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3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: Soon, soon
Bob Weete
Essay

Have you noticed that so many people these days are self-centered, they care only about themselves? Money is right up there at the top of their list of desirable things?

People like to show off, bragging about how good they are, how important and successful, trying, I suppose, to say they are "better" than others? Ever been cut off on the highway by someone who is determined to get there ahead of you? Or even cutting in on you in line at the grocery or drug store? In school we never took "cuts" or we'd be in trouble.

Or those important people who are in a hurry, and don't want to wait their turn and gripe if the line isn't going fast enough to suit them?

Oh, and have you noticed that kids are having more temper tantrums in stores and getting away with it? I once watched a child about 5 years old in a store call his mother, and she was busy paying for a purchase. He then yelled - and I quote - "You come here! And come right now!" And he stamped his foot and pointed his finger to the floor in front of him. I was shocked.

Freedom of speech seems to have made it open license to say anything we want to and about someone else. And with few if any expletives deleted? I thought it was bad in Marine Corps boot camp, but at least those guys were adults. Chronologically. I have heard the same kind of trash roll off the tongues of many teens and I can't believe it! And girls, too!

The news is filled with stories of kids killing their parents, parents killing their babies, people killing their grandparents.

A lot of news time has been spent lately on the Arias woman in Arizona who butchered her boyfriend and she appears so calm about the whole thing.

"Just do it!" they say. We did not "do it" in my day - at least most of us. We had the same kind of urges as youngsters do now, but we had self-respect, respect for others, we had been taught self-control and we learned that wanting something didn't mean that it was automatically to be granted to us or indulged in.

"Thank you" is not expressed nearly as often as in the olden days. We always sat down after Christmas or a birthday to write our thank you notes to all the gift-givers. Seldom happens nowadays. Sad. We are people who are "entitled" to have whatever we want. Immediate gratification is the rule these days. "Please" is seldom heard.

Two girls in my graduation class of about one hundred students got pregnant, and what a major scandal that was. Pregnancy in teens is rampant these days and it appears to be "no big deal". And even worse, abortion is the standard method of "correcting" the situation. And abstinence is obsolete. Schools even provide the condoms, for crying out loud!

Kids slip out the windows of their bedrooms at night, and parents have no idea. Kids have easy access to alcohol and drugs, and even the police are casual about it, possibly because the parents will not do much parenting and they are even afraid to, or they could be arrested.

Marriage? What a silly concept. Marriage used to be a real commitment - for better or worse, in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part. Now, commitment is archaic and we just live together.

Since the beginning of time marriage has been between a man and a woman. Not so, anymore. And we're teaching kids in schools that it's "okay" to be gay.

Morals are old hat. Values are dead, and there is nothing to really guide youth and adults in behavior that leads to more satisfying and productive lives. Consequently, the varied skills, talents, and gifts are wasted on uncaring, slothful people who are then good candidates for powerful people to trap them into modern-age slavery of all kinds.

We want to be "free", with no encumbrances, no values, no common sense. By this choice we are actually enslaving ourselves to others who will take advantage of our weakness.

Yes, that is what this world is like, all too often. What about it? Does the following kind of sound like what I have described above?

"People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people."

This is from the Bible, 2 Timothy, Chapter 3, v. 2-5. It is prophecy describing what it will be like in the "end times". You may scoff at all this. Some do. But is that really smart? I'm not trying to be a party-pooper or anything, but people my age may not have any need to concern ourselves and weigh the pros and cons of our behavior, but if I were quite a bit younger, I believe I would seriously be considering my way of life and want to make a number of changes before the end times really do get here. You know what to do; suck it up and do it. Now. Don't be left behind.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Riddle Me This.

If Evangelicals are for real then they are the one group on Earth that have absolutely no right to complain about ANYTHING! After all everything they do complain about like Gay rights, interracial marriage & breeding, ad infinitum, ALL that is, as we have been told, part of "Gods Plan"! So, by what right do YOU, a child in His Eyes, challenge His Authority and His Word? Are you denying His Perfection? Or are you saying He has "lost His way"? Please, enlighten me on what seems to us simpler minds to be a bunch of (deleted).!

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Peace. With some people no most will say, that you or anybody that tries to win an agenda with the words of God are just Religious Fanatics. If you believe in a god then he will give you the wisdom to outsmart the opposition. If you think something is not right or moral then say so. Because you believe that it is not right or moral. Don't just say. Well God said that it is wrong. And just base your argument on that statement. Why bring God in when most of these people do not believe in him. That's why my argument is that Nature did not make people to mate with the same sex partners. If it was Natural then they could then have their own kids. That is why it is not natural, and they are going against Nature. So who created this world???

