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Constitution has been abused
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The Constitution of the United States of America
is and has been “abused” mostly by the unscrupulous,
greedy, immoral people.
The Supreme Court has passed laws the majority of
the people of the United States of America do not want or believe in.
Through the above mentioned, there is a law that
cant ell the American people where they can pray, when hey can pray or
if they can pray.
There is little morality now in America - almost
anything goes through the above mentioned.
“The right to free speech with no
boundaries and “the pursuit of happiness” with no
boundaries have been abused. One can do almost anything and turn
it around to pursuing happiness. The Constitution gives me that right.
One can say almost anything. They can say, “I have a right
through the Constitution. I have a right to free speech.” And
they say it is a law; the Supreme Court says so.
The Constitution, I like to think, (I?have read
and studied the entire document in school and more) was meant for GOOD
in so many ways. But, much has been used the other way around.
The Constitution and the Supreme Court is not my
God or my Bible. But through, again the above mentioned, they have
caused the American people, on threat of imprisonment or federal funds
stopped, to schools, etc. to have to follow those very laws that are
offensive to most of us.
Nadine Hood Overstreet
Thanksgiving is the holiday Americans have
forgotten. Of course, retail stores have literally jumped from
Halloween to Christmas for years with Thanksgiving serving more as
Black Friday eve than anything else. But worse than that: families are
being diverted from giving thanks together as families, and are being
divided into hunting, shopping, and football parties.
One of the many contrasts in scripture is between
those who give thanks to God and those who don’t. The Apostle
Paul points out repercussions of not giving thanks: “For even
though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks;
but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart
was darkened. “ Romans 1:21
Failing to give thanks to God from Whom all
blessings flow is a sure sign of cultural and moral degradation. In
elementary school, we used to learn about pilgrims who gave thanks to
God for bringing them safely to America where they could worship as God
led them. Do schools still teach about pilgrims coming to America
seeking freedom of religion?
I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home
with a family tradition of giving God thanks and glory for all His
provisions. Every year we would trek to Saulsbury, Tenn., to share a
bountiful Thanksgiving meal with cousins, uncles, aunts, and
grandparents. It was a glorious tradition!
We enjoyed turkey and dressing (two kinds: one
with onions and one without), real, not canned, cranberry sauce, a wide
assortment of casseroles and vegetables, and special treats like
ambrosia! One table was reserved for desserts ranging from coconut cake
to pecan, sweet potato, and pumpkin pies, as well as fruit cobblers. My
grandmother always made a bowl of country spaghetti, just in case we
didn’t have enough food!
As we all gathered around the tables that made
one long table, Granddaddy would always pray, thanking God for all the
blessings He had given to our family in the past year, and thanking Him
for all the blessings He continued giving to us. It was not so much
asking God to bless our food. It was about giving thanks. It was a
reminder of where all this abundant food came from. And, it was a
reminder of where all blessings come from.
This year was the first year in two or
three decades our family returned to Saulsbury for Thanksgiving. This
year, I was the oldest family member. We celebrated by eating a big
feast with many of the old favorites, and probably a few new favorites.
We caught up with each other and talked about what’s coming up in
the new year. And, we gave thanks to God for His most bountiful
blessings with which He has continued to bless us all these years.
We live in a fallen world in which fewer and
fewer people take time to give thanks for God’s blessings.
Failing to acknowledge God, to honor Him and to give thanks surely
makes people bitter and jealous. It’s our choice. We can go with
the flood of people who are too busy with all the stuff to make time to
give thanks. Or, we can choose to thank God as individuals and as
families and enjoy the blessings He has continually provided for us.