Editorials - Nena Arias
This year 2020 is already promising to be very tumultuous and very challenging, whether we like it or not. War and the threat of war, revolutions, natural disasters and even worldwide plagues are demanding all of our attention. Here in America, we are also facing the difficult decision of a general election which includes the presidency, congressional seats, state governorships and many more important posts that impact all of our lives. All of these decisions reveal to us how divided we truly are as a nation. We are seeing people entertain and approve thoughts, ideas and lifestyles we never thought we would see their acceptance in America due to our value system more closely related to biblical values.
In the United States of America, we have an annual holiday that celebrates our presidents. The holiday was first established in 1800 after the death of Washington in 1799. The holiday initially only applied to the District of Columbia. It was later expanded for the whole country in 1885 to celebrate Washington's birthday and to officially honor the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. The shift into becoming President’s Day happened in the late 1960s when the emphasis of the holiday changed to commemorate all presidents of our country, past and present. The U.S. federal holiday is on the third Monday of February each year. Records show that George Washington's birthday is on February 22.
At this year’s State of the Union Address by President Donald Trump, we heard a more than glowing report of his accomplishments during his administration as president. We have witnessed his accomplishments constantly as reported on the conservative news channels. I say conservative because the liberal media does not report them. They do just the opposite. They criticize and demean everything he does.
When the rates of unhappiness, suicide, self-injury, depression, mass shootings, and loneliness are higher than ever recorded, we must conclude that the way our society is looking at life is definitely wrong.
A historical thing took place this past week. President Trump became the first sitting President to speak personally at the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. We are encouraged because this is a step in the right direction toward thrusting the eradication of the abortion on demand issue in our country. We are more than overdue for reversal of the Roe v. Wade ruling. Each year the crowds at the March for Life get bigger and this year was no exception. It was wonderful to see so many young people in the crowd who showed up to stand up and be counted with such passion about this important issue. This strength among our youth for protecting life gives us hope for the future of our country.
America’s religious freedom used to be something that was synonymous with our rights as Americans. All that changed drastically in American public schools in the early 1960s when prayer and Bible reading was taken out of our public-school system. It is more than sad to say that this anti-God agenda has continued to progress, and it now threatens to destroy our God-given freedom to worship according to the dictates of our conscience in almost all public places. It is unbelievable that all it takes is for one individual to complain that it offends them and then the rights of the majority are denied. It was never like this.
Most of us have heard the proverb that says “Hindsight is 20/20” that means it is easier to understand something after it has already happened. This expression is usually said when a person should have known something would happen, and a better decision was needed.
The year 2020 is America’s 4th centennial from the landing of the Pilgrims on the shores of Massachusetts. One hundred and two passengers arrived on the Mayflower to make a new home for themselves and their families. Half of those newcomers died that first winter. What are the odds that fifty plus people, most of which were the young children and teenagers of those who died, could have started the design of the nation that became the most powerful nation in all of human history? You guessed it—it was definitely a God thing.
Without a doubt you have heard the expression at the start of a new calendar year, “Ring out the old, Ring in the new”. That is always a refreshing thought to think that the new year brings new opportunities to remake ourselves in many ways, and why not? But if you think about it in principle, we don’t have to wait for the beginning of a new year to have those opportunities because every day that we wake up to a new day, those opportunities are there for us.
As long as I can remember, saying “Merry Christmas” was always a delightful thing to do during the Christmas season. It was a common practice to wish everyone that crossed your path at that time of the year. It somehow connected even among perfect strangers. It added so much to the taste, sights and sounds of the season and most of us looked forward to this time of year.