Hello, my name is Sara Lewis, I am an eighth grader from Big Timber, Montana. This is my Right to Life Speech.
What is Going On?
What is Going On? Have you ever done a self assessment and saw that something is not right in your life, and in order to achieve self improvement and/or happiness you must make changes to correct it? I am sure the answer is yes, as we all have problems to address and decisions to make on a daily basis. Before we can address a problem, we must identify the root of the problem, form a plan or resolution and then execute it in order for us to regroup or realign ourselves with the truths and/ or our moral beliefs. Perseverance and dedication is required, it is not always easy to achieve your goals without some level of pain. If you stay the course and achieve your goals, the rewards are usually plentiful.
OK, now I want to ask you….. why am I up here giving a speech ? The reason is because the moral fabric of our society has been tattered, if not torn, and I am here to discuss the cause. I know I was supposed to prepare a speech on a specific Right to Life topic, one that probably would’ve provided startling, unbelievable facts and figures on mind blowing things occurring in our society, but chose to go deeper, and try to identify and communicate the underlying problems.
All of the topics, abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and stem cell research have common threads, they are a complete disrespect and a lack of dignity for human life, and they are wrongdoings that have become legal or are being considered to become legal here in the United States. I want to point out that these wrong doings did not become legal as a result of the majority vote of the people, but were judgment decisions made by either the legislative, judicial and executive branches of our government.
Therefore, I ask myself the following:
Is removing God and Christian values from our society the correct thing to do?
As a nation, are we responsibly carrying out the constitution implemented by our founding fathers?; and
Has our legislative, judicial and executive branches of our government done the right thing for the right reasons?
If above were true, then the world should be a much better and safer place for my generation and for future generations to come…correct? I wish I could believe it were true, but I have several concerns regarding the direction we are headed, and that direction is not aligned with our forefathers values and spiritual beliefs. We are drifting away from the society that was built on the Ten Commandments and an “In God we Trust” nation to a secular nation that is selectively removing Christian values, the foundation on which this country was built.
Many have argued that since World War II, our society, along with many other European societies, have or are trying to abandon their traditional norms rooted in Christianity and replacing them with continuously evolving relative moral rules, otherwise known as moral relativism.
Moral Relativism is an idea where there is no ultimate standard for good or evil, so every judgment about right and wrong is purely a product of a person’s preferences and environment. Since moral relativism does not have an ultimate standard of morality, it makes no statement or position on what can be considered absolutely “right or wrong”, “good or evil”, “best or worst.” When it becomes dominant, the legitimate moral principles are no longer the foundation of our laws. Moral relativism strongly encourages people to look for ways to “get away with it”, after all, it’s just one person’s opinion against someone else’s. In a morally relativistic culture, the only real reason to do (or not do) anything is to avoid the consequences from other people. If everyone in society really, truly acted as though right and wrong were purely matters of opinion, then society would implode into a battle of “MIGHT makes right”.
It is easy to see that no modern civilization has ever been built on a foundation of “moral relativism”, however, moral relativism is a widely held position in the modern world. I consider it as a cancer or a parasite, it has attached itself to our society, a healthy being, and is weakening us and is causing destruction and the justification of immoral behavior. Once it is imbedded, it is extremely difficult to cure and / or reverse. So why are we allowing this to happen? I guess the thought is, if we remove God and his absolute values from our society we will remove guilt and our conscience becomes optional. Is this the right thing to do? If so, it really scares me, this philosophy has infiltrated our society and is selectively being applied to the sanctity of life, marriage, family values and to our own personal behaviors…….where will it stop?
A TV commercial once aired showing an Indian Chief assessing the damage done as a result of pollution. After seeing the damage done to his once clean fisheries and hunting grounds, the Indian Chief was shown with a tear running down his cheek. It was a sign of sadness and disappointment for man’s neglect and maltreatment of the environment. In parallel, I could see our founding fathers, and others who fought and died to preserve our beliefs, with a tear running down their cheek. It too, would be a sign of sadness and disappointment in us, as our value systems and beliefs are now firmly planted in mid-air, not on the foundation they built for us. I am sure this is not what they had anticipated or intended.
How do we resolve this issue? The first and most important is for all eligible voters to vote and make your vote count. Research the background of the candidates and make sure you vote for the candidate whose agenda is aligned with your own values and beliefs. We need to make sure that we elect the right representatives so that when judicial appointments are necessary, the right candidate is selected, the one who supports life and our value systems. Let’s not allow someone to fix something that is not broken.
Another way to counter moral relativism is through involvement, we need get involved, work hard and provide support to groups and churches that are fighting for our common beliefs and values. We cannot rollover and allow the continuance of moral relativism to spread, we need to keep it under control. We need to keep Christian values as our foundation, be the voice of the voiceless, preserve our constitution and fight for the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Let’s have faith that RIGHT makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand.”
In conclusion, by removing God, we open the door to the enemy. So, let’s keep the faith, do what’s right and keep God as our guiding light. By doing so, our values and the foundation built by forefathers will be restored and the rewards will be plentiful for my generation and for future generations.
With special thanks to Rolland & Lianna Karlin
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