In this Modern Age our time is demanded of us by
every conceivable distraction. It just isn't fair, is it.
Up until the middle of
the last century (1950), and still in some areas
of this country, and in many others countries, time was available for
the important things.
Fields had to be
plowed by hand, cows had to be milked, water had to be carried in from
a well (not to mention the outhouse in winter).
Wherever a person
traveled, which was often long distances, like town or school, they had
to walk unless they had a horse or camel.
If you wanted a fire
in order to keep warm or to cook a meal, you had to cut down a tree and
chop it into firewood.
Clothes had to be washed by hand, and very often made
by hand as well. No refrigeration or dishwasher or vacuum cleaner was
available, only a bucket, a brush, and maybe a cellar in which to keep
food a little cool.
And the list goes on.
But these people still
took time to eat together, sing together, and help one another out when
there was a need. They sat around the fire and told stories, played
table games and shared their lives with one another.
People made it a point
to read the Bible and attend church (where churches were far away and
had to be reached by buggy or foot, and Bibles were expensive).
People found time at a time when time was dear
and hard to find.
Today we have every conceivable convenience - yet we have no time.
Time is taken up with
needful things like sports, the Rose Bowl, the bar and parties, hanging
out at the mall, and other such necessities of life.
And should a moment or
two be found, it is absorbed with important things like TV, the news,
or the computer.
Very little time is
left for such luxuries as Family, Spouse and Children and the things we
all know that if there was time to be found, we
would certainly spend it with those we "love."
All of that sounds wonderful - to the carnal mind. It pleases us to be
told we can get the most for doing the least. (Come to think of it;
isn't that the same philosophy con artists use to get what they want
from greedy people?)
Earlier we made a list
of priorities for our time. First on the list, of course, were things
that satisfy our desires, make us happy, messages our Ego.
Next come those things
that relaxes us, that prepares us for our next
day of work and eating and drinking and making merry.
Then come those things
that we would like to do, if only there were more
hours in the day; that is - family.
And lastly, the things
we probably should do, that is, they seem
important, but the preacher doesn't stress them too much, and besides,
who really cares or notices if we do them anyway. After all, don't you
usually snap off a quick prayer (once in a while) at mealtime; and go
to church, when there isn't a good game on TV or if the weather isn't
too good, or too bad, or if there is weather at all?
After all, what more
could God expect of such a fine person as yourself?
In this day of Reason and High Intellect there is no reason to listen
to God - after all, who does He thing He is? God?
We can just continue
to lay on our sofa, watch church on TV, and read books telling us how
wonderful we are just as we are, and how we can have anything we want,
just by investing in those books and TV programs.
[ If it seems as if
the life has been clipped out of this article: it has. To read the
article in it's entirety, it is available in First Trump, the Bible
section of this website.]