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The New Ministry

I grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and currently reside in Florida.


In days gone by the country was wild and untamed

Vagrancy, illegitimacy, violence and barbarity

The Church offered stable community

spiritual nourishment, social regimentation, place and purpose

The Church lost its hold, removed from daily life

In culture and society, no longer does it hold sway

Today lost souls turn to social justice causes

Championing a political cause to find their way

Television is the new Minister, it preaches to its flock

Those who watch want to believe, the willingly ignorant

Their actions and their causes sow the seeds of that;

which their ancestors struggled so desperately to escape

…. vagrancy, illegitimacy, violence and barbarity

The social and cultural norms that united and nourished

The enemy of progress and progressive justice.

© 2019 Ken Burgess


Betty A F from Florida on August 31, 2019:

You covered a lot of ground with your poem. I was raised in a Christian home, and my mother was very strict about what we could and couldn't watch on television. We attended church three times a week. Two services on Sunday, one in the morning and one at night, along with a service every Wednesday night. It's interesting to see how much churches have changed in such a short time. I can see how the Church held such influence over the original settlers and how it once set standards that affected the overall direction of our nation. Today it's the other way around.

I read an article yesterday about how the democrats have began a campaign aimed at the "religiously unaffiliated." They don't hold the same values that Christians hold. Each time they've attempted to "connect," with people of faith, they end up showing their lack of faith. So, they've decided that their base consists of those who have rejected traditional faith, and the Christian God.

Back in college, I had to write an essay on how television influenced different generations. Early on with the invention of "television," there were actual studies that showed how TV programs influenced the entire nation. In the 1950's it was typical for people to talk about the latest episode of "I Love Lucy," because just about everyone watched it. With each generation sitcoms actually set the standard idealism of what family, relationships, and home should look like. As you look at the different eras, the sitcoms literally reflected the overall views and lifestyles of the majority of Americans. From "Leave it to Beaver," in the 50's and 60's, to the dysfunctional "Married with Children," in the 80's & 90's, and today's sitcoms where just about everything Americans once found unacceptable is suddenly no big deal.

It's no wonder they call television shows "programs," because it seems that's exactly what they do.

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on July 22, 2019:

James thank you, the obviousness of it has become clear to me over the decades

Having been raised in a religiously grounded community, where things like politeness, respect and manners were taught and expected, and seeing how over the years they removed faith from schools, from tv shows, from daily life...

And what do we have to show for it, Transgenders using girl's bathrooms, Pedophelia being openly discussed as OK by some groups, no politeness or respect for anyone and the vilification of our President by the media which fabricates one story after another about how despicable he is...

A people that have no faith and have nothing in common, have no society... liberal - progressive agendas do not free people from shackles, they enslave them to uncertainty, misery, and chaos as they work to undermine the society which we depend upon for our safety and security.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on July 21, 2019:

Regarding pedophilia, hey, the mainstream media and the social justice warriors are only protecting their masters.

It is certainly going to be fun finding out, and I do so hope we do find out, who all has been guests at Pedostein's pedo-party island.

It's sad we only have the faintest of hopes for prosecuting former US Presidents.

The social justice mob is typically blinded or whatnot, to where they do not see a connection, I don't guess, between the Epstein's of the world, and political Islam. All Islam being political Islam, and the prophet of Islam having been a pedophile.

I feel like we are in the middle of The Lord of the Rings, or maybe the Star Wars saga. The evil empire and all the goblins have been winning battle after battle, but just right now, with the Trump admin and the rising right wing groups in Europe, there is just enough of a chance to keep hope alive.

James A Watkins from Chicago on July 21, 2019:

I enjoyed your fine poem. It expresses a needful truth. Thank you for it, Ken.

Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on July 18, 2019:


It struck me when I was reading about the history of Andrew Jackson, how settlers coming to this country craved order, protection, community that they could only achieve with the help of the church (though the faith often differed Protestant, Presbyterian, etc.)…

Today's efforts to destroy the Christian community built up in America has led to the growing effort to include pedophiles as normal in society, the acceptance of transgenders, opening our arms to people who spew hate consistently like Ilhan Omar and allowing them to steer this Nation's course... in short the destruction of everything past generations worked and sacrificed to build up.


Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, the full-blown attacks on our society and the people who created it are no longer being hidden by those seeking America's destruction (reconstruction) too many good people still keep their heads in the sand despite its obviousness.

Vivian Coblentz on July 17, 2019:

Short and sweet but a profound commentary about social justice replacing salvation. God and biblical truth are taken from the equation as people become judges of right and wrong.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on July 17, 2019:

Good morning, Ken.

Rejecting God has plagued Europe with invaders who seek to overthrow European civilization. It's pretty much the exact same thing here in the US, and up in Canada. God has been rejected, and so we've been sent an invasion to deal with, and plenty of domestic rot to go along with it.

The story is older than most of the hills.

On the upside, the MSM has a self inflicted credibility crisis. There are absolutely people stupid enough to still believe CNN or MSNBC represent valid news. I see them insult everyone around on websites like this one.

If someone links to CNN or MSNBC, or loads of others - they are absolutely insulting your intelligence.

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