Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 1, No. 12 Page 9 December 1999

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Take It Easy

By Eddie Cooper

 “Take it easy” is an oft-repeated expression.  Many say it thoughtlessly.  But it does reflect the philosophy of the age.  It is the only principle of life some people have.  Jesus told of a man whose greatest ambition was comfort and ease (Luke 12:19).  In this great age of ease, we have labor saving devices galore.  Life was hard and rugged for our fathers.  It is soft and easy for us.  This philosophy has afflicted all realms of life.  Let us consider a few.

It Has Affected Our Political Thinking

It has converted strong statesman into cheap politicians who are in mad competition with each other to see who can offer the voters the most for nothing.  Past civilizations have decayed and perished because their peoples became indolent, careless and wicked.  Our American heritage stands in jeopardy today because our people wish to “take it easy;” because they love ease more than strength, and pleasure more than God.  From the very beginning, God has commanded men to work (Genesis 2:15; Exodus 20:9; Ephesians 4:28; 2 Thessalonians 3:10).

It Has Invaded The Realm Of Training
And Disciplining Children

To some the school has become a place for play and fun rather than a place to develop thinking and
increase knowledge.  The philosophy is: make life easy for them. Very little discipline.  No wonder we have developed a generation of softies who worship ease and pleasure (Proverbs 22:1; 29:15; Luke 2:52).

This Attitude Has Also Invaded Religion

Churches have gone all out to please men who want an easy religion.  A rugged religion which demands the best there is in a person has become unpopular.  The majority prefer to be coddled, lulled and soothed.  Consequently, many churches are in a mad race to see which one can make religion easiest instead of the safest.  Standards are lowered in order to draw a crowd.  A life of cross-bearing is not emphasized.  And, it is out of the question to discipline them.  Instead churches operate on the basis that these poor sinners must be permitted to live as they please, lest they be discouraged and antagonized.  Many wanted a life of ease during the first century. Their only interest was materialism (John 6:26).

It Keeps The Church From doing The Work It Is To Do!

Christianity is not a religion of ease.  It was not easy for Jesus to die for us.  It was not easy for Paul to go through those trying experiences spoken of in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28.  It was not easy for Peter and John, who were threatened, to say, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).  Yes, Christianity offers no special sales or bargain days.  There are no marked down prices.  We must pay the full price.

A Boy's Meditation

My Daddy thinks it's nice for me to go to Sunday school
To hear the helpful lessons and to learn the Golden Rule.

And if some Sunday morning something else I'd like to do,
My Dad looks very stern and says, "I am surprised at you."

So I dress very neatly and I travel off alone
While Daddy hunts the paper and decides he'll stay at home.

Now I have often wondered yes, time and time again.
Why Sunday school's so good for boys and not for grown-up
men.

--Author Unknown, Life Lines, Beckley, WV
Submitted by Mark McWhorter


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