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We have a spiritual problem


By Theresa Camoriano

Many of the problems facing our society today stem from the fact that people have lost a sense of Godly purpose in their lives.  This is a spiritual problem that cannot be solved by government programs.

When I was a child, I was taught by my church that my purpose in life was to love God and to serve God.  I am sure most American children at that time were taught something very similar.  That translated into our trying to do what is good and right, trying to treat people fairly, trying to help others, and striving for excellence in our work, in order to serve God.  That Godly sense of purpose elevated our personal lives and our whole society.

Of course, our society always has been flawed, as all humans are, but our religion gave us a North star to guide us and give us a sense of right and wrong and a sense of direction.  We all have had the benefit of beautiful works of art and architecture, beautiful music, amazing technology, and the American form of government, which were created by people striving to glorify God.

In more recent years, many people have lost that elevated, Godly sense of purpose; they have lost their North star.  As a result, people are substituting any number of alternative “gods” to give them an alternative sense of purpose.  As G.K. Chesterton said, “The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything.”

We can see the “belief in anything” taking effect in people who have substituted worship of the earth, worship of government, worship of sex, and worship of materialism for worship of God.  We see it in people stirring up panics and hysterias for which there is not adequate evidence, like the current global warming “crisis”.

We also see it in the very disrespectful way in which people who worship substitute gods treat “apostates” who do not accept their substitute gods, and we see it in rising crime rates, which reflect a lack of respect for human life and property.

Here in Louisville, Kentucky, we have a serious crime problem, with the murder rate having doubled in recent years.  To a large extent, this is a spiritual problem.  People have adequate food, clothing and shelter, but their spiritual needs are not being met.

Our governor has recognized the spiritual aspect of the crime problem and has proposed that groups of people take walks in high crime areas and engage in prayer.  For daring to point out the spiritual aspect of the problem, he has been ridiculed by the media, with Joe Gerth of The Courier-Journal falsely claiming that the governor has said that prayer alone will solve the crime problem.  Reverend Kevin Cosby also has ridiculed the governor’s efforts.

It is clear that, like all good leftists, Gerth and Cosby worship government above God and cannot tolerate Governor Bevin’s “apostasy”.  This is very troubling, because we will not be able to deal effectively with the crime problem or with other social problems until we recognize the spiritual aspect of these problems and recognize that government alone cannot solve these social problems.

In the same vein, we recently have seen Bernie Sanders browbeating government appointees about their religious beliefs, suggesting that Christians are not fit to hold office, because they will not treat non-believers fairly.  Sanders misses the point that Christianity and Judaism teach us to treat non-believers fairly and respectfully.  In fact, the very concept of treating people fairly and respectfully comes from the Bible, which Sanders and others ridicule.

The Bible has provided wisdom that has served humanity well for thousands of years.  Even atheists should appreciate the spiritual aspect of our lives and the need for a North star to give us inspiration and direction.  As the Bible teaches us, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Instead of ridiculing and denigrating Governor Bevin and others who are speaking about the need to address the spiritual aspect of our social problems, people ought to listen and appreciate the fact that they do not have all the answers.  They ought to hold up a mirror and ridicule themselves for suggesting that our social problems can be solved by government alone.  I will not hold my breath waiting for that to happen.


(Theresa Camoriano is a patent attorney in Louisville, Kentucky.)

June 11th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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