CHILD–“You just don’t understand. Times are different now.”
PARENT–“No, YOU don’t understand. History repeats itself.”
Behavioral differences appear between every generation. I’m pretty sure that even Adam and Eve had to deal with the: “You just don’t understand,” The fact remains, however, that certain behaviors appear with regularity in life and gaining knowledge of the tools to defeat such behavior is only achieved by attaining wisdom…which usually requires age and experience.
It is for this reason that parents sometimes come off as the dreaded super-villains who speak with gigantic MOUTHS OF DOOM. Forget Mount Doom in ‘Lord of the Rings’, kids see their parents as talking monsters who take joy in dissing everything that appears to be ‘fun’.
If we look at the Bible as a type of ‘handbook’ we tend to look at God somewhat as we do our parents. He is busy setting down rules and chasing away what appears, on the surface, to be fun.
We’d be right.
God gives us warnings for a reason–the reason being that no good will come when we lapse into self-will without consulting Him for guidance.
The book of Proverbs provides us with ‘parental’ warnings. It is set to give us the wisdom so we can avoid certain traps that we might otherwise fall into without thinking. Here, the author sets down ‘the easy Seven’. They are pretty straightforward and need no explanation.
Proverbs 6: 16-19-These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
A quick read might allow one to feel smug. “Those don’t apply to me.”
Ah, but the devil is cunning. (See ‘smug’ above).
We may not murder, yet we lie to ourselves and others with regularity. We sin in our hearts knowingly in all kinds of ways, certain that since no one can see this, no harm is done. We get into all sorts of mischief, convincing ourself with: “It won’t hurt any one.” We enjoy the drama of petty arguments. Heck, we’ve enjoyed watching others fight amongst themselves so much that we’ve made reality television a household word!
Even in our confessions to God we fall short…for while to may address some of our sins, we fail to admit to others through pride, ignorance, or just plain fear.
I was reminded of all this today when I read a comment on politicians: “How do you know a politician is lying?”
“His/Her mouth is moving.”
All of us walk dangerous roads filled with potholes each day.
The trick of avoiding those potholes comes from understanding that the reason God sets down His rules and warnings was to keep us from falling into the abyss of sin…for the climb back out is more wearisome than simply avoiding the hole in front of you in the first place!