Devotional 07/04/2017by Terry Trainor on 07/04/17
Life is getting more and more complicated, isn’t it? I can remember when one major thing all the kids in school had to learn was the names of all the states and their capitals. Even that was less complicated then, though – after all, we only had 48. We all learned to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag every morning – but even that was shorter then; they had not added “under God” to it yet. There are some atheist activists that are working to relieve our children of memorizing those two extra words even as I speak to you.
Now, the kids have to learn all this situational ethics stuff, and all the social conscience stuff and multiculturalism and sensitivity training, not to mention the mechanics of safe sex. Most of us lived on farms back then, and we knew most of what we needed to know intuitively. We had witnessed the mechanics of procreation before entering school, and all knew that people had to get married first. We knew right from wrong, and it didn’t change depending on what part of the county you lived in. Most of the boys my age owned a gun or two, and we all knew they were not for shooting each other without the schools having an armed guard to ensure this. We were curious about the first people we encountered whose skin was a different color than ours, but it didn’t take us long to realize that this was only skin deep, and people were good or bad based on what was inside of them rather than outside.
Do you need more proof that things are getting more complicated?
The operating manual for our government, the Constitution of the United States written over 200 years ago, is the formula for governing this country of 300 million people, and it is 21 pages long. The operating manual for my 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, which seats eight people, is 363 pages long and that does NOT include the navigation system manual or the service guide.
The Word of God tells us that the most important things there are, the truth of God, are so easy to understand that all can know them:
Psalm 119:130 (KJV);
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”
We are indeed getting more complicated –
But we are not getting better in the process.