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When People Die Before They Reach the ER

Unfortunately, tragedy makes the headlines as well as the front pages of news papers every summer in the form of heat stroke related deaths, infants left in vehicles too long or wandering into the wrong place at the wrong time.  Former NFL player and head coach Herm Edwards tries to mentor rookies each season by proclaiming, “nothing good ever happens after midnight.”  Despite these warnings, curiosity often cause people to die before they reach the Emergency Room.

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell, Matthew 10:28.

Addiction is one of many silent killers that can be curtailed by accountability.  In biblical times, communities, families and the local synagogue served as positive peer pressure, providing boundaries to keep morality in and evil out.  While everything is cyclical, apathy, humanism and vanishing absolutes are re-writing how individuals should live.  This loosening of society has perverted freedom, resulting in chaos on the streets of major cities.  According to Jesus, the seed of murder is conceived when a spirit of anger consumes a human heart.

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell, Matthew 5:22.

Despite Eve’s sin, Adam’s lack of leadership and a world falling apart at the seams, no one seems to care.  An avalanche of emotions is stoking a fire of hatred, resentment and revenge.  What ever happened to common sense?  Will anyone ever wake up to smell the coffee of a society slipping away from God?  If these warning signs continue to be ignored, doctors will be helpless to act, like a M.A.S.H. unit who receives their patients too late, dead on arrival.  May the  words of a classic song “Stop Children What’s that Sound ” prompt hearts of actions to reverse the trend of a culture slip sliding away from God.

by Jay Mankus

Idleness

As a former teacher, I discovered many of my students confused idle with idol.  The term idle means to be inactive, inoperative, unoccupied and still.  Meanwhile, idol is either a deity, god or statue created to pay homage to and worship.  According to a famous Spanish Proverb, “The busy man is troubled with but one devil; the idle man by a thousand”.

One of the greatest examples of idleness is found in 2 Samuel 11.  Each spring, kings were responsible for taking their army to fight, securing their land from any anxious or greedy nations seeking to expand their borders.  However, in verse 1, King David sends his commander Joab off to war, but he remained in Jerusalem.  Not being where you are suppose to be is the epitome of being idle.  Yet, some may say, “so what, he’s the king, who needs an extended vacation.”  Wait and see!

At the annual NFL Rookies symposium Herm Edwards, former NFL player and ESPN analyst, Edwards gave a sermon to all the first year players.  One of his best lines was, “men, nothing good ever happens after midnight!”  According to verse 2, David began to wander around the palace after midnight.   Instead of channeling surfing or scanning the internet, David chose the next best thing, taking a stroll on the roof to search for chicks.  Either David quickly became a peeping Tom or Bathsheba was trying to get someone’s attention by flaunting her beautiful body?  Regardless of the facts, neither one was demonstrating noble character, Proverbs 31:27.

Everyone knows how this story ends, if not read 2 Samuel 11 for yourself, but 2 things could have prevented sin from being born.  First, if David went to work, going off to war, he wouldn’t of had 3 months of idle time.  Second, once he discovered Bathsheba was married in verse 3, he should have sent her home.  Yet, like Eve with the apple, once David lusted in his heart, there was no turning back.  Sin is often a byproduct of idleness, poor foresight or bad decision making.  Break free today by following Paul’s advice in Romans 13:13-14!

by Jay Mankus

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