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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.

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The following summation of Mr. Brooks’ article is from the 9/23/2011 edition of The Week:

If it feels right to me, then it is. That, said David Brooks, pretty much sums up the moral philosophy of most young Americans, who have grown up unmoored from any cultural or religious framework for knowing right from wrong. In a depressing new book, Lost in Transition, a group of sociologists documents how people in their late teens and early 20s have come to view moral choices as “just a matter of individual taste,” and seem perplexed when asked to make judgments about behavior that earlier generations would clearly label as wrong. Cheating on tests? Infidelity? Drunken driving? In interviews, young people say that decisions about such behavior are “up to the individual.” There is virtually no sense of any overarching value system or obligation to society or to others. “I guess what makes something right is how I feel about it,” is a typical refrain. For this, we can only blame schools, institutions, and families. From blind deference to churches and authority, our society has swung to the other extreme, and now morality is purely “something that emerges in the privacy of your own heart.”

My Comment:  What Mr. Brooks has left out is this  aspect of this moral decline of an absolute moral code:   Protestant denominations were particularly complicit in this.  Neo-liberals did not want at all “blind deference to churches”,  they/we wanted “dialogue” about divorce, war, abortion, homosexuality, feelings etc. etc.(many still do: see the ELCA). In the 60s the old morality was replaced by the “new morality”, which as one evangelical said back then was just the old immorality.  We bought into values clarification with a Christian veneer in which the self is the final moral arbiter.  We did this in youth groups. We “reaped the wind and sowed the whirlwind” (see Hosea 8:7).  The whirlwind?  Wrath.  The Law of God is written into our very being.  If we deny this, bury it, we are doing the impossible.  The wrath of breaking His Law and denying it is visited upon us.  We say as we do something blatantly wrong, “What the hell!”.  In deed, what the hell we pay in anger at each other, in self-destructive behaviors and idolatry (see politics, conservative or liberal today).

Romans 1:  18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

Only then can we pray from the depths:  Lord, have mercy.

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