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Pain… The Powerful Teacher

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Published on: August 5, 2015

When it comes to sounding the alarm and grabbing the American people by the scruff of the neck in an attempt to shake them out of their complacency, apathy, and willful transgressions, it becomes much like beating a dead horse.  Sometimes, you can tell a person the same thing over and over and over again, but nothing will change until circumstance becomes their teacher (Psalms 55:19).

Take your own children, for example. You can tell them over and over again that the stove is hot, do not touch it or slow down on your bike when you go down the hill, but more often than not, it seems that until their hand gets burned or they fall off their bike and hurt themselves, that those sounds of warning do not really make a difference until pain becomes their teacher.  I fear for the American people, that pain is going to have to be their teacher.

The Jews, during Adolf Hitler’s day, did not realize the severity of what was happening around them, or maybe did and decided to do nothing until it was too late and their families, homes, and lives were destroyed by tyranny. I fear the American people’s thinking is much the same way. “Oh, things won’t get that bad” or “This is America. That would never happen here.” The sad thing is that we have history staring us right in the face and showing us the same signs today that were screaming during the days of Hitler and the Nazis and still people do not listen.  Unfortunately, in most cases, the only thing people usually learn from history is that they haven’t learned anything from history!  So, we find ourselves where we are in America today.  

Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” But we, in America, have the knowledge. It is not hidden from our eyes. Yet, so many people choose to look away. Here is the rest of that Scripture verse.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

I, for one, do not want to see families and lives destroyed and the downfall of our nation before people wake up.  Pain is a powerful teacher, and it is all too often necessary in order for people to wake up and do something about the problems they see in America today.  

If you look at organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), what is that? It’s a bunch of mothers who had their families destroyed by people who didn’t have enough common sense to know not to drink and drive or drink at all for that matter. That organization was birthed out of painful testimonies of women who lost her children or loved ones because of someone’s disregard for the law. Sound familiar?  How many of them do you think thought about drunk drivers before it hit home?  Probably not too many because they were most likely busy with their own lives.

The American people (For the most part) are busy with their own lives. Those who actually care enough about our country to do something about it are carrying the weight of everyone, including the “do-nothings.” It seems to always have been that way throughout history.  It is left up to a few to sacrifice much for the sake of all… just ask our Founding Forefathers.  

Let’s not wait until America is destroyed before we learn our lesson. Let’s not wait until millions of lives are lost before we wake up and do something about the problems we see.  

I’m sure, if the Jews would’ve been able to see in hindsight what was going to happen, they would have been moved to action and surely have changed the outcome of history. We know what will happen if we let tyranny go. We have seen what the outcome will be. We have no excuse. History tells us of how
Adolf Hitler and the
Nazis destroyed countries, slaughtered millions, and of the millions of lives lost during
WWII. Let us not be guilty of the great sin of doing nothing.

James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

Let’s choose to learn from history, break the cycle, and restore this nation.  As Samuel Adams rightfully said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” And I like to add, the hearts of men to that, as well. Let’s be the generation that repents of our sin (I John 3:4) learns from history, turns the tide, and prevents the assured coming destruction if we sit back and do nothing.

And remember, “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

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