Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Harold Keller / L’Observateur / June 21, 2000

According to the Bible, “a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”(James 1:8) If that’s accurate, which I believe without a doubt, then a nation of double-minded people will be unstable in all its ways.

America has become an unstable nation. Case in point: This past weekend,two news releases proved that we, as a nation, are confused. One releaseout of Washington, D.C. read: “Death penalty becoming a presidentialcampaign issue.”According to many political analysts, this issue has overtaken the abortion issue. Both George W. Bush and Vice-President Al Gore favor thedeath penalty. Bush has a proven record as governor of Texas. He hassigned a record number of death sentences. Al Gore, on the other hand, hasno record other than his statement. He has not had to make a decision onputting a convicted criminal to death.

In this day of polls, both seem to be looking at the polls. When politicianslook at polls, convictions are replaced with compromise. In 1960, 42percent of Americans favored the death penalty. In 1994, that percentagesoared, with 80 percent of the same people favoring the death penalty.

Today, 66 percent support it – still strong support, but beginning to weaken.

The other news release came from a Los Angeles poll. The headlines read:”Poll finds conflicted views on abortion.” In this poll, 57 percent of thepeople polled said that abortion is murder, but more than half believed that women should have the right to choose. Sounds crazy? The poll wasfull of responses that were contradictory.

For instance, 65 percent of those questioned said that they oppose a constitutional amendment banning abortions, but only 43 percent said that they support the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision thatlegalized abortion.

Are we a nation of double-minded and unstable people? You be the judge.

The bottom line is that we, as a nation, really don’t know what we believe.

We live on feelings, not convictions.

HAROLD KELLER writes this column as part of his affiliation with the Get High on Life religious motivational group.

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