When I was a young man, I spent a lot of my spare time working with youth, mostly in coaching. I coached baseball, football, and wrestling and welcomed the kids that might not be considered the ‘cream of the crop’ with open arms. I saw coaching as an opportunity to teach life lessons to this kids. I believe competing in sports activities can benefit our youth, and even prepare them for life. Learning things such as “with responsibility comes accountability”, are vital to growing into a role as a successful adult.
Accountability includes the fact that you must accept the good with the bad. How to be a good loser and a humble winner are all part of the growth and development of our youth in
preparation to becoming a self-reliant adult.
What does this have to do with anything? Well, I have been watching the young adults of America, marching in protest, rioting and vandalizing, blocking public streets, beating up on those who have an opposite opinion from theirs, crying and whining, so upset that they can’t even attend class, so they are given a safe space, complete with coloring books, hot cocoa, and play dough to help them cope, all this in protest of the election of our new POTUS.
When I taught my athletes, one major lesson was that, in life, there are winners and losers. You can learn from every loss as easily as you can learn from every win. Abraham Lincoln lost at least 8 elections, before he finally became our POTUS. He learned from each loss and moved forward toward the ultimate goal. Had he taken every loss like the youth of today, he might never have succeeded at anything.
I moved away from coaching the really young kids, when they stopped keeping score and began giving everyone a trophy, simply for participating. Hard to find a life lesson about how everyone deserves to get the prize, win or lose, isn’t it?
I saw on the news tonight, where a young man was denied the right to even attend an event on one of our elite college campuses because he had an opposing view to the speaker. Interestingly, the topic of the speech to which he was heading was “freedom of speech.” More and more we are seeing this type of thing on our college campuses. Our elite colleges seem to have developed to a point where they expect you all to look differently, but think the same. How DARE anyone challenge or even disagree with the liberal philosophy taught in higher education! We are creating a nation of cupcakes.
Political correctness has taken over. If you say anything that hurts someone’s feelings, you are immediately labeled as a bigot. Our great nation is quickly being covered with a heavy blanket of liberal views, not just as one side of a discussion, but as the only acceptable side. Opposing views from the liberal elite are not only classified as bigotry, but is fast being denied access to higher education.
Everything that we learned is quickly being replaced with the newer version based on liberal interpretation, many times ignoring any facts that may get in the way. My Bible, the one document on which I live my life, teach my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, is quickly being amended to allow for more liberal interpretation, removing those things which may seem offensive to those NEW rules of political correctness of today. Any language, which is thought to be offensive to what we, as a country, have now declared to be politically correct and acceptable as a lifestyle, is being changed to reflect our current way of life.
You see, I believe that the Bible is actually the Word of God. I believe that those who penned the words did so under the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit of God. I believe that the same God who created the world, breathed life into the first man, performed miracles throughout the entire Old Testament, gave Solomon his wisdom, protected and guided Israel and her leaders throughout history, came to earth as a man to provide us with the covering to be able to enter into eternity, so long as we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord, IS MORE THAN CAPABLE of maintaining the Word of God so that it still is relevant and a guide to those who believe.
However, is today’s world, what God thinks and what God stated in the Bible is no longer relevant to our PC society. Here is the problem with that type of thinking:
Numbers 23:19-20 tells us that “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or, has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.”
If we accept political correctness, we have to accept that things stated by God in the Old Testament no longer apply to our society, don’t we? If we accept that way of thinking, how do we balance that with the words of Hebrews 13:8, where we are told “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”?
There are many events in Old Testament history, where God actually destroyed whole nations, and told the men of Israel to destroy every man, woman and child, while not saving even the animals or spoils of war, because of that sinfulness of those nations. Sodom immediately comes to mind, where those sinful, unacceptable, and abominable activities has become politically correct, so much that the men of the city came to the door where the visiting angels were staying, calling them to come outside and have sexual relations with them. This is a prime example of a nation gone wrong with political correctness, so much so that they expected even God to change His mind and allow such behavior to be acceptable. God’s response to them was complete and utter destruction of all and everything, save Lot and his family.
You see, God HAS NOT changed His mind. Those same things He stated were sinful, unacceptable, abominations in the Old Testament, are still just as sinful, unacceptable, abominations today. Just because we, as a society have placed them in the acceptable ways of life column, does not force God to accept our judgement. It actually works the other way around, folks.
Just my thoughts!
Don D. Stephens