Do you interrupt someone when they are talking because they said something you don’t agree with? That is evidence of a closed mind—closed to other views and unable to think critically.
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Wishing for the “good ol’ days” is a set-up for disappointment.
Since that is the way things are, should we just accept whatever changes are coming our way without a whimper of protest?
I am old enough to remember when it was unacceptable for a woman to smoke a cigarette while walking down the street. After church on Sunday, the men would gather together outside and light up, but not the ladies.
Today, even though smoking itself is no longer the “in thing,”—which is also a cultural change—women are permitted to smoke wherever smoking is allowed.
It may not be necessary to rehearse that particular aspect of inequality for women, because they have gained so much in the way of being treated equally in society. However, it was a fact of life in the mid 20th century.
In today’s ‘cancel culture’ and ‘woke’ society, though, why has there been no demand to find all the archived ads featuring the “Marlboro Man?” That purely sexist advertisement should be an offense to every freedom-loving woman.
After all, it does seem that we are to attack every icon of our past for the sake of our present inhibitions.
Dr. Suess taught multitudes of kids to enjoy reading, but someone found a racist representation radical enough to reduce all his books to be less than worthy of the junk heap.
Mr. Potato Head, a genderless toy that also featured Mrs. Potato Head, has caved into the heat of the ‘woke’ imagination along with “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “Tom Sawyer”, and “Huckleberry Finn.”
Even “Uncle Remus” and his stories of the Deep South, which were designed to teach how to overcome oppression, have been panned by the politically correct police.
Monuments built to remind us of our past are being systematically attacked and destroyed.
God told Israel to set up memorials so that they would be reminded to tell their children the stories of their past.
“…then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Josh. 4:7)
In the destruction of the things from our past, we all lose. We lose our sense of history and our ability to recall the glory, the comedy and the tragedy of our past culture—which informs our present.
Without these reminders, we lose touch with who and why we are.
Church rolls are diminishing as more and more people are choosing to not attend church. Young families with their growing children, long the life-blood of the local church, are not as eager as they once were to join a congregation. That leaves mainly the older generations of Boomers and their parents, if they are still alive.
Though the title suggests this type of “graying,” that is not the theme to which I refer.
In the early years of my walk with the Lord, I often heard, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” While that sounded like something we should practice, it usually meant ‘standing against something.’
It was necessary to ‘hold the line’ and ‘earnestly contend for the faith’ (Jude 3), because heresy could raise its ugly head at any given moment. “Movements” came and went, and each one was listed as heretical by those who had been around longer than the new movement.
Most of the denominations that exist today were at one time considered heretical. Of course, some folks still consider anything outside their accepted belief system as heresy.
Today, with social media providing a pulpit for every wannabe preacher, we often hear, “The Bible clearly says…” Usually, of course, it does. But then someone else comes along and points out the Bible clearly says something contrary to what was just a moment ago quite clear.
Does the Bible contradict itself? It would certainly seem so given the scenario above. This has gone on for years and has given rise to the gray church.
While not doubting the authority nor inspiration of the Scriptures, many are beginning to think that maybe the Bible does NOT clearly speak on every little thing people want to argue about.
Sincere Christians, devout believers, followers of Jesus are not so sure that the Bible clearly teaches (fill in the blank). However, you may not hear any of them openly say so.
In this day and age when society seems so anxious to be offended about something, it is not ‘safe’ to express one’s doubt in an open atmosphere.
To say, “I am re-thinking my views on the ______” will be met with strong opposition by those who have come to a hard-line stance, because “the Bible clearly says…” In some churches, this kind of thought could quickly lead to a pastor’s dismissal, and even a defrocking in the denomination.
One does not have to have arrived at a position—simply be questioning a position. Are there possible gray areas to this ______ issue?
Many may still hold that a particular belief or behavior is wrong, but they may not be so sure the Bible is completely clear on the subject. They may be able to understand why others hold a different view.
Not only do they understand the others’ position, they may also say that they could be right, thereby admitting the possibility of error on their own part. In other words, they may not be so sure that everything is clearly black or white. There might be room for some gray in our understanding.
Horrors! Say it ain’t so, Joe!
Today, it seems to be of utmost importance that one take a stand and take it firmly. And in that place, fight off all those who would think otherwise, because right belief is the only guarantee of heaven. We dare not support this gray area of uncertainty.