We have all heard about putting a frog in a pot of water and then turn the heat on low and eventually the frog would die in a pot of boiling water. I always thought the frog would have been smart enough to jump out of the water before it got too hot. I’m not a frog expert, so I suppose it depends on the mental acuity of the frog.
A couple of stories have me wondering if we are a not so bright frog in a pot of increasingly boiling water.
Consider Coach Joe Kennedy from Bremerton High School in Washington State. He was placed on paid administrative leave this week because he refused to stop praying on the field after football games. He has done this for a number of years. It started out as just him, he did not ask or require anyone to join him. But over the years some of his players, and opposing team players, have joined him in pray.
As it seems to be the case today, one of our atheist friends decided to make a fuss about it. And because most people who sit in positions of authority have no spine, Coach Kennedy was asked to stop his offensive prayers.
Pardon me if I digress for a moment. If a Christian praying in public is offensive to an atheist, would the reverse logic hold true? I know using logic in this world isn’t the smartest thing I have ever done. So reverse logic would require the atheist TO pray in public so as not to offend me? Makes sense to me but we live in a world where the men are women, the women are men and cats are having puppies.
Getting back to Coach Kennedy ( who is now probably on a terrorist watch list), the district told him he could continue “hush-hush, clandestine” prayers as long as his brief, private religious exercise would not interfere with his performing his duties as an assistant coach. At this point I want to ask atheist or agnostics or ashamed Christians if they think he or we pray for help to do poorly?
Scripture tells us of what Christ said about those who pray in public. In Matthew 6:6, Jesus said this: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
But we are also told to pray without ceasing.
“Pray continually.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 17.
My hope is that Coach Kennedy has a strong private prayer life as well as the prayer time he is being told to stop.
He was ordered to avoid kneeling (Tim Tebow must be on a wanted poster in this town), bowing his head (be careful looking down to check your shoe laces) or doing anything that could remotely be seen as religious. Clearly looking up at the stars, birds or planes is a heinous crime in Bremerton. Thankfully, he has the Liberty Institute defending him.
The scary part is that this is in the US and not in Iran or Saudi Arabia. You can’t make this stuff up. Is the water getting hot?
The next story concerns MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry. I must admit I don’t watch this network and clearly will not in the future. She claims that using the phrase “hard worker” is demeaning of the experience of slaves. I have never been a slave. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to live in slavery. While slavery in this county has been abolished, it still goes on in other forms all around the world and even in the US. But we don’t seem to be as outraged at sexual slavery, probably because it doesn’t support a political agenda.
Hard work is mentioned in scripture:
“The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” 2 Timothy 2:6 NIV.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 NIV.
There are people telling us we shouldn’t use “he” or “she”, now “hard worker” is offensive. Before you know it we won’t be allowed to display an American flag or wear patriotic clothing. Sorry, that’s already happening.
I am beginning to believe that the “lukewarm” church in Revelation 3 were those who called themselves believers but had no spine. Can you be a true believer of Christ and have no backbone? If we are truly followers of Christ, would the cross be our backbone?
Are we the proverbial frog in a boiling pot? At what point do we say enough? We are not given a spirit of fear or spinelessness.
“The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1.
You can’t run to the cross without offending!