Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
He should have warned that you shall know the truth and if you speak the truth people will not be very happy about it and in some cases they will crucify you. He told His followers that the world would hate them because the world first hated Him. Are you living as a Christian in such a radial counter cultural way that the world hates you? Or are you pretty much getting along with everyone?
You see we have bumped against the prime directive of our modern culture. People just need to get along with each other. I’m sorry, our world is headed toward hell and I’m not in the mood to get along with it. I would rather call it to repentance and back to godliness.
When I was in High School there were dozens of guns brought to school each day. They were in the gun racks of pickup trucks. No one brought a gun into school. No one shot up the place. We did other strange things like pledge allegiance to the flag. We read the Ten Commandments posted on the wall above the chalk board. We were taught right and wrong. We were taught respect for authority. We were taught when it meant to be good American citizens. We didn’t worry too much about rehabilitation because criminals went to jail. You broke the law, you went to jail. You broke curfew, the coach benched you. You talked back and you were suspended. There were rules and you don’t mess with the rules.
Teachers taught math, science, literature and P.E. They were not worried about our self-esteem. They wanted us to learn to think for ourselves and to reason out our answers. Colleges did not teach remedial courses, if you couldn’t pass the course, you failed. If you failed enough you went home. Some kids went home and decided that needed to suck it up and get with the college program. There were no “safe spaces” because the world is not a safe place and you’d better figure that out quickly.
There were consequences for dumb behavior.
Do you see where I am going with this? I think it is likely my flu medicine.
I grieve the loss of young lives at the Florida High School. It is insanity. It is evil. The young man who perpetrated the offense deserves the harshest punishment the state of Florida allows. It is horrible, but it is not surprising. If you remove all the boundaries from human behavior this is what happens. When you remove the idea of humans created in the image of God and precious to God, folks will treat each other accordingly.
I am no longer surprised by human sinfulness and selfishness. I am sinful and selfish. I can preach about sin, because I am an excellent sinner. I know that about myself. It is truth that is painful but will also set me free. You and I live in a sinful, selfish world. As Christians it is our obligation to point to a better way of living. We have an obligation to speak truth to power, or in this case cultural insanity and to show the world the better way of living found in Christ. The world will not like us for that. I think we should all sing “Onward Christian Soldiers” as the last hymn for Sunday and go out to battle the world!
Like I said, it is probably my flu medicine. I hope to be my usual light-hearted fluffy writing self next week. I guess the final straw for me this week is another Lucky story. He is fattening up. He is just a sweet little fellow. I took him to be neutered. I told him he was going to be tutored. The vet called and said that Lucky came through the surgery well. He also said that during the surgery they discovered and removed a BB from Lucky’s neutering zone. Who would do that to a puppy?
Good thing it is Lent. I can sit in sackcloth and ashes and mourn for our world.