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IS IT JUST ME, OR ARE PEOPLE REALLY GETTING MEANER?



Posted: 03/26/07

 
Is It Just Me, Or Are People Really Getting Meaner?
by Chuck Baldwin

Is it just me, or are people really getting meaner? It seems that much of what I hear and read these days indicates that people's actions and attitudes are increasingly rude, crude, and downright cantankerous. Has it always been this way? If it was, I don't remember it.

Granted, there is much to be upset about nowadays. People are being taxed out of their minds. Governmental meddling has never been more intrusive. Savings accounts are down. Indebtedness is up. Most newspaper headlines serve only to raise our blood pressure. Americans fear the IRS more than they do Osama bin Laden. Many Americans are working two and even three jobs just to make ends meet.

Hollywood used to provide respite from day to day pressures. No more. All they do now is contribute to raising stress levels. Ditto for most major league sports. And when is the last time we could trust anything our congressman told us? Come to think of it, we can't trust much of anything anybody tells us.

Egad! I'm getting angry just writing this column.

However, is it really obligatory that we lose our warmth and compassion? Is everyone who disagrees with us really our enemy? Can we not remain truly uncompromising for a principle without becoming a raving, sadistic madman?

Furthermore, it doesn't seem to matter in what "camp" one finds oneself. The story is the same. Conservatives can be just as mean-spirited as liberals and vice versa. Christians just as contemptuous as atheists. In fact, I know unbelievers whom I would far rather be around than some believers.

In addition, I used to believe that ladies were the "kinder, gentler" sex. No more. Heaven help the person who crosses some of these avant-garde females. And pity the poor man that marries one of these angry American women.

Even people who try to work with youngsters feel the wrath of an out-of-control, angry society. Sunday School teachers. Public school teachers. Christian school teachers. Private school teachers. Day care workers. Baby sitters. And especially Little League coaches. Those people take their lives in their hands!

Okay. So we're not all going to sit around a campfire and sing Kumbaya. Can we not at least be civil with one another? As my dad used to say, "Can't we disagree without being disagreeable?"

For the most part, Americans have developed a very unhealthy anger attitude. We have lost our sense of humor, not to mention our ability to forgive. Even Christians have become egotistical, proud, and arrogant. No wonder we have lost the propitious smile of Heaven.

For example, when people with whom we disagree get into trouble with the federal government or the mainstream media, we rejoice in their tribulation, not realizing that the same monster could turn against us with the flip of a coin (or administration). How is it that we cannot see that the same liberties and principles that we desire for ourselves must be granted to others, or we all lose?

The only people who benefit from this anger-addicted society are the power-brokers and controllers who desire to transform America into an international Monopoly game. You see, angry people are easy to manipulate, because they have lost their ability to reason. Even our Creator implores us to "reason together." However, objectivity is lost when anger controls our spirit. Rightly does the Scripture command us, "Be ye angry, and sin not."

Furthermore, is not inner peace and joy a gift of God, not dependent upon circumstances or the actions of others? Christians claim to know and worship the Prince of Peace. Why, then, can they not act like it?

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By Chuck Baldwin

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Re: Is It Just Me, Or Are People Really Getting Meaner?
Posted On: 03/27/07 02:06:27 PM Age 58, VA
It isn't just you. The bible tells us people are getting meaner and meaner. In Matthew, Jesus tells us that Christians' "agape love" for one another will grow cold, they will become offended with one another and betray one another. Wow, that is heavy! That is mean! Along with the Christians, he makes it clear that the secular world, too, is getting meaner and meaner. In I Tim 3:1-5 He says, "Know this that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, dispisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more that lovers of God: having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away!" Christians are not excluded from this. All that adds up to very, very, very mean people, both secular and christian, if we don't watch ourselves. We are suppose to manisfest Christ to a lost and dying world. A church's marquis recently read, " God is a very gentle God, But don't push it!" We have become a Nation of people that "push it" with God, with our friends, our authorities, etc. We are downright mean in order to get what we want instead of denying ourselves in order to please the Father. We need to all work on this. Love is kind and gentle and longsuffering etc....And they will know us by our love for one another.



Re: Is It Just Me, Or Are People Really Getting Meaner?
Posted On: 03/27/07 02:04:25 PM Age 58, VA
It isn't just you. The bible tells us people are getting meaner and meaner. In Matthew, Jesus tells us that Christians' "agape love" for one another will grow cold, they will become offended with one another and betray one another. Wow, that is heavy! That is mean! Along with the Christians, he makes it clear that the secular world, too, is getting meaner and meaner. In I Tim 3:1-5 He says, "Know this that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, dispisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more that lovers of God: having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away!" Christians are not excluded from this. All that adds up to very, very, very mean people, both secular and christian, if we don't watch ourselves. We are suppose to manisfest Christ to a lost and dying world. A church's marquis recently read, " God is a very gentle God, But don't push it!" We have become a Nation of people that "push it" with God, with our friends, our authorities, etc. We are downright mean in order to get what we want instead of denying ourselves in order to please the Father. We need to all work on this. Love is kind and gentle and longsuffering etc....And they will know us by our love for one another.

Re: Is It Just Me, Or Are People Really Getting Meaner?
Posted On: 03/27/07 09:06:49 AM Age 51, NE
When I first came to work at a small town daily, one of the first things I learned from my new colleagues was that the "church people" were the least forgiving of all if an error made it into print. That broke my heart then and it breaks my heart now. Brothers and sisters, this must not be so.



Re: Is It Just Me, Or Are People Really Getting Meaner?
Posted On: 03/27/07 12:27:14 AM Age 18, NC
I completely agree! ^^ I know some people who will argue with a stick just to be right. We get mad at things that we should just turn the other cheek for. There's a huge difference between a godly anger, and anger at petty things, like someone calling us a bad name, or cutting us off in traffic. Just smile and keep going!

Re: Is It Just Me, Or Are People Really Getting Meaner?
Posted On: 03/26/07 10:22:11 PM Age 32, PA
Chuck, Great article! Steve Voigt

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