Two topics not to discuss!

Most Americans are pretty passionate about something. It may be my personal rights. It may be my view of how the country should be governed. It may be where the line is between church and state or any other host of issues. Pro Life or Pro Abortion has been a hot topic that can stir great debate and intensity still after all these years. It is interesting to see how people who hold differing opinions get so emotional instead of dealing with the facts of the discussion we attempt to vilify each other. For example, how I phrased the above Pro Life or Pro Abortion shows which side I’m on. The opposition side states it Anti-Abortion or Pro Choice, attempting to give their side a positive spin and a negative spin for the other. Grown adults are reduced to elementary school children squabbling and name calling over whatever. Certain public figures are lightning rods based on which side of the aisle you are on. Rush Limbaugh is one such figure and so is our current president Barrack Obama. Just typing the names I felt a twinge of emotion for both.

What I believe is happening to our country as reflected in congress is the divide between us is growing. The animosity, name calling, vilifying practiced by both sides just makes the rift deeper and wider. This mindset is ultimately what leads nations to go to war with other nations or among themselves like our own country’s Civil War. There are political leaders right now for probably everyone who reads this whom you would love to see removed from office. There are political leaders who just seeing them is similar to hearing fingernails scratching over a chalkboard.

Along time ago, people used to always say, “There are two things I won’t discuss, politics and religion.” It is difficult in our climate of never-ending campaign advertising, never-ending right and left slanted cable news shows and a highly fragmented society to follow that admonition. In many ways we have become a nation who appears to be in favor of whatever benefits me or my opinions the most. We have lost any sense of value for what is best for the entire nation, rich, middle and poor.

The left likes to view themselves as accepting, thinking, tolerant and open to view possibilities, while the right perceives they are trying to protect the constitution and the right to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The left thinks the half of the country who are responsible working Americans should take care of the other half who are home waiting on a check to come in the mail. The right believes we are all personally responsible for ourselves and achieving in life is a good thing. The left believes the government knows best about how to spend my money, how to raise my kids, who should educate, etc. The right believes I should have a free country to find opportunity for my family and me and I am capable of choosing what is best for myself. Those two sides will never find a common ground.

Maybe its time for another Civil War that isn’t so Civil? What would be an alternative? I believe we have two options before us. 1) Continue to deteriorate with our hate, vilifying each other until we do come to a total breakdown of society as we know it or 2) Stop taking special interest money and have our leaders begin listening to each other. Stop trashing people who have done well in life while making victims out of those who haven’t. Stop looking for something to grasp, some slip by someone on the opposing side that you can use to spread your hatred and gain an advantage.

I have personally attacked and been attacked. I am not supposed to hate but I greatly despise many political leaders on the left. I commented yesterday on a thread that was posted and intended to draw people into division and I was attacked harshly by people who don’t know me, name calling, name calling of my wife, venom and hatred spewing forth from the tolerant left without one shred of a logical argument ever given. Just name calling and hatred!  I removed my post and was shocked by the hatred brewing in our country.

We are killing ourselves from within, just like Rome! In my opinion, we are done as a nation. There is no turning this back. We are on the verge of moral and financial bankruptcy. Surely, human history is on the brink of demise. The whole freakin world is broke, debt out of control and no moral compass to steer us out of the mess.

Be prepared because in an hour you don’t expect the Lord will return! There will be an ultimate deliverer and He will dry all tears from our eyes and the former things will be no more. The Lord is not willing that any perish but all come to repentance.

Seems I discussed both politics and religion!

blessings with sadness,


About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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2 Responses to Two topics not to discuss!

  1. deichmans says:

    Uncharacteristically pessimistic, Pastor Scott….

    I think we are indeed more polarized, but not irredeemably so. And remember, the strength of the Republic is that we DON’T force a unitary perspective — rather we let all have a seat at the debate lectern.

    Would you really want a nation where one side triumphed over the other? Where the self-determination of the Right was favored exclusively over the accommodations of the Left? I know I wouldn’t….

    And notice the polarization you used in your post regarding abortion, rather than using the middle ground of Pro-Life / Pro-Choice.

    Margaret Thatcher once said “Political parties are like airplanes, with wings on both sides — but brains and engines in the middle.” Maybe all we need to re-learn is the art of compromise in discourse.

    • Old Sarge says:

      If the one side is about truth and the other lies then yes, I want a country where one side is favored exclusively over the other. Would you seek compromise on the issues of rape, murder or child molestation? I would hope not, yet when we have clear pictures from conception that it is a human, not a blob, way before it becomes illegal to abort how can you compromise? When people are presented with facts common sense will change most people’s mind. I was not a Christian when Roe v Wade was decided and one of my first letters to a sitting President was about how abortion was wrong. I saw no compromise then and I see none now. <- Did the founder of Planned Parenthood care about women's health and their choice or something else?

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