What Would Grandpa Say?
editor's note: Published in the October 2013 issue of Think
magazine, used by authors permission.]
Read, Read, Read
by Jim Mettenbrink
was Benjamin Franklin? The 100th US president?!?! That
was the answer a young adult gave when Jesse Watters (Watters World,
FNC) was interviewing people on the street. Jesse asked another
Do you think Hawaii is a liberal state? The
young adult responded, Whats a liberal? followed
by an unforgettable nervous giggle. Certainly, such reveals ignorance
and perhaps apathy or laziness. Now if he had asked about the immoral
Miley Cyrus gag-a-dance step
About five years ago being concerned about
our young folks ignorance regarding the encroaching socialism and
loss of freedom in the USA, I visited a PoliSci professor friend. After
a noticeable silence and long sigh of exasperation, he said, We
live in the virtual generation, the students dont read.
What!! Grandpa says, Make yourself an interesting person
read, Read, READ! Have you struck up a conversation
with a stranger and after five minutes he says, You are an interesting
person? So are you interesting? If not, why not? Interesting
people are informed and knowledgeable about many aspects of life, especially
those which have an effect on their lives. Pop culture? Waste
of time! People magazine? Light the fireplace with it.
Take a book wherever you go. Always!
Going to the dentist, the clinic, the tire dealer, my monthly visit
to the chiropractor, the question has long become a refrain What
are you reading now? Soon he says something like, thats
interesting, wish we had more time to hear more. Is that
which affects your life important? Of course it is. So why remain
a dull dolt? Learn about it Read! What do you know about
the constitution which established the democratic republic of the USA?
Shockingly earlier this year, the Newseum
Institutes First Amendment Center revealed that 47 percent of 18 to
30-year-olds thinks the 1st Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.
What!! Too much freedom??? Indeed the survey reflects
their ignorance of the 1st amendment: 36% did not know any of the five freedoms.
41% did not know it guaranteed freedom of speech. 76% did not
know it guaranteed freedom of religion. It gets even worse with the
We begin to lose our freedom because of ignorance
and /or apathy. Have you read the Federalist Papers, the reasons undergirding
the constitution? Recently former Justice Sandra Day OConnor
declared that (1) 2/3 of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court justice.
(2) Nor can 2/3 name the three branches of the US government. (3)
80% of high school seniors can not explain how citizen participation benefits
democracy. Nothing impacts your daily life like government. Learn
about it read.
Furthermore, for Christians, reading is paramount.
In 1907 Dinsdale Young stated, One of the great presuppositions
of the Bible is that Gods people will read. The existence of
scripture is in itself an argument for the necessity of reading. That
God inspired a book indicates His desire that His servants should be readers.
About 35 years ago, a deacon and I went to
visit a man who had been a Christian 20 years who was being considered to
serve as an elder. After some exasperating answers, I finally asked
him the most fundamental question. Show me from the scripture
how to become a Christian. Fumbling around in the pages
of his Bible a few minutes, he looked at me and said, I cant.
He was certainly not a Berean (Acts 17:11). Obviously
his Bible had been little more than coffee table decor. And he had
not read or studied Gods writ to mankind for which each of us is responsible
Since the Bible is the most important book
on earth, you must read
yea, study it diligently. After all
it declares your destiny eternal life or erternal damnation in hell!
Cecil May wrote regarding his tenure at Magnolia
Bible College some 20 or more years ago, that incoming students
were given a comprehensive Bible content test. Since it is a Bible
College, it is presumed the most biblically interested and knowledgeable
people in the Lords Church were the ones who generally chose to go
there. With very rare exceptions
the scores were poor. Make
that POOR! The average score was 30%! Regarding a
congregations Bible classes, he asked,
what are they
spending twelve years learning? More so, what are Christian
parents teaching at home for the first 18 years of their childrens
lives. And what sort of heritage does such ignorance leave for your
grandchildren and great-grandchildren? After all, we are charged to
prepare our children for eternity in heaven, not allowing them to drift
Young parents, read to your children as soon
as you can. Grandpa says, Young mothers read the Bible to
your unborn baby daily as soon as you know you are pregnant
day thereafter until your child can read. Then insist he / she reads
the Bible daily
and set the example.
Notice the Lords instruction about Gods
covenant which Israel agreed to follow. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command
you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently
to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when
you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You
shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between
your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and
on your gates (Deuteronomy
Of course, your daily conversation should
be about God and the salvation He offers us.
The gospel of Christ,
is the power of God to salvation
(Romans 1:16). Unlike Moses day though, we have Gods word
in a book the Bible Read!
David McCollough, an English teacher stated
in this years high school commencement address, Be worthy
of your advantages. And read
read all the time
as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing
staple of life. Regarding the spiritual staple of nourishment,
the apostle John declared, These
things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,
that you may know that you have eternal life,
(1 John 5:13) read, Read, READ!
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