Life with the Philistines


this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing

Hello all you folks out there in radio land. This is your announcer Herald Promulgate bringing you another adventure of Life with the Philistines, that normal family everybody loves to imitate. Let's look in on the Philistines and see what they're up to today, shall we?

In today's episode we find Mrs Philistine answering the telephone on a typical Sunday morning:

"Yes Charlie, she's here. I'll call her for you. Susie! Come down here! Charlie's on the phone!"

"Ok Mom! I got it! Hello Charlie.... Yeah.... No I don't know, maybe.... Go out tonight? Well, I don't know, maybe, but I got something to do.... What have I got to do? Nothing really, just something.... Well, ok I guess.... Ok, I'll see you then. Bye Charlie."

"Was that Charlie Beadle Suzie? The same Charlie you've been seeing for the past month or so?"

"Were you listening in on my conversation Mom? That was private, between me n' Charlie."

"I wasn't listening in Suzie. You were standing right next to me, remember?"

"Oh yeah, well, that's different. Yeah, that's the same Charlie. We're kind of going together, kind of."

"That's what I thought. But I wasn't sure. You sounded rather aloof, cold to Charlie like you weren't glad to hear from him. Before you were always perky and excited to hear from Charlie. Are you two by any chance on the outs?"

"Nah. We're tight. But you know how it is Mom. Familiarity and all. Kind a like the mystery and the chase is gone. Takes the wind out of the sails kind a like. You know how it is."

"Yes Suzie, I know how it is."

"All right you two. Stop lollygagging. Me and the boys are in the car waiting for you. Can't keep the pastor waiting. Looks awkward when we get to church late. Besides, nothing left but seats up front when we get there late."

"You may be seated. For today's sermon I would like to talk a little about our attitude toward God. We, that is you and I, have a natural tendency to assume that all who are here have the same attitude toward our Lord as we do. However, that is not necessarily true. To illustrate this point I would like to use your own experience as an example. Chances are each of you, in the beginning of your walk with Jesus, felt that the Lord was all in all and that you would follow Him anywhere. But over time, as with many of our relationships, we somehow cool in our attitude toward Jesus. Instead of desiring to follow Him through the Valley of the Shadow all the way to the cross, we find ourselves instead dwelling on what we consider His promises toward us, and asking for, and maybe even demanding, things to satisfy our lusts. Oh, I'm sure you will deny this and say it might be true of others, but not of you. And you might even fully believe this is true. But examine yourself. In your daily activities and your prayers, see if that first unselfish adoration still exists, or if it has mellowed and you have become complacent or even frigid toward the Lord. Be honest in your evaluation. You can be sure the Lord will be very honest when He judges you according to what He sees rather than what you refuse to see."

"Well Martha, kids, what restaurant should we eat at today? I'm starved. The Pastor's speech took longer than usual and my stomach is making sure I know it."

"Mine too Dad. I want to go to Mac Donald's."

"No, Burger King."

"We went there last time. I want to go to Chucky Cheese!"

"I don't care where we go George. Just find a place close by. George? What did you think of the pastor's message today? Did it mean anything to you?"

"Nah, nothing special, except it was too long. Lots of what he says kind of goes in one ear and out the other. It's his job to preach. That's what we pay him for, making speeches. But some times I think he works too hard for his money."

"Maybe, but something clicked with me this time. I'm not sure what it is, but something. George? Can you remember when you first became a Christian? Did you have any kind of experience like the pastor was talking about? I mean, did you fall in love with God like the pastor said?"

"Don't fall for that religious stuff Martha. It will drive you batty like it did some of the others at the church. They get to be like religious fanatics, doing this and that for the church and not having a life of their own. I just joined the church to make sure I go to Heaven, in case this stuff is for real. I didn't fall in love with nobody."

"Yes, I guess you're right George. I did feel something when I was baptized though, like a feeling or something. Something that made me cry. But I forgot about it til just now. Still...."

"Don't worry yourself about it Martha. Just enjoy the ride and scarf down the food. The only time we should worry about God is when we're sick or get behind on the bills. That's what God is there for, to bail us out. We're doing fine now, so don't give it a second thought. Besides, you get emotional over your soap operas. So naturally you'd get teary-eyed when you was baptized."

"I guess you're right George."

"Dad, I got a date with Charlie tonight so I'll be getting in late. Is that ok?"

"I suppose so, if it's all right with your mother. Just don't go getting serious over this kid like you usually do Suzie. You know how you women are."

"I won't Dad. I won't. He's just a friend, that's all. Somebody to be there when I need something, that's all."

"That's good Suzie. Just keep it that way."

4I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:)

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers [abusive, insulting, impious toward God], disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection [hard-hearted, uncaring], trucebreakers [unreconcilable], false accusers [slanderers, Satan], incontinent [without sef-control], fierce [savage], despisers of those that are good [hostile to virtue], 4Traitors [betrayers], heady [rash, headlong], highminded [conceited, "enveloped with smoke"], lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [religious actions without the Holy Spirit]: from such turn away [avoid]. (2Tim 3:)

13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Mat 13:)

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