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Leave it to Beaver

Troubles the Beaver got into:

  1. Borrowing his brother Wally’s bike without Wally’s permission
  2. Gets in trouble and is scared
  3. Lying to his father
  4. Untidy room
  5. Arguments with his brother
  6. Resisting doing his homework
  7. Beaver is known as the “boy next door”
  8. Sent to the principle’s office for talking out of turn
  9. Driving the family car in the driveway and getting  a dent in it
  10. Hangs out with Eddy and gets caught in a lie about a prank in Beaver’s house

 

Leave it to Bieber

Troubles the Bieber has gotten into:

  1. DUI
  2. Gets in trouble and laughs at it in his police mugshot
  3. Truthful and forthright about his wrongs and doesn’t seem to care
  4. Public urination
  5. Doesn’t seem to have parents
  6. Resisting arrest
  7. Cultivates  image of “boy next door”
  8. Sent to a judge
  9. Drunken drag racing
  10. Huge parties in his mansion

Reflection: Full disclosure:  I made up the plot lines for the “Leave it to Beaver”, but I think they are rather like them.  Many current commentators say that we don’t live in that ’50s sitcom world…approvingly.  Look at what has been lost and this should make us mourn. They say that world was unreal…oh really?!    Long before Christ is denied as Lord, the Law of God is denied in lawlessness, 1 Timothy 1:8-10.  We are bombarded by Lawlessness everyday and too many pastors and denomination teach lawlessness.  Our Lord’s warning is clear: 

Matthew 5: 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (emphasis my own)

Dr. C. F. W. Walther pointed out that the important word in the Matthew verses is “teach”.  C. F. W. Walther’s comment on the Scripture passage above: 

The Lord also speaks of a person “who shall teach men so.” It is bad enough when a person for his own part disregards some law and leads a careless life; but it is much worse when he preaches his lax views and leads men to perdition by his preaching. He will have to render an account to God of his preaching, and on that day he may not excuse himself by claiming that it was only trifling matters which he had represented as so unimportant that no one need grieve over them. A Christian grieves even over trifles, but unchristians imagine that they can “escape by iniquities,” Ps. 56, 7. [Luther: “What evil we do is already forgiven.”] That is the slogan of the wicked, just as it is the easy-going way of unconverted people to speak of their iniquities thus: “Well, I can easily make amends, and grass will soon grow over it.” No grass will ever grow over anything for which forgiveness has not been asked of God.

Lord, give strength and courage to all who preach and teach in Your truth the fullness of your Word of Law and Promise, the light of Your Word in these dark days. Amen.

j

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