In the old song titled above, there is a line which says, “How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?” For whatever reason as I was drifting into a nap, those words kept reverberating in my mind. How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see? Even as I periodically woke up, thanks to an uncooperative arm, the resounding of those words continued. How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see? To what do we keep turning our heads, I wondered? Many things came to mind especially the conversation I had earlier in the morning about our status as a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Yet, shortly after taking office, President Obama made an astonishing declaration. He stated that the United States is not a Christian nation. For those who want it to remain a nation of Judeo-Christian heritage, the President’s attitude immediately creates a stark divide between those who clutch to our Christian heritage and those who don't. Unfortunately, President Obama’s declaration reflects the direction this country has been headed. However, if we aren’t a Christian nation any longer, then what are we? Are we truly losing that sacred identity? Are we therefore destined to the fate of so many nations who have lost their Christian way? As we continually lose moral and ethical ground in our families, churches, schools, cities, government, and the nation, indeed, I wonder: “How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?” The answer may be Blowin’ in the Wind with my nap, but perhaps we ought to wake up.
"The family is at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death." -Pope John Paul II