There is a good side to fear and shame?

Why yes, yes there is.

As an adjunct professor dealing with students who blow by assignments without getting them in and expecting me to take them anyway… or to say they loaded them up on the class site… and a week later “notice” it didn’t load up… YES there is a “good” side to fear and shame.

We have coddled students all the way through school, not giving them any consequences for being late. Years ago one of my son’s middle school teachers was flunking my son so I asked him what was up. The teacher explained that he had come from the business world and if you were “late” on a bid it meant you didn’t get the bid. No bid, no money. So he didn’t accept late assignments from his students.

I saluted the teacher.

He was gone a few months later. The reason? He was “intolerant” of students and their needs.

I need that guy back. I want MORE of those guys in the middle school instilling some decent fear in students so when they get to college they have a sense of responsibility.

It’s asking too much.

But, basically, all students need a little more fear in their lives. More paranoia. Always checking to make sure things got turned in. Always checking to make sure there is something to do…

It’s asking a lot, I know… but a guy can hope.

End of rant. Good night.

Violence in Our World

The bombing in Boston has shaken us again. We will be on the lookout again for the perpetrators, and then we will ask, “WHY?”

In our time, we are fixated on “WHY” as if we should somehow be exempt from problems. Somehow violence needs to be “over there” and not “here.”

Violence is a part of the human condition. A world in rebellion will breed violence in some way. It might be somewhat more “acceptable” in some ways… like abortion… or violence against women and young children in sex trafficking…. or undocumented in slave labor… but a world in rebellion is going to manifest violence in some way and we are not exempt.

It is not a condition new to our day.

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted. (Hab. 1:2-4, NIV)

Our hearts grieve. The loss hurts. We want “justice,” and probably “justice” will come in some way on this event… and then another event will roll around and we will feel that shock all over again.

Lord, we are a people in rebellion and our hardened hearts breed violence in every way imaginable. Help us to surrender our hearts and lives to the King of all kings so we may know the blessedness of being ones who bring peace instead of violence.

 

Two Great Words: Fear and Hate

It is incredibly interesting that two words we try to avoid and “correct” in our world are fear and hate.

Yet, in the Bible, they are words that have a different meaning in a different context.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov. 1:7, NIV)

10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. (Ps. 97:10, NIV)

While “fear” and “hate” need to be corrected in some contexts, they actually need to be embraced in this context.

It’s our abuse of these words in our current world that is keeping us from a true understanding of an incredible God.