I recieved this in a message this morning from someone who I attended school with and who never messages me otherwise below it is my response.
“Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding the attacks on Sept, 11, hurricanes and earth quakes. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?” In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school …. the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK. Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.” Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Are you laughing? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think, of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it… no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
God bless you as you share it with friends. No Nation or people can ever survive or succeed without Jesus Christ.”
First off You can still pray in school or anywhere else any time you want the only stipulation is that you cannot be ordered to pray or told who to pray to.
Secondly the men involved in the attacks in 9/11 were no less fervent in their faith than some Christians are many have killed in the name of Christianity https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/religious-terrorism-killing-name-god-timothy-lent-1
In regards to earthquakes you can look at that two ways one being the bible said it would happen:
There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
Or you can look at the practice of fracking and the increased seismic activity in areas where fracking is done and earthquakes are on the rise. Either way you go there’s research to be done. As for hurricanes research climate change.
As for the Murder of Madelyn Murray O’Hare the motivation of her murder and the murder of her son and adopted granddaughter was greed, it was about money and not her beliefs or her lack of them, he also murdered his accomplice to avoid sharing the money. I read the bible in school on multiple occasions and was never forbidden from doing so by anyone. As for the suicide of Dr. Spock’s son first you should do your homework because it isn’t true. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/doctored-spock/
His grandson Peter did commit suicide but he suffered from schizophrenia and unless you were there to witness his upbringing which I know you were not you have no idea how he was disciplined and in the case of mentally ill individuals corporal punishment is not an effective tool especially for them as they may or may not understand or have total control their actions due to the fact that they are mentally ill. Also I think it’s very unchristian of anyone to cite their deaths and/or the deaths of their family members as reaping what we sow were the members of the Sutherland Springs church shooting, reaping what they sow? Surely a church would have been the place where God could intervene! As for me I’ve received one spanking in my entire life as my father chose to raise us that we should do the good and right thing because it was the good and right thing not because we feared being beaten for not doing it. I’ve never killed, raped or stolen from anyone, commited an act of terrorism or participated in a mass shooting so your argument falls short once again. Also Canada, France, and other countries also do not have school led prayer but they don’t have problems the United States does because they have sensible gun laws and yet they are both surviving and succeeding allegedly without Jesus and further more prior to 1963 there was school led prayer and yet prior to 1963 there were shootings in schools as many as 134 people died from the 121 shootings in America so as much as I respect the right of others to pray whenever and however they choose public prayer or the lack thereof and government supported religion isn’t the issue here, even the bible says in Matthew chapter 6 verses 5 & 6 says “5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
So frankly I find it upsetting when people state or imply that their belief in a higher power is the reason they don’t commit acts of violence against others or themselves. It’s a rather scary notion that for some physical abuse and/or a higher power are the only deterrents for harming themselves or others. In regards to suicide, i’ve known more than a few people who committed suicide because they believed the judgements place upon them by the supposed Christians of the world, Billy Graham being among them for the most part he was a good man but he targeted gays and others and his son is even worse he professes love but speaks of judgement and hate. They can’t even talk the talk so I myself am skeptical of their “christian” walk. For the most part for the most part Anne Graham Lotz statement are based on her views and she has a right to believe whatever she likes but her statements also convey false assumptions and fear. If belief in a higher power is what keeps people from doing evil against others then they need a better way, and there are others who do evil against others in the name of God and that is offensive as well.