By Aria Hopes
Life today has different meanings to all sorts of different people, but the main question that many people have in mind is: what is life, really? In today’s society, most people believe life is simply a time period to live out the best of your potential with as much money, looks, and popularity or fame as possible to achieve during their lifetime, enjoying the road along the way. Though, life really is so much more. Most people take it for granted, the life that we’re given, going as they please and doing as they wish with little to no regard of what may lie ahead.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, as discovered by scientist Isaac Newton. The same goes for life in that the choices we make have an effect on the future, nothing goes into a void. Though, the question is: what kind of future matters? Like many things people invest in, they don’t buy anything to lose money; they buy to gain profit. Only by mistake will an investor invest in something that won’t last and will cost him dearly. No one wants to lose out, and everyone, at heart, wants to find something that lasts forever.
In life, what matters is life. Life lasts forever. When we die we are still alive, every human being’s soul never dies. What matters now is how we choose to spend our life; in other words, how we choose to invest our time and self. God has given each of us our own choices to make; what to do with our lives is up to us. Though I see so many people just blowing with the wind, so to speak. So many people missing out on what life really is. So many people hurting because they just can’t make the right choices. Not on their own.
Though there truly is so much pain in the world with drugs, violence, child abuse, bullying, murder, theft, the violation of people’s rights, people becoming confused of who they are, and so many people facing depression and committing suicide, as if the loss of someone’s life were nothing. It’s pitiful, and horrible of what the United States of America, as a whole, has become. However, there is always hope. Because if people would focus on what’s important, what really matters – their heart and soul – and put God back in our country and schools, then how much less sorrow would we honestly face?
On occasions of devastation in the U.S., such as September 11th, 2001, when the two World Trade Centers were destroyed and so many lost their lives, where did people turn? Where did they find peace? They found it in God, where churches were filled, and people found exactly what they were looking for – hope. How many other occasions has this happened in history? With the separation from Great Britain, the time of Great Awakening, the Second Great Awakening, the Civil War, etc. At what point and time were we as a country more successful and at peace? We could understand that God is the one to bring us out of trouble, how can we not understand God is the one to keep us out of it?
After all, how it all started, the founding of everything, was from God. In 1492 Cristobal Colon, more commonly known as Christopher Columbus, sailed across the great seas searching for a land to spread Christianity and hope. In short, he found America. A blessing from God. Thus from then on we were a blessed land. We made history, with men like George Washington, who stated in the Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” As well as Daniel Webster who said, “Education is useless without a Bible.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, “Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first–the most basic–expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God’s help, it will continue to be.” James Madison, Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, all good men who respected our country and loved it dearly and respected God. Even our own government the United States Congress in 1782 passed this resolution: “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”
Did America somehow lose our roots? Our foundation? Without a foundation a house cannot stand; without a foundation, there will be a house divided. Why would we change our country for people who do not understand where God is in our history? It physically hurt no one to see a Bible in a courthouse, and it is our heritage, our roots, our foundation. No one was forced to believe. Why should we be forced to take that away? Because, in the long run, we have one life, and it counts once. Forever, means more than today.
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About the Author: Aria Hopes has a passion for God and a passion for writing that He has given her. Many things she addresses in her articles are: emotional problems, relationships, society, new and old Christian artists, songs, movies, beliefs, etc., and or how they are seen through her opinion as well as the Bible’s, including God’s standards in everything. Aria hopes to become either a Christian Counselor, writer, lawyer, and business owner, or all. She is interested in law, government, psychology, art, counseling, etc. Her hobbies include reading, drawing, writing music, playing music, singing, writing poetry, etc.