Ponderings with Doug – February 23, 2018

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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.

 

10 thoughts on “Ponderings with Doug – February 23, 2018

  1. Well spoken Doug, God is what’s missing in our schools and homes today. If they aren’t taught any values at home, then how are our teachers suppose to do it at school. I grew up in those times also, we didn’t worry about the gun in the back window of the truck. They were either going hunting or went before school. We are going to have to stand up for our Christian values or we are going to turn around and they will be gone.

  2. First of all, Doug, thanks for neutering Lucky. The world needs more responsible pet owners like you. And second, POOR LUCKY! What kind of subhuman would shoot a puppy.
    Guess I’m still wet behind the ears compared to you, but I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, and all the Bubbas at my high school had guns in their trucks when they pulled into the parking lot every morning. Everybody settled their differences without using any weapons but fists. And when you stepped out of line at school or at home, you were punished; in fact, sometimes what you got at school was nothing compared to the shaming you got from your mom and dad.
    I don’t remember seeing the 10 commandments at school, probably because they got drilled into our heads in Sunday School every week, and no one needed to remind us what was wrong and what was right.
    I’m grateful for my parents, teachers, neighbors, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who taught me those life lessons. I’ve tried to pass them on to my child. I don’t know what the answer is to the epidemic of violence in our country. I don’t know if stricter gun laws will curb it. All I do know is that guns kill. They always have and always will. But not every person kills. Maybe if we can figure out what circumstances make a child do such a terrible and tragic thing, what turns that child into someone with little or no regard for life, we can begin to heal our country.

  3. Hurray for you Doug! You spoke your onions! Good for you! I myself have the same thoughts and it ticks me off that GOD has been taken out of too many areas of our lives! I continually pray for things to turn around! Thank again for standing up for the rest of us and saying what needs to be said!

  4. Pastor Doug, you nailed it! There is both good and evil in this world and when you remove the good from our education systems, homes and communities, tragedy results. You understand the solution to our problems. I wish your perspective was given on all the major media outlets.

  5. Thanks Doug. I always enjoy your articles Yep I remember those days, most of my buddies went hunting
    either before school or after. Values have changed so much , its a different world no doubt.
    JC

    • Born and raised in Natchitoches, I have lived in the northeast for over 40 years. I agree that we need more faith in God in the USA, but that is not going to end the gun violence in schools and other public plalces. We need stricter gun laws in this country including stricter background checks, better mental health background checks, and shared information between states. And assault weapons, which were designed for the military to use for killing the enemy, have to be outlawed. Nobody wants to outlaw firearms or take away anybody’s second amendment rights; we only want more sensible firearm regulations.

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