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Vol.  10  No. 12 December 2008  Page 11                    powered by FreeFind

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Common Sense

By Donald R. Fox

Donald R. Fox

Where has common sense gone? Yes, I am older now and because of my age I remember with fondness a time not too many years ago that common sense was common.

Common sense means that a person has sound practical judgment with synonyms such as good sense and horse sense. It’s sad that so many people have found their way into very important leadership positions, politically or otherwise, without a lick of sound practical judgment. A higher educational achievement does not mean one has common sense. A good education coupled with sound practical common sense is a great asset. “Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.” (C. E. Stowe)

It is my personal view and judgment that many of our elected politicians are void of common sense. When solutions to problems are available and they sidestep the solution because of an agenda, we ask what has happened to common sense. According to all reports, we have within the boundaries of the USA vast amounts of untapped oil. Yet, our elected officials will not approve the drilling of known oil deposits. Now, that doesn’t make sense, but what if a common sense solution was recognized and rejected for something more costly and/or complicated? Leaders need backbone to seek out and accomplish their assigned duties with vigor.

Two of my personal heroes of the WW2 era are Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) and Winston Churchill (1874-1965). What leaders and what strong personalities these men had! They understood their duties and with good sound, practical judgment accomplished their assigned responsibilities with great tenacity.

A scriptural application to our lesson on common sense is now appropriate. With the assault of secular humanism, political correctness gone to seed and the influence of the ACLU on our government to include our Supreme Court, we believe it is time for a return of common sense. On our currency here in the USA, the motto still is, “In God We Trust.” Now that makes sense!

 It makes sense to believe in God. The Bible is a book of common sense. No other so called sacred book can stand with the Bible. Common sense calls for and requires the one true God, our Creator. The New Testament Book of Hebrews applies common sense to prove that God exists. “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). “Now that makes sense. No house can build itself. Neither could the world accidentally have happened. To say that either could have created itself is monstrously unscientific and grossly nonsensical. Any created thing requires a creator. Every effect must have a cause. So science and sanity are on the side of God–the Creator, the First Cause” (Brownlow).

Works Cited

Brownlow, Leroy. God the Bible and Common Sense. Fort Worth: Brownlow Publishing, 1978.


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