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America has problems...but we are not the problem
by James Robison

04/06/2007  

Hollywood does not represent America.

There is no sense in denying the fact that our country has areas of legitimate concern. Many people are self-centered, committed to selfish indulgences and gratification. Many are indifferent to the needs of others. Greed was a monumental problem far before the collapse of Enron and the revelation of other corporate scandals. The entertainment industry continually assaults traditional moral values and the traditional family. Modesty often seems to be a relic of the past, while sensuality and suggestiveness has become the norm for women from pre-teen to middle age. The barrage of images from billboards and commercials to sitcoms and even award shows display the very worst in taste, appetites and appeal.

Our congressional leaders make church infighting and denominational disagreements pale in comparison with a distressing onslaught of accusations, misrepresentations and outright slander. The mainstream media fuel the fire of controversy at the slightest opportunity.

As I pointed out in my message "We Have A Choice: Humility or Humiliation," we need to respond to an invitation from God to make important, necessary changes. We need a time of renewed commitment to one another in marital relationships, working relationships and political leadership. The image of America often projected by the entertainment industry does not reveal the strength of character typical of the vast majority.

The violence and instability plaguing the Middle East and other areas of the world are not caused by America. The horrible clash of cultures and sectarianism in the Middle East along with the hostility and animosity toward Israel and other peoples has been the reality for centuries. It was not brought on recently by the dissention between Democrats and Republicans or liberals and conservatives.

The disrespect for women in hip-hop music and the porn industry did not create the long-established attitude leading many Muslims to treat women as property to be controlled and dominated. Violence in the movies did not lead to the wickedly warped propaganda that encourages children to become suicide bombers.

The liberation of Iraq did not cause the Iranians to kidnap and abuse British soldiers. Iran, and especially President Ahmadinejad, have a long history of hostility and aggression.

The problems of American culture did not birth the problems of the Middle East. Their issues were born in the spirit of destruction itself with religious zealots stirring the fury. These extremists use their twisted views to justify murder. There is in this world an undeniable force of evil that manifests itself through deception, dominance, division and ultimately destruction. These forces must be resisted because there is no commitment to solving problems peacefully, only annihilating those who differ. For all of our problems, that is not the spirit of America. A few mindless fools may manifest some awful acts, but that is not the heart and character of America.

America is basically a compassionate and caring nation of people anxious to share opportunity and blessings with those who struggle against oppression and poverty. We share our insights, technological advances and the benefits of our prosperity. In any world crisis, America is among the first and largest responders. Those with which we once warred, we now protect as friends. Not only have we become an inspiration to nations like Japan, Germany and Vietnam, but we have watched them become an inspiration to others.

America is one of the few nations in history willing to sacrifice our family members for freedom and opportunity on behalf of nations committed to our destruction. We continually reach out to the Middle East. We are anxious to befriend them, but wise enough to require the inspection and control of weapons of mass destruction.

There is room for improvement in all of us, but America basically wants to offer the best life for every nation and people. No doubt, we need a strengthening of character, a deepening of our understanding and a continual attempt to build more meaningful relationships within our own population. The foolish walls and barriers we have erected over the years need to be brought down by the power of love and genuine interest in one another's well being. As we find ourselves joining both hearts and hands, we will be able to withstand the evil forces committed to the destruction of the free world and hopefully inspire the coming together of the human race for mutual, meaningful benefit.

If we will humble ourselves while learning from our failures, we will be exalted.

 

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Author: James Robison

Word Count: 743

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net