Coach Dave Daubenmire
June 14, 2012
Life would be much less treacherous if it could be lived in reverse. I can only imagine how many fewer mistakes I would have made over the course of my life if I had been able to redo some of the bad choices I have made early on.
The Scriptures are very clear…and very plain. What so ever a man sows that also shall he reap. As I wrote a few weeks ago, most of the problems that we have in our lives are self-imposed as a result of poor decision making.
All wrong behavior begins with wrong belief; “I never thought I would get caught.” “I thought she loved me.” “No one will ever find out.” “What will it hurt?”
That’s why living our lives backwards would be so interesting; Instead of constantly paying for our mistakes, we would live our lives undoing the damage that we heap on so many innocent folks who have been affected by our short-sightedness.
Much of my life has been spent helping others survive the consequences of lousy decisions Many of those life-altering problems were created because we turned our backs on what we knew was right.
I call it “Myopic Morality.” In a nutshell, Myopic Morality is a temporary suspension of our personal moral code for temporary satisfaction. Some call it “living for today,” but that thought process is what has caused America to lose her moorings. It is not the big decisions that betray us, but as the Bible warns us, “it is the little foxes that spoil the vine.”
In other words, it is our failure to do what is right in small, everyday decisions that has created the maze of the broken moral-matrix we call the pop culture.
Has there every been a time in this country when there was more confusion over what is right and what is wrong than the days in which we now live?
Some of our fellow citizens have an excuse because they were not born into a home where Christian moral values were lived out. Reaching these “lost” children was one of the early arguments for government schools. It was believed that if the schools could get their hands on these moral mal-contents the public schools system would be able to train them in the common values that most citizens in our Christian-culture expected a citizen to possess.
With the removal of the Bible from the education of our children those moral values became subjective and we all began to “do what was right in our own eyes.” Once the morality of the school house was overthrown, the morality in our own house came under attack.
As a child of the sixties I remember it well. Jimmy Hendricks and his “Purple Haze”, Mick Jagger and his “Satisfaction”, “tune in, turn on, and drop out,” and the frontal assault on sexuality lived out by the hippies, Woodstock, and Playboy Magazine. “If it feels good, do it,” became the anthem of the Baby Boom Generation.
It made my father’s generation blink. Because of the lies of pedophile researcher Alfred Kinsley, “The Greatest Generation” was sold a bill of goods that their bland sexual appetite was out of the mainstream. (Read Dr. Judith Reisman’s stellar work.) Their reluctance to stand up against the sexual anarchy of the times led us to the moral-malevolence in which we now wallow. Today, the amoral run the show.
But it all happened because our personal morality was myopic…short sighted. We lost the ability to make decisions based on what the long-term impact of those decisions might be. The Bible tells us that “where there is no vision the people perish.”
Vision is not sight. Sight is the process of being able to see with the natural eye. Vision is the ability to see beyond what your natural eyes reveal.
Most American’s Christians no longer have vision. We have been trained by the world, patterned after the world, to mimic the world. Because we have lost our vision, our children are perishing.
Myopic, “best life now” Morality needs Lasik surgery.
We lament the destruction of the family yet have watched millions of children miss-led by the divorce of their parents. Because of their myopia, in their search for personal happiness, the parents could not see how their temporary suspension of the values they claimed to believe would impact their children. They didn’t factor-in the collateral damage this moral-compromise would unleash on their progeny.
We warned our children of the harmful impacts of drugs and alcohol but were so blind that we could not see that the beer in our own hand undermined every word that dribbled off of our lips.
We expounded on the importance of honesty but lied about our child’s age to save a few bucks when going to the movies. “Tell him I’m not home” we whispered to our kids when an unwanted phone call interrupted our favorite TV show.
I’ll never forget what my mother did when I asked her to write me an excuse from school when I wanted to join my buddies for Senior Skip Day. She wrote me one all right, which I had to hand-carry to the Principal. “Please excuse David. He said he was sick.”
I never forgot the moral-message my Mom sent that day.
Take a look around the pond you swim in. The water has become more and more murky as the line between black and white gets gradually grayer with each passing day. Standing for right, and clearing exposing actions as wrong is not advantageous in riding up the social escalator. “Thou shall not offend” has become the 11th Commandment. Speak the truth at your own demise.
Christian men have become less and less confrontational over the years. Although we are exhorted by the Lord to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them,” the tendency for today’s jellyfish vertebrates is to avoid conflict.
To flee is easier than to fight. Our short-sighted approach to dealing with evil has caused more than one to “fall into a ditch.”
“The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” Today, for the most part, good men are doing nothing.
You remember the days, don’t you? You remember the stories of “Honest Abe” that your second grade teacher taught you. You can recite the story of George Washington’s cherry tree…"I cannot tell a lie." You can remember the days when people not only spoke of virtuous lives, but lived them; the days when we expected our leaders to be morally superior to the one’s they led.
"In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers . . . we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations." -Solzhenitsyn
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