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

There you have it Pica...we try to keep God out of many things and that creates a downward spiral. I just started reading a book by Charles Stanely and it's focus is on being Christ centered and not self centered. I am genuinely learning quite a bit from this book...title Poise and Power.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: @ ph

Don't you believe each and everyone of us have things that we will not tolerate, understand nor respect? My father used to say - u have to stand for something or you will fall for ANYTHING!!! I will not be forced to tolerate this new normal. U and your family will not tolerate certain things but that's ok because it's Your family or your beliefs or opinion. Most folks do tolerate it until we have no choice - look at it this way - conservatives don't want abortions or birth control, do want guns - well liberals want abortions, illegals, gays - either way the regular folks like ME - have to pay for it all whether we like it, believe it, respect it or not. The typical hypocrit says we all have to tolerate and be understanding, however, the hypocrit becomes the most vile human being when another opinion is brought up - then there is no tolerance, respect nor understanding. It goes both ways - u will have to understand the other side before u decide what is right. The liberals think they have it all figured out and all we have to do is understand, etc. In the real world of today - the terrorists who will blow us up - will be targeting the so called most understanding liberals - u know why? Because u go against everything they understand, tolerate and respect, i.e. they do not tolerate abortion, homosexuality, illegal immigration, freedom, God, Guns, etc. I will stand for what I think is right and u will have to respect, tolerate and understand that, even though it does not agree with your belief system.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ Peace. I'm trying to keep God, out of this. Natural and Sin are not the same. I'm trying to make my case as in the natural order of life.

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

Pica, God did say that homosexuality is a sin....read on Sodom and Gomorrah chapters 18 and 19.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

Pica....Hmmmm...interesting.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ PEACE, Mijta it's in Black and White. Straight to the point. I tried not to bring religion into this. Ok lets see. Since the beginning of time there have been straight people (The couple that is made up of a man and a woman) and people that like it the other way ( Man with man or Woman with woman). That over time the Couples that are made up opposite sex, Men and a Women. They had children and the group grew. But the same sex couples man with man, women with woman. They could not have any children because Nature did not make their bodies that way. You need two different sex's to procreate or in other words to have a kid you a need a man and a woman. So now over time these people want to go around Nature by adopting children, thus making sure their way of life continues. God never said that Homosexuality was not Natural. It was Mother Nature by not allowing them to have offspring like all other earth creatures.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

No te entiendo Pica Buyas...explicame lo que estas deciendo aqui...por favor amigo.

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

In the good ole days when people still lived in caves. We had groups of people that were made up of Male and Female and two more groups that were comprised of Male and Male and the other group was of Female and Female. Over the ages the Male and the Female groups notice that the other two groups of people did not flourish as their group did. The thing that these two groups had in common was that they were comprised of same sex couples. They also notice that these two groups of individuals could not have offsprings thus insuring their demise over time. Now flash into present time. We now have these two groups of individuals that have grown smarter over the age's. They now understand that they can not procreate because Nature did not make them that way. So now they want to adopt children thus ensuring their survival. Not in passing their DNA but in passing their Ideal way of life thur indoctrination and the so call Tolerance in their way of life. So they now Fight Against Nature and the other group of people this way.

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

Well, my thoughts on this one ? Must we as adults be reminded that we too were children, once upon a time.Gosh, where is the bottom line here? Is there a bottom line? Perception, that is truly what life is about. None of us live each others skin and we do not have full detail as to what a person may or may not be going through.To judge what we do not have the actual facts is not a good thing.....none of us can judge because we all have a past. Let he who hung the the stars in the sky and did not need our help give us the strength and the wisdom to guide others to him ,,,,as he did.

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Article comment by: C W

Nobody can "force" me to tolerate anything I don't believe in, nobody. As always, great article Mr. Weete!

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Article comment by: Crazy Town

Thank You Patty Hassler!!!! You said it so much better than I could. I love your comment and I know you and your family and you are all great examples of real good people who truly make a difference in this world. See you at the recital. :)

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Weete

Continuing to Patty Hassler, I believe, also, that the problems of our generation were not really much different from the current generation. It's just in a bit different context. Sex is sex in whatever generation. The complexities have not changed, but the avoidance of values of right and wrong choices, has made it into a "do whatever you feel like doing don't worry about any consequences that may result from what you do or say." I, too, know that many parents are, indeed, doing "the best they can do". That has not changed since our generation either. It is clear, however, that parents in general are not as diligent in discipline as past generations. I am not saying there is no love or hope there is always that. Saying "no" in certain cases, says more "I love you" than giving them things because "everybody else has it, or does it.

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Weete

With all due respect, you, personally, feel you are teaching "tolerance" and all that stuff, and this is good. However, to say that ALL teachers teach "tolerance" or ALL teachers teach it is "okay" to be gay has not been said, and it is, of course, not true. However, parents need to be aware and know what and how is being taught to their own kids. I do believe, in this day and age calling it "tolerance" is simply a cover for what is taught. Do not assume that I am "pro-abortion". That is far from the truth and is totally ridiculous. I do NOT believe in killing babies. I DO believe that parents and society need to teach children moral values (which include your "tolerance", etc.) It is not for the government to attempt to legislate moral values, since it is clear they are neither capable of it, nor are many of them terribly good examples to follow, and they tend to subscribe to "politically correct" behavior, far removed from morally correct behavior.


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