In a nation wherein “In God We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, only a righteous remnant that will be saved when Christ returns can appreciate and embrace Biblical truths. Throughout history, politically correct crowds have demanded that sages drink hemlock, be cast into prison, be crucified, be hanged, or otherwise martyred for attempting to enlighten their contemporaries. However, akin to the allegory of Plato’s cave, WE the People of the United States live in 3-D: namely delusion, duplicity, and dishonesty. As our nation vacates the Bible as its moral compass, obviously, we no longer trust in God. Instead, we trust in pecuniary assets, political power, physical pleasure, and purchased pulchritude. Are not these the “American Idols” that have supplanted godliness or are you too blind to see? VICE invites you to please check your vision or spiritual sight by processing the following parable. Remember, “Never let a blind friend drive you to the hospital.”
Imagine two high school PE coaches having different goals and expectations of their students. Coach Black tells his teenage boys that he expects them to be able to jog for three miles, do twenty-five chin ups, do one hundred sit-ups, do two hundred abdominal crunches, and fifty push-ups to earn an A in his class. Coach White, however, explains to his students that PE is not all that important. Thus, he expects perfect attendance and just one lap around the football field in order to earn an A in his class. Can’t you see the deluge of students running to the guidance office to request a schedule change? After the requests are granted, Coach Black now has only twelve boys of the original fifty who still want the hard work and discipline he requires. Coach White, however, has so many students that he added a second period just to accommodate the overflow of incoming male students.
Coach Black soon has his boys shedding fat, building muscle, getting fit, and acquiring both the confidence and the physiques that girls adore! On the other hand, Coach White’s boys engage in horseplay, text their classmates, watch videos, play cards, and even sleep during his physical education class. By the end of the semester, Coach Black’s students have become star athletes in several sports, not to mention that they also have beautiful cheerleaders fawning over them both on and off the field. To the contrary, twenty-six of Coach White’s male students developed juvenile diabetes and one even had a heart attack prior to completing his single lap around the football field. Despite these disparities in fitness, Coach White was selected by the student body as Teacher of the Year. Amazingly, Coach Black’s contract was not renewed via the number of students complaining that he was too strict. Now, he’s the general manager of a fitness club. What’s wrong with this picture or are you too blind to see?
Both Adam and Eve were too blind to see the danger of yielding to the temptation Satan presented in the Garden of Eden. VICE’s textbook makes an analogous reference concerning how a miscreant gladly will give someone about to board a connecting flight incorrect information, and then laugh about it behind his back. Likewise, high school teammates, adolescent friends and acquaintances also give each other bad advice about getting drunk, sexuality, drugs, and other vices – only to laugh about it behind their backs. VICE realizes that teenagers are more inclined to listen to their peers than to their parents. Thus, we admonish America’s Youths, “Don’t let a blind friend drive you to the hospital.” Why? If you are in need of medical attention for a broken arm, then why put your life at risk? Stated differently, if your friends are ignorant of the consequences of consuming “forbidden fruits” that merely seem to be hip or cool, then why not listen to a mature adult who possesses more insight and wisdom? Many senior citizens in their fifties and sixties still are suffering from having made poor sexual choices when they were your age. Ergo, why not allow them to share their ethical wisdom with you so that you can avoid making a similar “sexual mistake”? Many of their sexual mistakes were an indirect result of their parents and other adults cowering from age-appropriate discussions of male and female libido. WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it. Thus, such spiritual enlightenment and sexual wisdom can circumvent your ever making a similar mistake. Unabashedly, VICE hopes that more high school seniors, college students, and young adults will develop and nurture candid relationships akin to Junior’s father son dyad. Challenge your parents, pastors, coaches, etc. to keep it real with you about the vicissitudes of life before you touch the hot stove. Is not this what Junior’s Dad did, thus enabling him to see and to think for himself? Of course, Junior’s Dad is a fictional character. Yet, is it possible, plausible, probable, or preposterous to think all of us will make fewer sexual mistakes if we read and follow the Torah, Tripitaka, Quran, and the Holy Bible? Do you agree or are you too blind to see? By the way, the name of the fitness club Coach Black manages is “God’s Gym”. Do you care to join me for a workout?
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