THE BIG PICTURE
96% of Americans say that they believe in God. What kind of
a God we do not know, but based upon America’s current general
behavior and choice of values, we trust that their God is an all-
Certainly a case can be made that man throughout history has
chosen to follow the bad rather than the good. Isaiah, writing
in 700 B.C., laments, “There is I, only I, who remains faithful
to God.” In the 1830’s a writer said, “We have the best Congress
money can buy.” The itinerant priest in the Canterbury Tales of 1300
AD had one sermon, against avarice.
Tens of millions of people–civilian and military–were
killed in World Wars I and II, and in the Russion and Chinese
revolutions. Millions have died in famines in this century.
Thus, in a sense, our behavioral misdeeds of today pale in
comparison with our recent past.
My primary concern is with the record that the three
monotheistic faiths–Judaism, Christianity, and Islam–is making
in America–8 million Jews, 144 million Catholics, 4 million
Moslems; 63.6% of the population, and the widening gap between
profession and practice.
There is little dispute about what these three monotheistic
religions profess, i.e., the Ten Commandmments, encapsuled by the
There is an incredibly wide range of interpretation of their
holy books, especially by the Christians with their acceptance of
However, the bottom line is that the gods of America are
really narcicism, avarice, sex, drugs, egotism, hedonism,
materialism, and the churches dare not interfere for fear of
losing their membership (and their jobs).
How contrary to the teachings of Jesus: “Many are called,
but few are chosen.” The fundamentalist churches preaching a
strict adherence to the teachings of the Bible are gaining
members while the wishy-washy main-line churches are losing
What an opportunity, when the nation is floundering in its
worship of false gods, for the churches to project a clear call
and provide leadership. As said above, in actuality, the people
respect a straight, forthright exposition of religious teachings
and support this with dedicated lives, talents and their