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8-2-06 Jack Hogan on Christian Principles and Values – “Think about it”

Jack Hogan- When I was a youngster, youth sports leagues were not available in Bogart or Oconee. Even in Athens where there were youth leagues, they would not schedule games or practice on Sundays or Wednesday evening because those were times for church and Bible study. Stores were closed on Sunday's mostly out of respect for the Lord's Day. We recited out loud together every morning the Lord's Prayer at the Bogart School. Christianity was a way of life……..

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August 1, 2006

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Jack Hogan on Christian Principles and Values – “Think about it”

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By Wendell T. Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

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Jack Hogan comes from a similar time and background as I do.   We remember the Bogart, Watkinsville, Eastville and Oconee County of the 40’s and 50’s.We have seen many changes.   Not all of it is “real progress”.

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Today’s society has less respect for history, family, institutions and values.   Nowadays, bulldozers push down historic sites and structures with little regard to its history.

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In our day in grammar school, we recited a prayer, The Lord’s Prayer, Bible Verses and sang God Bless America.Children of those days had respect for those things and what they represented.They were considered worthy of respect.

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I am not so sure we have really “progressed” that much.   Our present society has so much conflict and denigration of religion and our nation that one wonders if we will last as long as the Romans or the Ottoman Turks.A society can become too comfortable and too soft to withstand the constant attacks and challenges.

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Many of my generation worry that our nation will not be able to endure without some spirit of sacrifice and respect for real values.Greed and self-interest cannot be the foundation of any society - at least for long!


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Jack Hogan on Christian Principles

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August 1, 2006

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Think about it!

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By Jack Hogan (BOHS Class of 54)

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When I was a young boy growing up in Bogart, Georgia, Christianity had a big influence on our way of life.

I remember going "to town" (Athens) just about every Saturday. Occasionally I would walk down to the fence surrounding the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) field across the street from the old Greyhound Bus Station and watch with envy the Athens boys play football and baseball. At times, I would also go inside the YMCA building and watch the boys play basketball from the gym balcony. I believe today that a Holiday Inn stands where the building and fields use to be over fifty years ago.  

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Some fifty years later, it's rather sad to reflect and acknowledge that our Christian belief does not influence our life as it once did. Obviously, times were different then. When I was a youngster, youth sports leagues were not available in Bogart or Oconee.  Even in Athens where there were youth leagues, they would not schedule games or practice on Sundays or Wednesday evening because those were times for church and Bible study.  Stores were closed on Sunday's mostly out of respect for the Lord's Day. We recited out loud together every morning the Lord's Prayer at the Bogart School. Christianity was a way of life and it certainly was not ridiculed as seen in the media today. It was our freedom.

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And, to me, it's almost unbelievable that the latest battleground is the “C” in “YMCA.”Can you imagine! The Young Men's Christian Association was founded 150 years ago and was intended to provide Bible study and a helping hand to down-and-out men. However, in recent decades, the YMCA has become more known for their family fitness center than for their “Christian” outreach and recreational programs for youngsters. Just this past week, the YMCAs national convention met at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. One of the workshops was titled, “Your Y a Big, Small, or No C at All Association.”

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One chairman of the YMCA was recently interviewed by the Tennessean. He said, “I am not a Christian, but I respect their religion.But when I see posters and placards on the wall that reflect Christian principles, I feel left out.”Well now, that’s about like me saying as a boy that I “feel left out” after joining the Girl Scouts!

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It concerns me that we live in a very unpredictable time in the history of our nation where our freedom of religion is slowly fading. Christianity is challenged on every corner by the ACLU who is trying to take away our freedom.   And, Christianity appears to so many all right so long as it is kept within the confines of a church building. In other words, don't let it leak out, especially in our daily lives. Paul speaks of those who “did not like to retain God in their knowledge” (Romans 1:28).Are we fast becoming that society?

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We need Christians who are not ashamed to act on their faith. Our society today will not take Jesus to play and work because we think we will be thought of as religious fruit cakes. However, we need Christians who refuse to allow Christianity to be swept aside as an irrelevancy.

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And, whoever would have thought that we couldn't display the ten commandments in public places nor say a prayer at a school ball game....even though the foundation of our nation and fore fathers was built upon trusting in God. In this connection, I am very disappointed in our educational system where teachers and professors have no real concept of what religion and freedom in our nation is all about. I am as fearful of the ultra liberals in our country as I am of the Islamic fundamentalists.

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Look how much our society has changed in the last fifty years! What about our children and grandchildren? What will our faith, our freedom, and our nation look like to our children and grandchildren in the next fifty to one-hundred years? Scary isn't it?

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Think about it.


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