It is time to get our heads together
We are back to rainy season again. It seems like we have a thunder shower about every day again. We had hail the size of ping pong balls last week.
It damaged a lot of cars around the Plain City area. I was on my way to Plain City when it hit. I parked under a big tree and let it break the fall of the hail. I still got some very light dents in my hood.
Just when you think things can’t get worse, read what happened to the guy in Hawaii. Fire investigators on Maui have determined the cause of a blaze that destroyed a $127,000 home last month was a short in the homeowner’s newly installed fire prevention alarm system.
“This is even worse than last year,” said the distraught homeowner, “when someone broke in and stole my new security system.”
The poor guy, if he wouldn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all.
So called progress is taking place in our area. The Der Dutchman Restaurant. They had a grand opening for their expansion project last week. They offered free lunches for their regular patrons. You will always get a crowd to show up if you give them free food.
For all those who like to walk for exercise and go out to eat at the Der Dutchman, I suggest you park in the south parking lot, walk around to the entrance on the north side, then asked to be seated in the south dining section inside the restaurant. By the time you get in, eat the salad bar, and then walk back out to your car, you will have met all your daily exercise needs.
Meanwhile, five miles south on Route 42, a landmark for Canaan Township is being demolished. The Canaan School was first opened in 1916. My father attended there the first year it was open. I attended there during my school years, my children all attended there and all of my grandchildren. My youngest grandchild just finished the sixth grade there this month, one week before they started demolishing it.
Four Yutzy generations received some of their education in that building. It didn’t have air conditioning when I went there. It had a coal fired furnace and asbestos wrapped pipe.
We had mercury in science class we rolled around in our hands and then go eat without washing our hands. According to modern day medical science, we should all have died from something by now or gone crazy.
Also the Ten Commandments were hanging on the classroom wall. We repeated the Lord’s prayer and said the Pledge of Allegiance with “…one nation under God, indivisible…” in it every morning. If anyone dared to say they are offended by the Lord’s prayer, that student would have been sent to the principal’s office for an attitude adjustment.
The closest I went crazy in school was when the teacher caught me sleeping and wacked me over the head with a ping pong paddle. Now that will make your brain raddle for a moment. She didn’t take too kindly to students sleeping while she was teaching some boring lesson no one was interested in.
Today things are different. Many teachers no longer want the Ten Commandments on the wall reminding them of their sins. They don’t want to pray thy will be done, they want to do things their own way. They don’t want to pray forgive us as we forgive. Our society these days would rather get even and sue than forgive.
They don’t need to pray give us our daily bread. The union guarantees them their job and the government their paycheck and the taxpayer gets stuck with the bill.
There is no doubt we are no longer a united nation under God. We are no longer a united nation, period. What made this country strong spiritually was this — we had a common, objective factor to bind us together — God.
Privately, we had our own religious differences and political ideology but we went out into the public arena, we feared God, loved our neighbor, and forgave him his wrongs as we wanted him to forgive us.
Unless our nation can get back to fearing the one true God and keep his commandments, this nation is going to drift apart to the point it will hate and kill each other rather than love and forgive one another.
God warned Israel, “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today — every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes.” Deuteronomy 12:8.
A united society has to have a united cause. We do not have that anymore today. We are as the Bible says: There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12. Also in Psalm 9:17 it reads, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.”
The way our politicians/leaders are operating today reminds me of a story about a herd of mules. If they all stood in a circle with their heads together, when an enemy attacked, they could kick the stuffings out of their enemies. But when they all stood in a circle with their butt ends together, when the enemy attacked, they would kick the stuffings out of each other rather than the enemy.
I pray our leaders can get their heads together before they end up kicking each other to death and taking the nation with them.
May you have a good week unless you have other plans.
Maranatha. (Maranatha means, “Our Lord Cometh.”)
The Rev. Elton Yutzy is the associate pastor of the Maranatha Community Fellowship Church in Plain City. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.