of choice.

We are the ones raising children who think it would be an adventure to go and blow up a "few Iraqis."

We are in control of the remote, the television and what is bought and played.

If we do not come wake up from the hypnosis under which we have been placed by the media, if we do not begin making those hard choices and decide - no matter what - to learn to choose peace, our nation will continue on this path and we will become a sea of tears.

Ezekiel 6:5-6:

I will lay the corpses of the children ...before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars.

In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols maybe be broken and made to cease...and your works may be abolished.

Our children are becoming corpses for the sake of our idols - violence, materialism and false pride.

Is the price worth it?


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