If you don’t know already, the theme from Anne of Green Gables has a lot of significance to my wife and I, and represents some very special times in my life. So, I was sitting at work on Friday, making a cardboard cutout of a toilet (yes, I do whatever I’m told), and what comes across my shuffled iPhone playlist but that very song. Naturally, I had to laugh a little bit, because nothing says “special moment” like sitting on the floor of your cubical in a skyscraper in downtown Indianapolis, and cutting out cardboard toilets!
Truth = Reality
Do you live in reality? Most people don’t. Most people are trying to escape reality because they can’t deal with it. Most people can’t deal with the truth that is reality. Most people would rather be engaged by the tv, movies, video games, etc. Some think that they can attain the status of a popular singer, a movie star, a beauty queen, etc, but in reality all these people are made. The person you see on the front cover of a magazine is not real. That picture is lying to you. It is presenting you with an image that you cannot possibly attain to. We live in the Photoshop generation. Nearly 90% of all images are photoshopped in some way. That is not reality/truth. You are being lied to. Are you admiring a false image, or are your desires based in reality? What is truth?
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
~ Oscar Wilde
So, what does the Bible say about a young persons relationship with his/her parents? Well, here are a few verses that have been on my mind lately.
Proverbs 1:7-9 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Proverbs 6:20-22 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
but… notice the contrast in the following verses
Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
Young person, your authority lies in your parent. Do not remove yourself from that authority. Because you remove yourself from one authority, does not mean that you are out from under authority. It means that you are now underneath the authority of God.
Rest in the authority that you have been placed under, for one day God will hold you accountable and you alone for your actions.
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
~Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia
I am the fellow citizen of every being that thinks; my country is Truth.
~Alphonse de Lamartine, “Marseillaise of Peace,” 1841
“The religion of the Antichrist is false Christianity, and at times it looks so good.”
James Beller – The Coming Destruction of the Baptist People, pg. 30