Meridian Star


June 28, 2014

Quiet Corner: One Nation


Ben Carson was born in the slums of Detroit, abandoned by his father, and considered the dumbest student in his elementary classroom. Although his mother had only a third grade education, she had a vision for her two sons. She also had strong faith in God’s ability to help them achieve their destiny. When Ben and his brother were making failing grades, Sonya Carson prayed this prayer: “God, You’ve got to help me! My boys need help, and they deserve a chance.” While she was praying, the idea came to her to put them on a book assignment. After they began reading two library books a week their grades improved.

         Sonya taught her boys that God did not make inferior or superior races, and that because they were black did not mean they were dumb and supposed to fail. Ben Carson took heed, worked hard, and became a world famous neurosurgeon, the first to successfully separate Siamese twins who were joined at the head. His brother became a successful aeronautical engineer. Thus, in spite of overwhelming circumstances, Sonya’s boys achieved the “American dream.”

        In Dr. Benjamin Carson’s newest book, One Nation, he expresses his love for America, but he also expresses his concern that Americans have lost the vision of our founding fathers for this great nation. He believes that we are slowly losing our freedoms because of “Big Government.”  He says, “Knowing that the future of my grandchildren is in jeopardy because of reckless spending, god-less government, and mean-spirited attempts to silence critics left me no choice but to write this book.”

         Dr. Carson suggests that the majority of American citizens are much more interested in the performance of their professional sports stars than they are in holding political leaders accountable. He suggests that we must become informed voters and acquire a basic knowledge of American history and current events. “Our founders established a spectacular vision for America,” writes Carson. “They embedded the vision in the Constitution of the United States of America and intended for that document to be revered and held up as a guidepost for a truly free society.”

         Dr. Carson believes that America has lost her moral compass. For many years, most Americans turned to a belief in God and the Bible. “We held to a Judeo-Christian standard,” says Carson, “while respecting the beliefs of those who didn’t share them.” He is concerned that fewer people believe in the Bible today and that this has severely damaged our society.

         Carson is convinced that concerned citizens must have the courage to stand up for what is right and to refuse political correctness. He also suggests that if we remain silent, we could see, in the future, a dictatorship with brutal domination of any individual or group who opposes the leadership.

       Dr. Ben Carson encourages us to remember that America is still the home of the brave and that it is time for us to stand up and preserve our flag and our freedoms, declaring that we are “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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