Monday, April 22, 2013

AMERICA GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET? Hardly!

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
IF WE ARE TO GO FORWARD, WE MUST GO BACK AND REDISCOVER 
THOSE PRECIOUS VALUES - THAT ALL REALITY HINGES ON MORAL 
FOUNDATIONS AND THAT ALL REALITY HAS SPIRITUAL CONTROL.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

WE MUST ADJUST TO THE CHANGING TIMES 
AND STILL HOLD ONTO OUR UNCHANGING PRINCIPLES - Jimmy Carter

Conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, opines that "There is such cultural rot taking place, such a disintegration throughout our culture.  Values, Morality, you name it.  Standards have been relaxed, and people are not held to them.  People's intentions, if they're said to be good, that's all that matters".  

"ALL THAT MATTERS?"  A case can be made that America is "going to hell in a hand basket" but that is not the whole case.  Yesterday, I saw 18 good reasons why it is not!


GREAT THINGS ARE NOT ACCOMPLISHED BY THOSE WHO YIELD 
TO TRENDS AND FADS AND POPULAR OPINION - Jack Kerouac

My 14-year-old grandson, James Riley Pierce Boggs, seen on the left with his parents, Jack and Kimberly Boggs, graduated yesterday in the 2013 Confirmation Class of the Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church.  Along with his other 17 class members, Riley took his Christian vow to be a Christ follower throughout his life.  America's hope lies in the vows of such young people.  (Riley on the extreme right above).

Their vows were clearly their own, not their pastor's nor their parents.

FOLLOW SOUND TRENDS, NOT FASHION TRENDS - Janice Dickinson

John Wesley, mid 18th century church founder, said "Though we may not think alike, may we not all love alike?"  The class learned that the church's belief of "In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty, in all things, charity" allowed such diverse fellow church members as President George W. Bush (R) and Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton (D).  Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as a domain of awareness where we experience truth, goodness, beauty, love, tolerance and compassion.



In addition to the once-a-week study for eight months, the eighteen young men and women, TOMORROW'S LEADERS ALL, visited other religious groups and performed community services.  They attended Jewish, Roman Catholic and African American Apostolic Pentecostal services.  Riley's mother was concerned when informed that she would be called for Riley's pickup time from the Apostolic service because they never knew "How long the Spirit would lead".   She knew his teachings had been successful when informed that they enjoyed, what they referred to as the "Rock and Roll" church, the best....had never been hugged so much by so many different people.

DON'T FOLLOW TRENDS, START TRENDS - Frank Capra

John and I were lucky because our mother was a strong woman with high expectations and a strong sense of values", so said Caroline Kennedy.  Riley came from like family stock.  His great aunt Rose, pictured left, well past 90 years-of-age, still lives alone taking care of herself, without the need for any medications.  She, along with many others, attended a catered reception held for Riley by his parents.  Gov. Rick Perry said "We've got the world by the tail now.  Americans are waking up to the realities of their previous choices.  We must keep America moving back to preeminence because her values are the worlds greatest hope". 



Marco Rubio said "We are special because we've been united
not by a common race or ethnicity.
We're bound together by common values.
That family is the most important institution in society.
That almighty God is the source of all we have. " 

NO WAY AMERICA IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET!



GOD BLESS THE USA

GOD BLESS RILEY AND HIS CLASSMATES

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S
    

1 comment:

Phatmom said...

That's awesome, Riley! Haven't met you, but I'm a proud cousin!