TERRY RATHMANN          A Shepherd's Life


PRINCETON, NJ -- The large majority of Americans -- 77% of the adult population -- identify with a Christian religion, including 52% who are Protestants or some other non-Catholic Christian religion, 23% who are Catholic, and 2% who affiliate with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Another 18% of Americans do not have an explicit religious identity and 5% identify with a non-Christian religion.

God and Country

What happened? Doesn’t the majority rule in the United States of America? If 77% of Americans categorize themselves as Christians, then why is speaking the name Jesus Christ getting more difficult in groups, organizations and all types of institutions? Why are Americans electing individuals who incorporate traditions of man versus the traditions of God Almighty and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Have we stopped caring about God and our Country in our pursuit of liberty, wealth and happiness? Do the citizens of the United States of America now believe that we do not need to follow God’s 10 Commandments? Is it now acceptable in our culture to worship graven images, to take the LORD’S name in vain, to disrespect our parents, to murder people, to rape or commit adultery, to steal from your classmates, your boss, your neighbors, to lie to your mother and father, your teacher or your supervisor, and anyone who breaths oxygen?

I ask these questions so that you may ask the same questions within your families and your communities. The goal is simply to have people start a discussion with other citizens about the questions listed above. And if you don’t like the answers, then ask yourself what you can do locally to bring about a change that will lead to a more favorable answer to the questions that are important to you and your family.