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Some things just don’t make any sense!

By Preacher Chris Rathbone

Mitchell County

Every time I read the paper or watch the news I am amazed and often dumbfounded at what is going on in our country. There are some things that just don’t make much sense to me. We seem to have educated ourselves into losing all common sense. Things that should be simple, common sense issues have been made into such complicated debates that most people can’t even understand what the debate is about! Let me give a few examples.

A few years ago, there was a story on the evening news from a South Carolina station that went something like this. A woman who was addicted to heroin gave birth to a baby. Of course, as expected, the baby had major complications and only lived a few weeks and sadly, died. The mother was arrested, tried, and convicted for manslaughter and placed in prison. As sad as that is, here is something worst. She could have had that same baby aborted during the pregnancy and not one charge would have been brought against her. This goes on every single day in this country. Babies are killed in a mother’s womb and a lot of people seem to be ok with it. Just doesn’t make much sense to me.

In our school systems today, our children can study and read a book written by Adolf Hitler called “Mein Kampf”. And probably if one wanted to, one could even invite someone into the classroom to talk to the children about this book. They could answer questions and even explain to the children about Hitler’s worldview. Now we are talking about a person who was responsible for the slaughter of millions. For the most part, this would seem by some as educational and productive for children. However, if I as a pastor were to be invited to speak to the children about the teachings of Jesus, how do you think that would go? If I taught the kids they were created in the image of God, and that He loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives, how do you think some people would react? What if I taught the children about how Jesus teaches us to love and care for others, would that be ok? What if I taught the children about being honest, respectful to their elders, honor their parents, and treat others how they would want to be treated? These are just a few basics that are found in the Bible. Most likely, I would be on the next evening news and probably the focus of a lawsuit before long! Just doesn’t make much sense to me.

In our nation there is a debate going on over marriage. We have same-sex couples who believe that their relationship should be recognized as a legitimate marriage relationship. Now for us as Christians, this should not even be up for debate! The only way one could come to the conclusion that this is right is to ignore what the Bible teaches. One of the basic understandings of Biblical marriage is the bearing of children in a marriage between a man and a woman. Would someone please explain how this is possible in a same-sex relationship? Even if one does not believe the Holy Bible or simply chooses to ignore it, even nature itself teaches that this is not normal behavior. Anyway, just doesn’t make sense to me.

Right now, there is probably someone who is reading this article and they are boiling over. Why, you may ask? Because I would have the audacity to actually call something wrong. Right now, I am being called a religious fanatic, hatemonger, proponent of hate speech, judgmental, intolerant religious bigot, etc., etc., all because I do not agree. The very ones, who go about teaching everyone to be tolerant, are right now being intolerant of my views simply because they do not align with their views. And somehow, I am the intolerant one! Just doesn’t make sense to me.

Right now, in our country, our national debt continues to grow and grow. Yet, even though we do not have the money, our leaders continue to spend that which we do not have, and they know we do not have it. Now folks, when I was in elementary school, learning the three R’s (Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic) I was taught the basic financial principal that one cannot spend what one does not have!  It’s pretty simple to understand that if a candy bar cost a dollar and you only have a quarter, you wait until you get the dollar before you buy the candy bar. If you do not have the dollar, my Daddy always told me you had to go to work and earn it! Somehow, we have missed this along the way. Just doesn’t make sense to me.

The examples could go on and on. We as a nation, and often as individuals, constantly ignore the teachings of Scripture. In spite of what the Bible teaches about respect for human life (even in the womb), marriage, raising children, right and wrong, finances, etc., we seem determined to do the opposite. We don’t want to follow what God teaches us to follow and yet we want God to continue to bless our nation. We elect leaders who we know are not going to follow the scriptures and we expect God to bless our nation. We continually give in to voices of unrighteousness all in the name of tolerance, and we expect God to bless us. We want to do that which is right in our own eyes, and we expect God to bless us. Someone once said, “Those who choose to ignore history are destined to repeat it!”  Our nation is destined to repeat what has happened to other nations in history if something does not change. The Bible teaches us that it is righteousness that exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34).  We cannot be a nation that winks at ungodliness and expect a God of holiness to bless us! Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…Psalms 33:12.

Folks, some things just don’t make any sense!

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.