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