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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Glorying in our shame

Here's my latest WorldNetDaily piece called Glorying in our Shame.

8 comments:

  1. Amen to that.
    I like your articles and values.
    Glory be to God!
    Steve

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  2. Ain't that the truth.

    I agree that things are starting to change, finally. Maybe the Greatest Depression will be a blessing in disguise, at least I pray it is.

    Great article. As I read it, I was reminded of the tattooed and pierced people you photographed at the beer festival in Portland this past summer. :)

    Anonymous Patriot
    USA

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  3. Thank you for a well expressed commentary on this pervasive and vulgarity driven aspect of our shamefully shameless contemporary culture.

    I often find myself thinking how much more I liked it when every other television, radio, magazine, billboard, bus stop bench, bus, race car, sports stadium, ad nauseum advertising message didn't include a pitch, often graphically supported for intimate hygiene, aphrodisiacs, sexual aids or dangerously toxic designer pharmaceutical products.

    I cringe every time I see a pelvic thrust, a crotch shot or any number of other examples of the (not so soft anymore) porn now so commonly seen used to market things like soft drinks and razor blades.

    I cringe in embarrassment and dread at what it says to the world about us. We are reaping the dark rewards for our lack of self respect or concern for what we, as arguably the world's most widely emulated culture, are spawning into that world by our example.

    In our home we make it a point to avoid media sources that present such messages. We switch channels when they unexpectedly show up and avoid buying any of the other products sold by the sponsoring corporations. We provide polite feedback when possible to make our preferences known, and to voice an objection to gratuitously crude images and vulgarities.

    It does feel like a hard and perhaps futile upstream paddle in a strong current, but it's better then being swept away in the torrent.

    I believe in the good of America. I believe in the true goodness of the American People, a goodness of spirit which is still embodied by a large majority of Americans today.

    I believe we can reach down and draw our younger generations out of the flood, and that we can then change its strength and direction even as we begin to reduce it at its source.

    We have two years to articulate ourselves to those who would present themselves as our leaders and public servants, beginning by clearly defining what it means to be a public
    servant. We need to carry forward and build upon the momentum fueled by a reawakening of the Constitution's empowering affirmations of our God given rights.

    We lead the world in every blessing precisely because of that Constitutional articulation of those fundamental rights and its affirmation of their immutability. We have two years to identify and place into office a Presidential leader who genuinely respects and upholds our Constitution.

    In the meantime we need to take a deep breath and renew our efforts to speak out, step up and say here's the line in the sand. We'll have to paddle harder and push back with ever more determination to prevail. This article is a valuable and appreciated demonstration of both, Patrice. Thank you.

    We're takin' this country back, because this is America and we overcome stuff. It's what we do.

    A.McSp

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  4. I just read your post at WND and was yelling "Amen. Amen" through the whole thing.

    I read the neatest scripture the other day and it really joggled me: Psalm 111:1-5
    "I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them...He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever."

    The problem with our society is that we are not extolling the Lord like we should both in the churches and in the public assembly. We have become flippant in our churches and have turned God into this big Teddy Bear who looks the other way and ignores our sin and then in the public assembly, we don't mention him at all!!! Our values come from God. If we don't have God in our society, then we don't have His values.

    I too am hopeful. I so agree with you that tough times are ahead but I see that as a catalyst for bringing families together, for making Christians serious about God the Father and their instruction to share God's truth, and for an awareness of God's provision in all things, even food.

    A great book I would like to suggest if you haven't read it: "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan. It is about the Dust Bowl in Western Oklahoma and Texas. It is an eye opener for sure! But it also reminds us that today's bounties are never guaranteed.

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  5. History is full of pendulum swings, it's on it's way to the opposite side again......It would be nice if there were some happy medium but I've never seen it in society, it's always been one side or the other......It always seems unbearably long when it's swung to the wrong side, but it's ever swinging......

    I'm always amazed at how easily the media can sway people, you'd think they could think for themselves better than some of them do.....

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  6. Great article, Patrice!

    Nowadays, it feels like virtually everything and anything "goes." I am constantly shocked (although, I guess I shouldn't be by now) at the vulgarity on even the regular networks' programming. I am stunned by all of the profanity and SKIN on television and other media sources. A.McSp, I thought I was the only person who thought those razor blade ads were pornographic!

    I now officially consider myself a modern-day "prude," because I certainly cannot stomach today's "normal prevailing community standards (Wikipedia.com)." I, too, cringe in embarrassment at the lack of any kind of modesty and basic moral decency in our world today. I am also amazed at how quickly these things have gone downhill, even over the past 50 years. Various forms of media can certainly be blamed for the downhill slide, but, ultimately, it's the people who watch the shows, buy the magazines, buy the products, etc., who allow this garbage to continue.

    I do hope you are right, Patrice, that old-fashioned values might have the chance for a comeback. I am glad you are giving voice to these kinds of issues. Keep up the good work!!

    Mara :)

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  7. We very closely monitor the television and other media exposure of our 9-year old son, but it's VERY difficult. There are shows that are perfectly acceptable, but then the commercials are awful. Like going to a G-rated movie only to have inappropriate previews. Just who are these "all audiences" this garbage is "approved for"? You think you're safe, but you have to be constantly on alert. (It's oh so enjoyable to watch TV with your finger set to hair-trigger on the mute/fast forward/last channel button.) Fortunately our son has a very honest sense of right and wrong and will often avoid or censor these items himself. (A little odd I keep thinking...but it's a blessing I'm not going to complain about!)

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