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Tue, April 23

Letter: The wolf you feed wins

In March, a 24-page summary of the 2009 American Religious Identification Survey was published. The survey indicated the changes that took place since 1990 among the 300 million people living in America. The survey indicated that more Americans were non-Christian and there was a trend toward secularism.

Secularism is a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations. The idea of secularism is not new. The idea existed in the beginning with human kind. In other words, the greatest battle our nation is experiencing is the world's view versus the Bible's view. This greatest battle can be expressed in several ways: 1) A battle between morality and immorality; 2) A battle between God's rules and man's rules; and 3) A battle between freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

Our American Founders wanted freedom of religion. Most Americans today want freedom from religion. The Bible is clear on specific points. You are for or against God's rules. You cannot serve two masters. All people have a free will and are endowed with reason to make their own choices.

Unfortunately, this greatest battle affects other battles such as the battle to confirm a nominee for the Supreme Court. Politicians who are involved in the process of confirmation are determined to learn if the nominee is for or against freedom from religion. In other words, they want a judge who will allow man's rules over God's rules. Politicians do not comprehend the Church and State function. The Church is to promote an understanding of the Gospel and the Word of God; the State is to keep order and to protect God's general moral law in civic matters.

Unfortunately, this greatest battle will continue to its ultimate end where only a remnant of religious people will remain. This greatest battle reminds me of an old Indian tale of the Two Wolves. One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Johannes E. Johannsen,



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