Here’s a parable: a man is convicted of a criminal act. But before he is sentenced to life in prison, the governing authorities issue a pardon. This convicted criminal is permitted to live in society like a law-abiding citizen. How do you think he’ll be treated? Probably few people will accept him -- children will be told to stay away from him; employers won’t hire him; banks won’t give him a loan; landlords will refuse him as a tenant. He’ll most likely be the butt of jokes, jokes that cut him down as inferior, jokes that ring with self-righteous pride.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.