Here are two paragraphs excerpted from Ben Stein’s recent commentary on the CBS Morning Commentary, and an invitation at the bottom:
“I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?
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. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. (Okay, maybe not funny.)”
I thought you might be encouraged by those challenging and inspiring words from Mr. Stein. It also reminded me of how thankful I am for the wide and diverse group of men who gather at Thoughts on the Rocks each month, to go against the tide a bit and have a great time talking about deeper things. Why not think about who you might invite to the next Thoughts on the Rocks, February 15? Of, if you’re not in Cincy, why not think about a “trial run” where we invite some guys for a one-time thing and see how it goes. I’ll come in for it. Glad to. In the meantime, here’s to another week of becoming better versions of ourselves! -Doug