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I used to think I would never grow old. In fact I used to worry about even reaching 50. I thought that living through a half of a century would be like living forever. Well now that 50 is as much a part of history as the 55 MPH speed limit and I have seen what I have seen these past 60+ years, I need to sound off every now and then just to let people know that they too are a part of living history and how very important their every action or omission is not only in chronicling the past but in designing the future.

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When I get older, losing my hair,
Many years from now...
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?



Oops, sorry for drifting out on you, but… Paul McCartney wrote that song in the late 1950s, a few years before my high-school graduation. Age sixty-four seemed a millennium away to me then, but not so far now. In fact it isn't even over the horizon.

By the end of 1964, Just a few short years after that song came out, the Beatles had come to the States, President John F Kennedy was dead, I was a US Marine Veteran looking at going to Vietnam and one of the founders of rock and roll, Bill Haley of the Comets, had gone on to meet our Maker.

Since those early adolescent days of mine, the world and I have witnessed many incredible changes. Some of them have been welcomed changes while others have not been so beneficial to mankind. Some of the alleged advancements that don’t live up to their billings when analyzed are evidenced especially by their influences on the moral decline of our Western, once Christian, society.

The Christianity that so impressed me when I studied it in the early 60’s has been banished by our present “Babylonian” like culture to the more remote precincts of our society as a suspect and even potentially dangerous ideology. It is apparently considered by some opponents to be lethal to the survival of our democratic freedoms. Just look at the kinds of cases being brought before the courts today by the ACLU.

I wonder when I think back to my time in Vietnam when the “Folk Music” seemed to foretell of that “New World Order” we hear so much about today and I know that folk singers and songwriters like Bob Dylan caught the genuine revolutionary character of the times in song, like his 1963,The Times, They Are A'Changin:

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land;
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command.
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
The times, they are a 'changin!



I don’t, however, think God sent them as prophets. I think it is more likely that the humanistic activists of a whole generation began to work toward developing this ”New World Order” into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Still, Dylan was a bard of one of the true American Revolutions, - the Sixties "Cultural" or "Sexual Revolution." A revolution that impacted the way our society subsequently viewed ethics, values and morality as much as the revolution in 1776 impacted our relationship with England.

Another hit song from that era described the changin' times as "The Eve of Destruction," (Meaning: out with the old) while the musical HAIR announced "The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius" (Meaning: in with the new).

Jungian psychologist June Singer, in her book, Androgyny: Towards a New Theory of Sexuality, made it clearer: the "Age of Aquarius would be the Age of Androgyny." Could the revolution realy go that far?

I think that even to the most casual observer it is obvious that things have gone even farther. Consider the following “cultural” vs. "moral" victories and ask yourself if these are not the results of a genuine revolution?

The victory...

· Of the "Me-generation" over the "We-generation”
· Of relative truth over absolute truth
· Of self-interested lying over spontaneous truth-telling
· Of promiscuity over modesty
· Of recreational over procreational sex
· Of condoms and the “morning after pill” over abstinence
· Of cohabitation over marriage
· Of divorce over life-long monogamy
· Of abortion over an unborn child's right to life.
· Of career women over mothers
· Of feminists over the patriarchs
· Of humankind over mankind
· Of children's rights over parents
· Of gay rights over moral outrage
· Of moral chaos over moral consensus
· Of freedom over commitment
· Of rights over responsibilities
· Of a guilt-free consciousness over a sensitive conscience
· Of "New History" over Patriotic History
· Of multi-culturalism over the American melting pot
· Of government by the courts over government by the consent of the people
. Of the "living Constitution" over the written Constitution
· Of the UN Charter over the American Constitution
· Of the global over the national
· Of world Governance over the Nation-state
· Of the video over the book
· Of the postmodern over modernity
· Of personal agendas in education over the academic pursuit of truth
· Of education for ideological engineering over education for academic excellence
· Of politically-correct speech over free speech
· Of partisan commentary over dispassionate news reporting
· Of the irrational over the rational
· Of the earth-based spiritualists over the materialists
· Of the rest of creation over human beings
· Of eastern over western in both medicine and spirituality
· Of meditation over prayer
· Of the goddess over God
· Of "the Cosmic Force" over the personal God of the Bible
· Of post-Christian culture over Christendom
· Of spirituality over doctrine
· Of the many ways to heaven over the One Way
· Of the world's "holy books" over the Bible
· Of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Judas or Da Vinci over Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
· Of the BCE/CE over BC/AD
· Of Winter Break over Christmas
· Of Spring Break over Easter
· Of the "Age of Aquarius" [pagan spirituality] over the "Age of Pisces" [the Fish of Christianity]
· Of multi-faith pagan America over "Christian" America.



In only one generation, America has seemingly helped lead western culture in the abandonment of two millennia of Christian values and perfection, returning to the spiritual and cultural paganism of the Greco-Roman world.

Lennon's "Imagine" says it all.

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one



As the Third Millennium dawns, Christians need to rediscover their voices! II Timothy Chapter 3 Verses 1-5 are screaming at each of us daily as we try and live our lives for Christ in what is becoming a more pagan, and materialistic culture.

But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power therefore. From these also turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5 ASV)

When a nation, culture or society is strong, it can usually only be defeated or destroyed from within. That is what I see is happening to our western and Christian world today. We Christians are allowing our own misguided society to set the acceptable moral and ethical personal norms for us without using the God given courage and wisdom (let alone reading the Bible) to stand in the gap that is developing between the absolute right and wrong that is the basis of all conflict in the battle of Good vs. Evil.

If the original, truly revolutionary Gospel was powerful enough to turn the ancient pagan Empire upside down, it can do the same today. Like our Christian forerunners, we must declare with fearless courage, even if costs us our status in our society.

CHRISTOS KURIOS: CHRIST IS LORD,

FIRMUS IN CHRISTO: STEADFAST IN CHRIST

and

SEMPER FIDELIS: ALWAYS FAITHFUL.



These are more than advertising slogans; they are words to live by and must be written, not on your bicep, but on your heart. So when someone tells you to put your religion away tell them you can’t because your Christianity is more than a religion, it is your lifestyle and what made this country what it once was and can be again.

God Bless you all
Chaplain Fairman




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