The stated purpose of modern, secular education is to produce an autonomous person, a person who due to the educational process, pulls himself up by his own bootstraps. When I was but a child I helped cut logs for a summer and fall and was awarded a pair of Engineer Boots for my efforts. I was happy. I distinctly recall taking hold of the straps and pulling with all my might. Never moved a fraction. I then pulled with all my might, adding a little jump. I not only could not pull and leap myself up; I fell flat on my hind quarters.
This brings me to a converse truth that will help us to grasp the magnificence of Christ’s statement in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
That Christ is being kicked out school, (I know from experience how He must feel), ruled out of the military, mocked in our congressional halls, and besmirched via equation with false gods, is evident, and glaringly so.
I was blessed by the truth as I listened to a recording of the late Russell Kelfer in which he told of an older widow’s statement to God over heard in a prayer meeting:
“Dear God, I cannot live without Bill without you.”
I support this honest prayer with Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
You may put your loss/heartache into this verse and go on with Christ.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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