The world is certainly getting to be a harder place to live
in. Some of it has to do with
politics. Some of it has to do with
waning spirituality. Some of it has to
do with selfishness. I suppose there
could be a laundry list of reasons why things are getting tougher. But I have a solution that would make things
better for everyone (not just people who believe, think, and live like
me). Think about how much safer,
enjoyable, and easier it would be if a majority of folks would simply come back
to the realm of…COMMON SENSE.
In the realm of politics and government COMMON SENSE tells
us that less is better. The less the
government spends the more private enterprise thrives. The less the government legislates the more
freedoms the people have. The more the
government provides in entitlements with little or no accountability or
responsibility from the people the more the people become dependent on someone
else to provide for their essentials.
COMMON SENSE tells you that if you have raised the debt ceiling a
hundred times and each time you did so the debt increased, raising the debt
ceiling increases debt. COMMON SENSE
tells you that if all the 9/11
terrorists were Muslim men that you will not help homeland security by having
the TSA pat down elderly women, children in strollers, and wounded veterans in
wheelchairs. COMMON SENSE tells us
criminals do not abide by laws so any gun control legislation will not make one
whit of difference to those who purchase and use guns illegally. All gun control will ever do is make law
abiding citizens more vulnerable to criminals.
Another realm that could use a healthy dose of COMMON SENSE is sexuality. A child in elementary school using his or her
government issued science textbook that teaches anatomy and biology has enough
brain power to figure out homosexuality is a) not natural and b) would result
in human extinction if embraced by a majority of people. According to the CDC website in 2011 of the
38,824 new diagnoses of HIV infection 30,573 of them were caused by male on
male sexual encounters. COMMON SENSE tells us after looking at that
that nature abhors homosexuality. Again,
according to the CDC website we find in the latest data (2011) that there are
20 million new cases of STD’s annually! COMMON SENSE says that sex education in
schools is not working. COMMON SENSE
says that abstinence is the only way to guarantee a life free from the misery,
humiliation, and pain of sexually transmitted diseases.
Of all the realms you would think COMMON SENSE would be
embraced and utilized it would be in education.
But no, not even among those who hold advanced degrees does sanity
remain. A 7 (s-e-v-e-n) year old boy was
suspended from school for eating his Pop Tart into a shape that resembled a pistol. A seventeen year old Georgia student was arrested when his car was searched and a
knife was found in his fishing tackle box. Two seventh grade students in Virginia were
suspended from school for playing with toy guns on their own property while
waiting to be picked up by a school bus. In Pennsylvania a five year old girl was deemed a “terrorist threat” and suspended
from kindergarten because she
threatened to shoot a classmate with a toy
bubble gun. Those who made the decisions to suspend or
have arrested these school children were all educators who at a minimum hold
Master’s Degrees. Apparently, the
Universities that conferred those degrees upon their graduating classes did not
require even a modicum of COMMON SENSE from their students.
And last, but sadly not least, we delve into the religious
realm noting the desertion of COMMON SENSE.
When the Church abandons its core belief that sin is destructive and its
chief mission is to turn people away
from sin and towards God it has given up COMMON SENSE. Those religious leaders and denominations
that have embraced the practice of
homosexuality as not only normative but godly despite the crystal clear
biblical assertion in both testaments that it is a sin have traded their COMMON
SENSE for worldly affirmation. When is
the last time you heard of a leading church/denominational official make a
public appeal for corporate repentance?
The only thing in recent memory that I can think of are public
pronouncements advocating repentance for racism. Is that the only sin anymore? The divorce rate in the church mirrors that
in society. Where is the call for
repentance of the sin of divorce? That
is just an example. I am not saying that
church officials should necessarily publicly call out specific sins and
advocate repentance. But if repentance
is no longer a major concern for the Church then members of the Body of Christ
have forsaken COMMON SENSE. Church is
not about affirming culture but transforming it. The Bible is not a document in evolution. It is the Word of God that endures forever.
In 1997 Martin Gross wrote The End of Sanity: Social and Cultural Madness in America. Sixteen years have passed and things have
only gotten worse. Gross wrote,
On every societal front, nonsense is
replacing good sense in our once-pragmatic nation. It is accompanied by a distortion of thought
that weakens our ability to distinguish truth from falsity, the basic skill of
a civilized society.
The wholesale abandonment
of COMMON SENSE is the rejection of what everyone knows to be true. When we get to the point that truth itself is
subjectivized there is little left to hope for.
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
Ray Rooney, Jr.
Gross, Martin L. The End of Sanity: Social and Cultural Madness in America. (New
York: Avon Books, 1997), p. 11.