Watching a TV commercial for some new drug used to prevent or cure/manage an illness or disease got me to giggling when nearly a quarter of the time devoted to promoting the product was dedicated to warning the consumer about all the possible “potentially dangerous side effects” associated with the use of the drug. Sometimes I think it sounds like the cure could be worse than the disease.
Most of the “warnings” we receive as consumers are a consequence of improper or abusive use of “gizmos” and “do-hickies” never intended for the product in the first place. Heat guns that produce over 1,000 degrees temperature have a warning sticker, “Do Not use this gun as a hair dryer.” The warning on the bottle of dried bobcat urine used to keep pests away from garden plants reads, “Not for human consumption.” The label on a super-sharp kitchen knife warns, “Never try to catch a falling knife.” Products that are placed in microwave ovens for warming or cooking hold a warning, “Caution: Product may be hot!” With all the warnings in our life, I find it amazing we don’t once a day grab hold of the hair on the top of our head and scream. Some people must and I think they pull their hair out.
We have to deal with warning lights in our vehicles and on our office equipment. It seems warning messages on our computers and cell phones and notebooks have all become a daily part of life. Some of us have learned that many of the warnings we receive are bogus or unwarranted and simply void them and move on, while others go into a panic mode (i.e. a recent TV commercial with two guys in a car when the “check engine” light comes on) and are gullible enough to get buried under an avalanche of “gotchas” from crooks and deceivers out to get their money and make their life miserable. Don’t let me get you down. Read the warnings and use your common sense.
[Romans 1:18-32; Revelation 22:18-19] God’s Word is full of warnings and none more prevalent than who we are as sinners and our sinful nature. “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like, I (Paul) warn you, as I did before (Romans 13:13), that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power ...” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
I don’t like to remind folks of God’s wrath for those who are disobedient to his will. Besides, I’m a visual learner: “I’d rather see a sermon, than to hear one, any day. I’d rather one would walk with me than merely show the way. The eye’s the better pulpit, more willing than the ear. Fine counsel is confusing, but example is always clear. The best of all the preachers are the men who live their creed; For to see the good in action, is what everybody needs. If you let me watch you do it, I can see just how it’s done; I can see your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run. And the sermons you deliver may be very wise and true, but I’d rather get my lesson from observing what you do. For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give; But there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.” Author Edgar A. Guest. You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16). Warn others with righteous living. Show them God.
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.
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