Beginning in the early1950’s, the Peanuts Comic Strip became a main stay in American newspapers. As the popularity of Charles Schultz’s creation grew, television brought this animation to life in the 1960’s, known as the golden era of Peanuts. By the 1980’s, holidays and Charlie Brown specials became an annual tradition for families. This is where children first saw Lucy pull back a football that Charlie Brown was about to kick, causing him to fall to the ground in anguish. Thus, the expression, “Good grief Charlie Brown” was born.
Today, there is a different kind of pain parent’s experience. Unrelated to sports, this infliction is derived when their own children begin to date individuals who have a questionable reputation. Despite their initial warning, teenagers have a mind of their own, often neglecting the advice of mom or dad. Blinded by love, lust or self-fulfillment, most proceed into a relationship, doing whatever it takes to love or be loved. In many cases, a person blends into this new environment, compromising who they are and want to be. As a result, I can hear adults mutter, “Good grief, Charlie Brown!”
According to Genesis 26:34-35, Esau’s choice in a wife, Judith the Hittite caused Isaac and Rebekah great distress. Instead of seeking someone with a similar beliefs, standards, and values, Esau goes outside of God’s family. Although her physical appearance is not mentioned, its likely that Esau choose external features over character. Like distant relatives, Esau’s decision to marry a Hittite leads him away from God’s favor, corrupted by a nation full of idols. Once stuck in this relationship, the only barometer left was his conscience, “good grief Esau!” Unfortunately, its too late for those who are gone, dead and buried. Yet, for those of you still clinging to life, break free of sin’s chains so that you will bring peace and not grief to your family.
by Jay Mankus