Forfeiting the Right to Be Called a "Civilized" Nation!

Forfeiting the Right to Be Called a "Civilized" Nation!

"Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place ….and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents……"
Jeremiah 19:4 NKJV

Be aware that this is a commentary with a "2 pronged fork!" The first "prong" deals with the 2nd Anniversary of the premptive strike against Iraq which was headed up by the United States. The second "prong" deals with controversy within the borders of the United States -- namely, the court ordered "execution" of a citizen by starvation and denial of water! And she wasn't guilty of a criminal act! Hence the title, "Forfeiting the Right to Be Called a "Civilized" Nation!"

March 19, 2005 --- It was 2 years ago today that the United States began its invasion of the nation of Iraq. For quite some time prior to this date the citizens of the U.S. had been told that it was absolutely necessary to engage in this act of aggression for such reasons as:

    Saddam Hussein was a cruel and brutal dictator who, along with his sons, had been guilty of atrocities of the most repugnant kind!

    Saddam Hussein was a threat to peace in the Middle East and even a threat to the United States!

    Saddam Hussein was building and planning to use "weapons of mass destruction" -- this was the main string on the fiddle played by President Bush and members of his administration, including national security advisor, Ms. C. Rice -- as you are aware Ms. Rice has been promoted to the position of Secretary of State.

    The people of Iraq needed to be liberated from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein & Sons and be able to establish a democratic way of life, etc. etc. etc. etc!

Much has happened since that initial invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, including the loss of over 1,500 United States military personnel. The number keeps increasing week by week. While Saddam Hussein and Co. were being portrayed as being excessively brutal and unjust, we in the United States who claim to being a "civilized" nation have our own record of heinous acts of brutality against innocent victims. These are never considered "headline" news events and are never reported by over-zealous anchors on major TV networks -- details of Saddam's brutality were delightfully reported again and again. The best estimate of victims under the Hussein "reign of terror" is about 1 million. Now, if you dare, take a look at the United States record in the time since we started our invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003:

Hey! Look at the Number
of Unborn Children Brutally
Mutilated & Murdered in USA

since the USA started "liberating" Iraq
from the brutality of Saddam Hussein!

March 19 2003

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

But something else has also happened on this 2nd Anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq that significantly provides evidence that it is pure hypocrisy to claim that we are a "civilized" republic.

Yesterday, March 18, 2005, the feeding tube was removed from Terri Schiavo by court order. A vicious court battle has raged for years over her circumstance between her husband, Michael, who is her legal "guardian" (term used very loosely) and her parents.

The issue has been one of keeping her alive by means of a feeding tube through which nutrients and water are supplied, or to remove the tube and let her die due to starvation and lack of water.

Terri's parents wanted to take care of her and keep the critical tube in place, but Michael Schiavo insisted that Terri did not want to live under such circumstances and should be permitted to die. There is also a big chunk of money involved due to a malpractice settlement.

Is she really in a total "vegetative" state or not? It depends on whom you ask -- and again, family and "husband," Michael, have clearly made known their positions on this.

The "husband" has stated what should be done, and now a certain judge has given the order which will support what Michael Schiavo has long desired -- BUT can you really believe much of anything this man has to say?

    Here is a man who is still married to Terri but has been in an adulterous relationship with another woman and 2 children have been born as a result of this ongoing practice of infidelity! Even more outrageous is the fact that among the United States public at large there is no sense of indignation at this flaunting of immorality openly and publicly -- perhaps it is time to compare our public standard of morality to the sinking of the Titanic -- the main difference is that the Titanic ran out of depths to which it was able to sink, but the United States in its choice of moral standards has not!

    This man vowed in the presence of God when he and Terri became husband and wife that he took her as his lawfully wedded wife "for better, for worse" as well as all the other possible circumstances which may arise during their lifetime -- it's one thing to lie to another human being -- it's quite another to lie to God regarding one to whom you are joined together in holy wedlock!

    This man has long since demonstrated that he has no compassion (in spite of what he professes as well as his lawyer who favors euthanasia) and no respect for the sacredness of human life. One news release detailed how it is when a feeding tube is removed:

    "It is unclear how much time the family will have. The effects of such feeding tubes being removed can be seen by the third or fourth day, when the patient's mouth begins to look dry and the eyes appear sunken. From days five to 10, respiration becomes irregular with periods of very fast and then very slow breathing. By the final days, kidney function declines, toxins begin accumulating in the body, and multiple organ systems fail from lack of nutrition."

    And another interesting note:
    "Court-appointed doctors have said Schiavo will not feel any pain given her state, but her parents' doctors dispute that."

