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Sometimes when musing about this column, I find myself wondering what could have been if things had been just a bit different. One degree can make a huge difference when navigating a course, yet that one degree appears minor. That same degree could cause the earth to freeze or burn up when related to the position of the sun. So what if? What if we taught future generations they were fearfully and wonderfully created by an all-knowing, all-powerful God who loves them unconditionally? I can only imagine what that generation and their future would look like. We know what not teaching them these principles has produced.

Years ago in America, we took God out of our school system. We replaced the mention of God with the enforcement of an erroneous theory of evolution. God was replaced with Darwin. Truth was replaced with an unprovable theory. Two generations were taught they are nothing more than evolved animals. And now we wonder why many people act like animals. The slime-plus-time theory has put us where we are today, and the rules of the jungle are in full play. Survival of the fittest. Kill or be killed. Cold-blooded murders may not be so much a product of video games and violent movies as they are products of teaching evolution. And no, I am not joking.

We now have many in this society who act like animals: spiritually, mentally, sexually and emotionally. Look at the rise of heinous murder and the rise of perverted sexual content on the Internet, TV and movies. Husbands and wives turn to murder as a solution to marital problems. Children kill parents and fellow children. Every sexually perverted appetite is being served on the Internet under the cover of the First Amendment. It is as if the country has lost its moral compass. If it feels good, do it – just like animals.

What if politicians actually represented the people? Congressmen and women, senators and presidents listened to the people and voted accordingly. Leaders were not motivated by polls, pundits and the media. Elected officials were in touch with their constituents instead of their political advisers. Leaders lived up to promises made to the people, not to special interests. We intermingled money and politics, and now we wonder why the White House is available to the highest bidder.

Again, look back at prior political generations who included God in their lives. Were they perfect? Far from it, but they at least had an accountability to the voters. If they served the public, they got re-elected. If not, they were sent packing. Politicians today expect to be served. I thought we were the boss and they were the workers. Politicians of days past were ultimately accountable to God. Obviously that is not the case today on both sides of the aisle.

What if we had an honest money system and not one that enriches some and punishes others? Thomas Jefferson once said, "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

Today we have the money system we were warned about. The Federal Reserve, which is not federal and has no reserves, controls the "free market." Free? If the economy is slow, the Fed lowers interest rates to stimulate. If the economy is overheating, the Fed raises rates to slow things down. They now create money out of thin air even though our Constitution required coins to be coined and a dollar to be a unit of measure in gold and silver.

For years, the American money system was the envy of the globe. Our growth and prosperity were greater than any nation in world history. Then we turned our banks over to private institutions and look what happened. A new house that was $40,000 in 1977 is now $500,000. A new car that was $2,000 is now $20,000. Then a single worker could feed a family of four with 40 hours a week of labor. Now it takes two workers with a combined 80 hours plus to pay the same bills.

This all occurred when we got away from the biblical principle of just weights and measures, the principle our founders built our money system upon. They understood the value of honesty when dealing with money. Nowadays the Fed has an "open market committee meeting" held behind closed doors. Weeks after the meeting they make their notes public; only after giving them a jump on the market. When we took God out of the money system, we started the mess that may soon cause each of us a lot of pain.

Do you see a recurring theme here? I sure did when I thought it all through. If anyone in this country believes we are better off as a nation in abandoning God and the biblical principles that made this nation great, please raise your hand. Anyone who just raised your hand, go to your room.

The rest of you, get involved. Pray for your leaders. Stop criticizing everything wrong in America. We have plenty of critics of America in the "progressive left" (the new buzz word for the liberals who don't want to be called liberals). Start to participate in local school boards to change what our children are being taught. Stand up for what you believe and know is true. In the end, truth always wins out. We have been promised by a loving God that heaven and earth will pass away, but God's Word will not. That is the truth.

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