Eulogy For Common Sense
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense.
Mr. Sense had been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn’t always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge.)
His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well-intentioned and overbearing regulations were set in place: Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Mr. Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student, but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. Two stepbrothers, My Rights and Ima Whiner survive him. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
The Lord’s Day
The greatest day in all the week to a child of God should be the Lord’s day. This is the day “the Lord hath made.” It is the day the Lord planned for his followers to worship Him. We do not read anything in the Bible that would indicate that wants only a part of this day. We do have every reason to believe that He expects us to use all of it in service to Him. Where anyone got the idea that he could use only an hour or two of this day and please the Lord I do not know. I do know that some other-wise good people have this idea and the Lord gets very little of this day He said was His.
Why, for instance, would people refuse to worship Sunday night? Is this not part of the Lord's day? Do we not love the Lord as much on Sunday night as we do Sunday morning? Is this service not as important as the morning service? As good as our attendance is, compared to others, there are still many people who never come to worship God except during the morning hour. Yet the Bible says for us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:24-31). This would include any assembly.
Can a teacher of God’s word be a proper example and refuse to attend Sunday night? Teaching is done by the way we live as much as by what we say. Surely no one could get the idea that the day is very important to one who used only a minor portion of it in serving the Lord. If every pupil followed the example of his teachers would we have services at all on Sunday night? Can one who is supposed to be a leader, an elder or deacon, set a proper example and refuse to be present Sunday night? What kind of leadership would we call that?
Inasmuch as those who are selected to direct the affairs of the church are supposed to be examples, if one followed the example of those selected would he be present for all services? Can a parent afford to be absent Sunday night? It is no wonder that children sometimes grow up to have little respect for the church when they have seen so little of it in the lives of those charged with the responsibility of bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Fathers do not always feel their responsibility in the matter of training their children, but if you have noticed the Bible always addresses the fathers when instruction is given in this matter. How can a father expect his child to be loyal when he is only partially loyal himself?
Can we afford to say to the world that this service is not important? Surely that is what we say when we prefer association with those who are not members of the church to attending services and inviting them to go with us. What other example are we setting when our neighbors know we prefer staying home Sunday night to worshiping God? When people are not converted to Christ we are prone to blame those who are leading the church, perhaps the preacher, when in reality there is not enough teaching anyone can do to overcome the bad example we set before those we would convert to Christ. When enough of the Lord’s people realize that serving the Lord is really important, the world will take notice and follow.
Do you suppose an article like this ever helps anyone? We always hope it will but we write realizing those who need to consider these things most are not people who read these articles. But, we keep trying.
Editor’s Note: Jesus said that we are to put the church (kingdom) first (Matthew 6:33). Nothing is more important than the Lord’s Day! We should plan to arrive early and stay late! Why? Because it is the Lord’s Day! We are assembling to worship and enjoy fellowship with our Christian family. How many members of your Christian family are you taking time to speak to and spend time with on the Lord’s Day? Don’t make plans that cause us to rush away after services or that cause us to rush in at the last minute on Sunday afternoon. We should love to be at Lay Lake with our Christian family every possible opportunity. Do you know, really know each member of your Christian family? Why not?
Happy Holidays To All!
God's Rule Book
Isn’t it amazing that most people will accept some rule book written by men over the rule book written by God? Countless millions profess to believe in God and the Bible and then put their trust in man-made creeds. It is also amazing that these people either cannot or do not desire to see the error in their reasoning. The Scriptures plainly declare, “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ASV). It was Hosea who wrote, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will all reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6).
People who enjoy sporting events have absolutely no problem in comprehending the fact that there are rules that govern these events. After three strikes in baseball, one is declared to be “out.” Do the fans become upset and complain that this rule should be ignored in some cases? Surely there are circumstances where a batter can benefit from “four strikes” before returning to the dugout!
In football, the team with the ball has four attempts to travel ten yards in the proper direction for a “first down.” What if, after four attempts, the running back is within “one inch” of a first down? Does the referee say, “Because this is such an important game and you have come so close to picking up the first down, I’m going to give it to you?” No. Such a statement is not made because everyone understands that the teams must abide by the rules of the game.
Does one really believe in the games of baseball and football who will not abide by the rules of those games? Not at all! They may believe in another version of the game, but they do not believe in the game as outlines in the rule book that governs it. Why cannot people see this same truth in the spiritual realm? One does not really believe in God who refuses to accept His Word as truth on any matter.
The players on a sports team must abide by the rules that govern that sport. The rule books for sports were not designed to conform to the players’ whims and wishes. The same thing is true regarding the Bible - God’s Holy Word. The Bible does not conform to the thoughts and wishes of men, but men must conform to the Word of God (Romans 12:2). One will not save his soul or incur God’s blessing by refusing to live by the Holy Scriptures. Man must accept the truth that his thoughts are not God’s thoughts and his ways are not God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8). Let us note some areas where men profess to follow Christ but do not abide by God’s rules.
The majority of those who profess to be Christians believe they are saved at the point of belief. They do not believe baptism (immersion) is necessary for salvation. They conclude that “he that believeth as is not baptized shall be saved.” But the Word of God says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).
The majority of people who profess Christianity believe there are many roads (ways) leading to heaven. But God’s Word says, “Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straightened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 ASV).
Man believes he can join “the church of his choice” and be saved. But the Bible says “And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved” (Acts 2:47 ASV).
Most churches today wear man-made names, honoring their human founders. But the Bible shows Christ’s church is to wear His name (Romans 16:16) and honor belongs to Him who purchased the church with His blood (Acts 20:28) and is its builder (Matthew 16:18).
Most professing Christians today believe in salvation by “faith only.” But God’s Word says, “Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith” (James 2:24 ASV).
God’s rule book (the Bible) says that Christ is the “head over all things to the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22-23). It also says there is only “one body” (Ephesians 4:4) and Christ promises to save only “the body” of which He is head.
One is not a Christian and cannot go to heaven who refuses to follow God’s rule book!
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