By Pastor Andy Plank
Make a difference today . . .
May 22, 2022 . . .
This just in, we live in an age of entitlement. Many folks think that they "deserve" just about everything. From being unkind in our speech toward others to looting innocent businesses in the name of "justice" for some perceived wrong, it is our "right". I still haven't figured out how throwing a brick through some hard-working man's business and taking a 52" TV and a can of Pringles from off the shelf and then setting fire to that same business is "justice" in any shape, form, or fashion. The saddest part is, nothing is done about it. These hoodlums are practically praised by the mainstream media. Then, inevitably someone will shout, "Freedom of speech is my God given right!" First of all, we don't need to bring God into this. Second, God didn't give us the right to free speech, our founding fathers did. They fought a war, bled and died so that we might have that free speech and every other right found in the Bill of Rights. But I digress. These "rights" we take for granted as eternal, are only a little over two hundred years old. (By the way, thank you for letting me vent. My cardiologist says I need to avoid stress so I won't clog up my brand spanking new stents.) Back to God. In Bible times, Old or New Testament, it doesn't matter. Pick a time…any time…you sure won't find freedom of speech. As a matter of fact, you won't find freedom of much of anything! You read about slavery, might makes right, oppression, etc. I want to take this matter of entitlement a different direction. Whether we realize it or not, most of us are guilty of thinking we are entitled. Before you get all excited, turn red, and let the little vein in your forehead pop out, let me explain. I read on Facebook this week about several friends of friends who passed away unexpectedly. I also read a quote that said, "Nearly everyone who died yesterday had plans for today." See where I am headed? Most of us think we are entitled to tomorrow. The fact is, we just don't know. Everything that we have, right down to and including our last breath, are gifts not rights and those gifts can be taken away at any moment. Life is precious. All life is precious. Life is too short to be stealing a hard-working man's TV. It's also too short to mistreat or ignore the helpless, the hopeless, and the homeless. The time for us to tell our neighbor about Jesus is winding down. Let's get busy making our days count for something. Let's make a difference today, because we may not have tomorrow.
Be blessed and be a blessing . . . Bro. Andy