Court-appointed doctors obviously are the puppets of the judges whose vision is so blurred and consciences so deadened that they cannot begin to comprehend what such decisions will most likely bring about in the future -- removal of feeding tubes now, but what other means to be employed in the future in snuffing out the lives of persons whom some individual supported by a perverted legal system has deemed unworthy of living and existing in the "land of the free and the home of the brave?"

Nazi Germany did not start with a program to exterminate Jews and others whom it felt were "sub-human" -- the Nazis started exterminating those whom they felt were not experiencing "quality" life -- that is, those defective, handicapped in some way, and limited in ability to function normally -- so the "gassing vans" visited certain institutions on a regular basis and families were notified that institutionalized family members had "passed away!"

Can the United States be very far behind? We have already demonstrated our growing lack of respect for the sanctity of human life in past decades -- the Terri Schiavo incident is simply another giant step downward in a culture in which life can be disposed of just as easily as throwing a tissue into a garbage can after blowing one's nose!

As of the writing of these comments there are legislative maneuverings taking place in an attempt to overrule the court ordered removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Even if such are successful and the feeding tube is reinserted so that she might continue to live, it does not change the fact that our "culture of death" continues to reject God's plain revelation that every conceived human life has a purpose in His special plan for His creation! We will continue to have insane court rulings that in the most bizarre ways will remind us that we have too many persons in high places that approach the value of human life in much the same way as we value the tissue mentioned above after using it to blow some stuff out of our noses -- just pitch it into the garbage can as though nothing of significance has taken place!

Court rulings in recent months have declared that it is unconstitutional to ban the heinous practice of partial-birth abortion! Such judges have provided more than ample evidence that we are in big trouble as a nation and qualify more for the label, "uncivilized," rather than the opposite!

A civilized country? The United States republic continues to hasten its pace toward well deserved judgment at the hands of a righteous and holy God due to practices, policies, and court decisions which declare that certain individuals ought not have the right to life!

If we could resurrect high ranking Nazi officials from WW II era, they likely would congratulate us on how we define life and determine who should live and who should die! In fact, they might even express a bit of envy and a wish that they would have had some of our "methods" in determining who lives and who dies in a nation that has long since forfeited all rights and claims to being "civilized!"

Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered

since Roe vs. Wade
January 1973

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

Unborn Children Brutally
Mutilated & Murdered in USA

since George W. Bush took the
oath of office as the President
of our Republic on

January 20, 2001

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

Just something to think about and pray about while we still have a little bit of time left to do so!

And now, a PS on this issue -- at least some who may read what is written above will be upset, disturbed and possibly quite angry at the portrayal of our republic in a rather negative light! There is a tendency for most of us to pretend that everything is going rather well, and we are a nation basking in the blessings of Almighty God -- after all, we are a "Christian" nation are we not?

From those who object to graphics and statements made will be replies such as "This is a nation which has done much good throughout the world -- we have given billions of dollars in foreign aid -- we have mission groups and thousands if not tens of thousands of individuals working in many other nations of the world in the name of Christianity -- and look at our response to the extensive death and devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami waves of December 26, 2004!

I concede and do wholeheartedly agree that a lot of good has been done through the years by this nation in helping and assisting others -- plus the sacrifices during war time, with WW II being a prime example.

BUT, look at it this way -- picture a person dying with a deadly cancer eating away at his body -- it has attacked his vital organs without mercy. Doctors can check the patient and say the following: "He can still see -- he has feeling in his fingers and toes -- he is still breathing -- he can still hear -- he can smell odors -- he can still walk -- he can still eat some food and drink water -- he can still dress himself and read the morning paper. That's good!" And then walk out of the room, because many "good" things can be said about the patient. And so because many good things can be said, the cancer is avoided -- that's a "negative" and one doesn't want to hear anything "negative" -- always be "positive," right? So the patient dies because there was a refusal to face what was really happening!

Are you facing up to the ethical, moral, and spiritual cancer that is killing this republic in which we hold our citizenship? Are you at all concerned about the future destiny of the United States? Are you attempting to do anything -- sound a warning -- issue a call that total repentance of our wickedness is God's demand issued to our leaders and all of us as citizens -- a seeking of the mercy of Almighty God is the only sane and sensible course of action to take while we have the time to do so?

And pray that God does not say to His people scattered about this republic as He did to Jeremiah long ago, "Don't pray any more -- it's too late!" Check Jeremiah 7, 11, and 14 on that!

A Significant Selah Moment!

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Habakkuk 1:2-2 (NKJV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness....

It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.

Romans 1:18; Psalm 119:126-128 NKJV

March 19, 2005
Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
Western PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Gipsy, PA
AND Non-Affiliated registered voter, Cambria Co. PA

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