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I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard enough. This election year has reached a crescendo of in your face he said, she said, mud slinging I’ve never experienced before. If everybody is in the wrong, as being portrayed by the candidates and their supporters of every office open for public election, it becomes evident why nothing constructive is getting done in our governments. Political correctness and fame have log-jammed any sense of wisdom of accountability to, and representation of, the citizens of this country. Thus the citizens must get more involved.
I pray you will vote, or have voted, this year and I also pray you don’t just sit in your easy chair griping anymore. The Internet offers easy, instant access to all elected officials with only a few minutes of searching. More time is spent every day texting and Tweeting our government dislikes to folks who can’t do a thing about it, when access is available to the source for action. They don’t ignore you, but the old saying still holds true: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Want a better government? You are the government and elected officials are your representatives. Don’t tell me, tell them! That’s all I got to say about that.
There’s a lot of confusion in this world because of too much information received too quickly or the lack of proper instruction of what to do with the information. Case in point: An Italian, a Scotsman, and a Chinese man were hired at a construction site. The foreman showed them a pile of sand to be spread as a landscaping base. He said to the Italian guy, “You’re in charge of sweeping.” To the Scotsman he says, “You’re in charge of shoveling.” And to the Chinese guy, “You’re in charge of supplies.” The foreman returned later in the day to find the pile of sand untouched. The Italian man told him, “I no hava no broom. The Chinese fella in a charge of supplies hasa disappeared.” The Scotsman tells the foreman, “Ah could nae get meself a shoovel. Ye left th’ Chinese gadgie in charge of supplies, boot ah couldna fin’ him neither.” The foreman storms off toward the pile of sand to look for the Chinese gent. All of a sudden the Chinese man leaps out from behind the pile and yells, “SUPPLIES!!!”
Then there is information received from others that doesn’t necessarily ring true with the facts, a very difficult thing to deal with if not investigated thoroughly. In the comic strip, “One Big Happy,” by Rick Detorie, Ruthie, a big storyteller (reminds me of my granddaughter), is spinning a tale to her brother about a “... very bad girl.” Her mom fixed her some cottage cheese and the girl sassed her mom, “I hate this ... ” In the next panel appears an old man in the clouds and Ruthie narrates, “When God saw this he got all worked up ...” (next panel) “so he sent her a spider that turned her into a pillow of salt!” (next panel) Ruthie instructs her brother to wait as she looks for her mom to check on something. (next) “Mom, I think I messed up! (next) “Is ‘Little Miss Muffet’ a Bible story?” Mom, on the phone, simply replies, “Nursery rhyme ...”
[Acts 17: 10-34] Without the full teaching and study of the Bible, the church has suffered over the years, because too many people take for granted what they are told is the full truth. While Paul was in Berea, John records “ ... for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” While in Athens, the Greeks didn’t settle for just one lesson, they wanted to hear more for a better understanding (v32). Our salvation is incomplete without study.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.