How Things Have Changed!

Posted by Larry Miller on September 5, 2013 under How | Be the First to Comment

My wife was going through some boxes today and came across a well worn, dog eared Gideon Bible. Inside the front cover was the date July 21, 1943. It was given to my father shortly before he boarded the Queen Mary, along with several thousand other GIs to make the hazardous voyage to England. It’s one of the treasures from the past, a connection to a good man who served his country and took good care of his family.

Looking through this artifact of another time made it abundantly clear how much things have changed. However, one of the things that did not change is the work of the Gideons in providing scriptures throughout our nation and throughout the world. This little New Testament literally was through the war. It’s worn appearance and the notes inside showed that it meant a lot to my father as he was thousands of miles from his family and their farm just outside the village Steinsburg, PA.

The Gideons have New Testaments for different groups of people and this particular one was designed for members of the military. On the second page was a message from President Roosevelt:

As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.

It is true the Franklin Roosevelt was a big government progressive and did many things we may not agree with, yet he respected the Christian nature of our land and, with his concern for the men he sent into battle, wanted to give them as much comfort and encouragement as possible. With the hostility of the current President toward the Christian faith, it is difficult to imagine Barack Hussein Obama doing the same for the men and women sweating it out in the desert sand and heat. In fact, some places in the world, our troops are not even permitted to have such a book in their possession.

During the 40s, our soldiers, sailors and airmen were going all out to defeat an evil enemy. Victory was their goal… not fighting to a stalemate. We did not have bankers, business interests and internationalists preventing any country from experiencing victory, or defeat… it’s bad for business.

Unit cohesion was important in those days. Today, providing advancement opportunities for women, homosexuals and other protected groups is taking precedence. Unfortunately, the concept of “protected classes” does not extend to bullets or bombs on the battlefield. Rules of engagement back then were to kill the enemy. Today, they are not to offend the enemy… if indeed, we can even call them the enemy.

When the allies, especially the Americans were victorious, they came home to cheering crowds. Today, not even our government and our formerly mainstream media has any appreciation for these men and women who are making such sacrifices. When they come home, the ones that are still in one piece are looked upon with suspicion by the very government they served. Those who have been wounded have to fight once again for the services they need… often having to get what they and their families need from private charities.

And now, we see what could be the ultimate insult to our courageous fighting men, they are on the verge of being asked to fight for the benefit of the very same people who savagely attacked our country on September 11, 2001. We have fallen dramatically from fighting for good to allowing our president to use “his military”, these fine young men and women, to “stand with the Muslims”.

It was obvious to my fathers generation who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. Today, we are about to be involved in a conflict where there are no good guys, and any side we support would be the wrong one. This is what happens when a nation loses its moral compass. And the people in Washington have lost their moral compass and are leading us down the path to destruction.

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