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Keller: What would the ‘Greatest Generation’ think?

“The Greatest Generation” is a book written by Tom Brokaw. It tells the moving story of the men and women who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. When these young men and women should have been thinking of what the future held for them, all their plans and dreams were interrupted on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

America was at war with two of the world’s most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled (Japan and Germany).

After a late start, we answered the call and came together against great odds, but no one protested. We won the war and saved the world.

In victory, we paid a big price with many who fought bravely and died protecting America and the rest of the world. Those who survived came home to a joyous and short-lived celebration. Then they began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world that they wanted.

When Mr. Brokaw published this book over 20 years ago, America was the country for which The Greatest Generation fought. I wonder what he would call this generation. Maybe a good title for that book would be “The Most Dysfunctional Generation.”

I think the men and women of “The Greatest Generation” would be disappointed with what America has become. We aren’t one nation under God. In fact, God is ignored in every area of our society – in education, the military, politics, athletics and most abused in the entertainment industry. The churches credited with making America great years ago, still preach the sovereignty of God, but believe more in the sovereignty of men.

I believe it’s a good thing most of “The Greatest Generation” are no longer with us. They don’t have to witness the flag they represented, fought and died for being stepped on and burned. Also, our beautiful National Anthem, that I still respect and stand up for, is now used to call attention to injustices of the past with no consideration for what “The Greatest Generation” came together and united to give us.

Many people seem to have given up hope, but I haven’t. Why? Because God is aware of the problem and gives us the solution in Il Chronicles 7:14 — “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084 or call (985) 652-8477.