Americans have access to great teaching. You can get it on the radio, on TV, in magazines and in books. It is sad, though, that 97% of what bombards us in this culture is trash. You have to know where to look for the truth, because it's lost among the flood of foolishness.
My times in the US are refreshing because I can hear more profound thoughts and ideas here in the US than I ever do in the culture of rural Haiti. BUT, all also hear many more lies here in the US. From time to time here in the US I find gems, bits of truth that sway the direction of life decisions. They are truly like gems in that you find them pretty much only while you are searching. The lies in this culture, however, are like raindrops. THEY find YOU. And if you fail to protect yourself, you will be dampened.
TV shows push our ideas. Songs push our ideas. News stories push our ideas. Magazines push our ideas. Why all of the pushing? What is the objective?
Americans pride themselves on being free thinking. Oh, really? I don't think anyone participating in this culture is able to think freely anymore. We've all been contaminated to some degree. In days gone by, X was bad and Y was good. Then there was a philosophy that dominated a generation: there is no right and wrong because everything is relative. Now, stealthy campaigns have taught us that X is good and Y is bad. Is there any doubt that one hand is behind the whole thing? One force that has a vested interest in pushing people a certain direction.
People have an enemy. His name is Satan. People have a Savior. His name is Jesus. One of the two longs for you to live your entire life doubting and thinking for yourself...never trusting.
I trust Jesus.
Missionary in Haiti.