A STORM OF MIXED VALUES
Donald R. Fox
NATIONAL SECURITY: Lately there has been a mish-mash of articles and rhetoric from a variety of peoples stating that we, the USA, cannot violate our values. This sprigs from the so-called torture of known terrorists who had information, because we needed to protect the citizenship of our nation. Personally, I believe the use of the word torture is over stated. O yes, we need to obtain information from these terrorists who would love to cut our throats or better yet set off an atomic bomb in down-town Manhattan. The greatest responsibility of government is to protect its citizens!
Some critics are now condemning the USA for the way we conducted war operations during WW2. What our government did during this era was to end a terrible worldwide war. Our President, our Generals and right down to the foot soldiers and sailors, did their job; they won the war bringing peace. How dare some present-day Americans to condemn our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers for what they did during this Great War? Some sound off on subjects, they know nothing about and say, “It’s against our values." This is pure nonsense! I am being judgmental now: some who make such a type of statements don’t understand what true values or standards are.
Now to the point: As citizens, we need to allow our armed forces, CIA and other type National Security agencies to do their job. Period! The type of loose-lip talking, we have today would not have been tolerated during WW2. In my opinion, the word treason needs to be brushed off and used again. Many of these modern liberal critics are giving “aid and comfort” to our enemies. Mark that down!
ETHICAL AND MORAL ISSUES: There have always been “gay folks” and the like. In times past they lived a quieter and reserved life-style. They did not push themselves on the general public within your face hate speech, demanding you accept his or her life style as normal. There are the militant demanding and acceptance of same-sex marriage with the ridicule of anyone who defends “traditional marriage between a man and a woman." Truly, a mixed value storm! Traditionally, marriage between one man and one woman is a long established and accepted value system, is it not?
THE WORD OF GOD IS THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUE VALUES: When God’s standards are applied; there are great stability and peace in our society. The huge problem is that man has determined to be his own judge as to values. Their wants, determines and decides what is right or wrong. Not so! The do your own thing crowd may spout their value system; however, that does not make it right. We must not allow ourselves to drift toward a wrong value system. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must be very careful, “that we hence forth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the slight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" (Ephesians 4:14).
“A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6; 21:25)
“In the midst of all this confusion and despite the seeming victory of the forces of evil if we will keep our heads we will not be shaken from our steadfastness or moved away from the hope of the gospel.”
“One Ship drives East and another West,
While the self same breezes blow;
‘Tis the set of the sail and not the gale
That determines the way they go
As the winds of the sea so ways of fate
As we journey along through life,
’Tis the set of the soul that decides the goal
And not the calm or the strife.”
(Reference: Page 162-163, Forty Years On The Firing Line, by G. C. Brewer, Copyright, 1948 by Old Paths Book Club, Kansas City, Missouri)
NOTE: See essays titled “VALUES” and “WISHY WASHY ETHICS” for additional study.