Sooner Than Later

I dislike hearing people say, “Well that is the law,” or “that is  just the way that we have always done it.” That is not enough of a reason for us as a society to keep letting things continue the way that they are.  Too many horrible things have affected and changed our society and we have taken immediate action to fix them.  So I am baffled how a situation can continuously take place in this country over the last 17 years is still allowed to keep taking place.

I am often reminded of the story of the newly married wife who wanted to make a pot roast dinner for family for her first Sunday dinner.  In preparing the roast, she cut the ends of the roast off before placing the roast in its pan for cooking when she began to wonder why she did so.  Later that night at dinner when her family had arrived and they were seated at the table, she asked her mother, “Mom, why do we cut the end of the roast off before placing it in the pan?”  Her mother looked at her quizzically and replied, “Because that was what my mother did when she cooked a roast when I was a young girl.”  The wife then looked down the table to her grandmother and asked her grandmother the same question.  The answer from her grandmother was quite simple and startling.  She simply stated, “It was during World War II and we only had one pan at the time.  The only way to fit the roast in the pan was to cut the ends off.”  

For you baseball fans out there, you may have remember the scene from a Kansas City Royals-New York Yankees game where George Brett comes charging out of the dugout after he called out after hitting a homerun in 1983.  The reason that Brett was called out was that he had too much pine tar on his bat.  At the time, there was a Major League rule that the pine tar could not go past 18-inches on the handle of the bat.  A dutiful reporter researched the rule and found an old member of the Rules Committee to discover why the rule had put on the books.  The reporter received a similar response: it was during the war and we were trying to save money on the number of baseballs being ruined by the pine tar on the bats.  

Two separate incidents in where things were done because they were beneficial at the time.  However, as time progressed they became obsolete and unnecessary and just remained on the books or done that way because nobody ever questioned the reason as to why.  But sometimes we need to question why, that is the only way in which society can evolve and change.  That is the beauty of our Constitution as written by the Forefathers.  They were smart enough to know that they did not know it all and that things would need to change and that people would need to be able to change things as society expanded and grew.

Just think, there was a time in our society where lead was used in many products such as gasoline and household paints.  Over the course of time it was discovered that lead was harmful for the environment, and more importantly people and the United States. In children lead was discovered to attack the central nervous system causing harmful side effects like seizures, convulsions, and even death.  For adults lead was discovered to lead to high blood pressure, hypertension, heart attacks, premature death, and damage to the female reproductive system.  It was with the knowledge of these risks and dangers that the United States government began phasing out the use of lead in gasoline in 1973.  In 1978, the United States government moved forward and banned the use of lead from household paints.

Now I am sure that lead did not hurt absolutely everyone in the country.  Yet there was enough evidence of its dangers for the government to know that a change was needed.  And now the same could and should be said about the gun violence that is taking place in this country.  Instead though, we hear “our prayers are with the victims and their families.”  We no longer need your political prayers, especially since you have tried to remove prayer from every facet of society except the church anyway.  As James 2:17 says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  Instead, our political leaders and even we as a society who do not want to force change leave under the classic definition of insanity by Albert Einstein, “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

 

“The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed.”

“I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

“You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.”

John Fowles, The Magus

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