Tuesday, August 05, 2008

I have seen the enemy, and it is us

I have a history of being in two fields where the truth is not always so popular. Education and the church. In education, you will be popular with the students and by far the majority of parents if everyone gets an A.

In the church, you are popular with many people in the pew if everyone hits the heaven jackpot. (but there are many seeking somewhere where they can hear the truth)

In Politics today, we don't hear anyone being courageous, standing up and saying, "We dug ourselves into this hole for 50 years and we will not soon be out of it unless we change our ways."

Now that would be change I would believe in.

The Bible calls it "Itching ears." Tell people what they want to hear, not what they need.
Don't tell people that they are on their way to hell, that their child is average or worse yet, lazy. Don't tell people that what they are doing is wrong, that their situation is their own fault due to their foolishness, laziness, and poor decision-making.

2 Timothy 4:1-4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Some of you didn't even take the time to read the verse I just posted. Let me tell you the truth, there is more in those four verses than anything entertaining I might say. Selah

Make no mistake, the truth is what's at stake.

The norm in colleges now is for a Prof's tenure and job to depend in part upon student evaluations. So I ask you, if you want to keep your job, can you fail kids who can't even write a complete sentence? No, because he is able to fill in the bubble that rates you "Bad teacher." Does this not 'force your hand' to pass every student and just make your class fun so that you get a positive evaluation in the end?

Aren't student evaluations foolish? Shouldn't the proof be in the finished product? Shouldn't University's be able to have peer evaluations based on sound educationial pedagogy?

I had a pastor tell me yesterday, "I used to preach stuff like, 'you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.' But people don't want to hear that- they need help with their marriage and with raising teen-agers."

I would submit the time has come where men will not endure sound doctrine.

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