Craig R. Kelso

Friday, March 15, 2013

Prayer for the Nation

Almighty God,

I pray that you will forgive us for our sins against you. Please guide the leaders of the United States of America to make decisions for the common good of the people in this country and people everywhere in the world. Amen.

Why I Believe in God

I was raised to believe in God by my mother and grandmother. My mother made sure that our family attended church at least occasionally. Some of my friends and other folks I interacted with supported my faith in God. I married a Catholic woman (the love of my life) and eventually joined the Catholic Church because I didn’t want my kids to grow up without some morality. Two out of my four kids are still practicing Catholics. I have and continue to search for truth. I will say this, every question that I have had about the Catholic Church has been answered to my satisfaction. Whatever question one may have about Catholicism can be answered because of the vast store of information that exists within the Church itself. Recently, I have read some books and some other stories about near death experiences (NDEs). Four of them stand out: Heaven is for Real, the Gloria Polo story, Proof of Heaven, and To Heaven and Back. I don’t think that a rational person can read these stories and not believe in an afterlife or the existence of God. These stories bolster my faith in God. I choose to follow the Catholic faith because it makes the most sense to me. If God exists, and, I believe He does, then He instituted the universal or Catholic Church. I don’t believe that everyone has to be Catholic, but I think that it is irrational not to believe in God.

Facebook Bigot

This week I discovered that I am, at least partially, a bigot (intolerant person: somebody with strong opinions, especially on politics, religion, or ethnicity, who refuses to accept different views). I do have strong opinions on politics and religion. I unfriended many of the people on my Facebook page who were cheering for President Obama prior to 2012 presidential election and then gloated on Facebook after his reelection. So, I am a Facebook bigot. But, they probably didn’t like my Facebook posts either, so I did both of us a favor. The word bigot is usually used pejoratively. I accept the above definition with the exception of the last part; refuses to accept different views. I think that part should read: refuses to listen to, be exposed to or investigate different views. I think that it is almost impossible to not be exposed to different viewpoints if you watch TV, watch movies, use the Internet, or socialize with others in person. I am constantly bombarded with the views of those with whom I disagree, but that does not mean that I have to accept their views. So, for now, I’m just a Facebook bigot, and that's OK with me.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Choose your Destroyer

I believe in God and that He allowed Barak Obama to be elected for a second term as President of the United States. After reading The Harbinger, I concluded that the message of the book is: America, turn back to God, or the Judgment that is already in progress will be carried out to its conclusion. The Hurricane Sandy flood that devastated the northeastern part of the U.S. prior to the election occurred at a time that benefitted President Obama’s reelection. Then, God allowed us to choose our own destroyer. 2016: Obama’s America describes President Obama’s plan to use debt as a “weapon of mass destruction” in order to weaken the United States to the extent that it can no longer be an “Imperialist” nation. We have seen President Obama’s unwillingness to reduce reckless spending which is creating an enormous debt and will eventually cripple our economy. Vladimir Lenin once remarked that the best way to destroy a society is to destroy its money. If a society's money became valueless, it would no longer be accepted in exchange for goods and services in product markets. All we can do is pray to God to forgive our sins and change President Obama’s mind.