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Pastor’s Letter, March 12, 2021
What Was It Like 60-70 Years Ago?
Dick Van Dyke Bonanza Ozzie & Mary Tyler Moore Harriet
The Good Guys Always Won; Bad Guys Always Lost …
and Life Was Less Complicated
If you recognize these programs then you are a Baby Boomer and grew up in a less complex world…
Ricky Nelson was not selling cocaine, Beaver & Wally Cleaver were not gang members in East Los Angeles, Sheriff Andy Griffith was not taking bribes, Jackie Robinson was not on steroids, and Dr. Marcus Welby was never charged with practicing medicine without a license. Neither was Dennis the Menace ever a racist nor Mr. Ed facing tax evasion, nor was Robert Young ever charged with embezzlement at his office. Also Dobie Gillis did not have needles and Captain Kangaroo did not hate kids nor think to steal one.
Yes, there were problems...but not to the same magnitude as there are now. Society is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. Today’s world is riddled with gargantuan problems described by such unanticipated new terms such as: “road rage”; “unhinged”; “sleeper cells”; “going postal”; child abuse; child abduction; “rolling blackouts”; “9-11”; and “online porn”. In addition, 60 million abortions have been performed in America. Calls to defund police have led to inner city riots while Americans have gotten accustomed to hearing of indiscriminate shooting sprees taking place in elementary schools, high schools and colleges.
One does not have to be a Baby Boomer to understand
Like A Frog Adjusted to Boiling Water
There is a major danger that, as people get bombarded with endless false teachings and perverted values, they can become calloused, desensitized, and indifferent. If people in the 1950s could somehow suddenly time travel to 2021, they would be shocked and perhaps horrified to see today’s state of affairs. They would wonder how 60 million American babies were put to death, how the government did not protect its citizens, and how indiscriminate mass murder could all too frequently occur in elementary schools.
Columbine Massacre Homeless without Hope Insecurity in Portland
Although the love of many waxes cold (II Timothy 3 & Matthew 24:12 Matthew 24:12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
American King James Version×) the love of committed Christians must remain hot. It seems that too many are “lukewarm.”
Lukewarmness is an unacceptable compromise between good and bad behavior and likely represents the first step to getting cold. There was a classic assault of a woman in New York City years ago in which an assailant stabbed her almost 100 times until she died on the street. Apparently scores of neighbors in a near-by high rise apartment building heard her screams, yet not a single person called the police for help. Must it be that we have to be in danger before we lift a finger to establish support and concern? It could be easy to retreat from caring as we might try to insulate ourselves from the rest of society but that would be counterproductive to caring for others – at least where it is safe to do so.
Like the Frog who died in boiling water
We dare not lose our spiritual sensitivity … We dare not become indifferent. Otherwise we could drift into these problems ourselves and become increasingly tolerant of sin. Are we still able to be shocked…and do we sigh and cry for the horrors that evil-minded people propagate? I am reminded of a hardened American soldier in the South Pacific during World War II that saw so much bloodshed and killing that he became inured to basic sensitivity. He recalled eating a lunch while sitting on a dead body that conveniently was located near-by. He had become that calloused. It was years later that he regained his sensitivities as he persisted in asking God to help him develop a caring heart for others.
Ephesians 4:19 Ephesians 4:19Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
American King James Version×and Ezekiel 9:4 Ezekiel 9:4And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the middle thereof.
American King James Version×both show that God is looking for Christians with caring hearts. With God’s Holy Spirit, even the most calloused among us can develop a caring heart. We all need to guard our sensitivity regarding what is right and what is wrong.
Don Knotts Andy Griffith
Father Knows Best
At least in prime time major media markets, programs such as the “Flintstones,” “Father Knows Best,” and “Andy Griffith” might plummet in the Arbitron ratings because they are not lurid enough with diabolical infighting and hatred. Unless Alfalfa, Beaver, or Timmy Martin sold cocaine, got into fights, or stole money, they could never attain high ratings nowadays. The principles brought out in Robert Young’s “Father Knows Best” would probably be objected to as being politically and socially incorrect. The sad fact is that insensitivity breeds more insensitivity and today’s audiences (as well as today’s lifestyles) suggest that society needs more and more shocking sensationalism to hold peoples’ interest.
We can’t afford to follow society’s retrogression. We must isolate ourselves from evil. At times like this we need to “remember Lot’s wife” in Genesis 19 whose heart never left degenerate Sodom and who died as a result. During this spring festival season, we need more than ever to protect our sensitivity to sin.
Services this week:
FT MYERS Randy McQuien will be giving the sermon this week.
OCALA Bob Orosz will be speaking this week.
TALLAHASSEE I will speak this Sabbath in Tallahassee at 1:30 at the Marriott Hotel (1972 Raymond Diehl Rd. near I-10).
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