Common Sense

July 25, 2017

Common Sense

Fortunate is the one who is gifted with common sense. There is no good reason why everyone can’t be gifted with common sense. Unfortunately many in our day have been indoctrinated to accept ideologies that rob them of common sense.

It should be obvious to us that there is a right and wrong way to think. Proverbs 16:25 says “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Obviously if you aren’t thinking right you won’t get the results you hope for. Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”

God, our Creator, hasn’t left us in the dark in regard to how we should think. In two ways he has revealed to us the right way to think. Every human being has a conscience that helps him discern between right and wrong. He knows it is wrong to steal because he has suffered the loss of things others have stolen from him. He knows it is wrong to tell a lie. Our conscience works by means of our feelings and perceptions. Unfortunately, the conscience of many has been seared as it says in

I Timothy 4:2. “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” I Corinthians 8:7 also tells us that it is possible to have a conscience that is weak and defiled. These verses speak of eating meat that has been sacrificed to an idol. It says “Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.” That is what happens when we don’t obey our conscience.

A second way in which God has revealed right and wrong to us is by means of his Word. After God made Adam, the first man, he told him what to do and what not to do. Genesis 1:28 says “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” In Genesis 2:16-17 God told Adam and Eve what they were not to do. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Later, in Deuteronomy 6:24-25, we read that God gave men statutes and commandments. “And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.” Notice that it says “for our good always.” God’s prohibitions are always for our good. In chapter 20 of Exodus God gave men the ten commandments.

Down through the centuries common sense is what men have called the commandments that God has given us. They are laws that enable us to live in a happy, harmonious relationship with others. They are laws that enable us to enjoy that which is best for us and for the good of others. The more closely we obey God’s laws the more we will be deserving of the love and respect of those around us.

Society suffers because of a lack of common sense on the part of others. Our prisons and jails are over crowded. Do criminals us common sense? Many find themselves with debts they can’t pay. Have they used common sense in their economic decisions? Many young people drop out of high school and are poorly educated. Have they used common sense? The teen age pregnancy rate keeps increasing. Are our teen age girls using common sense? All these are an indication of a lack of common sense.

The lack of common sense in our society is not always because of negligence. Unfortunately our schools are failing to use common sense in teaching our children. Many high school graduates have little to show for having been in school for 12 years. They are very limited in their ability to read and write because they weren’t taught phonics. They have little respect for the founders of our great country because the history books they were taught from have painted them in a bad light. Even many college graduates have little to offer the job market because they haven’t been taught how to think.

Most of the ideologies being taught today are not at all in agreement with common sense. There are those who tell us that whether something is right or wrong depends on the situation. It is called “situation ethics.” That leaves us free to decide whether something is right or wrong. No, wrong is wrong and right is right no mater what the situation is.

Another ideology is called relativism. It says that moral laws change over time. They think that moral laws need to change as cultures change. No, what was morally wrong for our grandparents is still wrong for us. Then there is humanism. It teaches us that men are capable of solving all their social problems without the help of God. If so, why aren’t they doing it?

Most of these ideologies leave God out. Without God, there are no moral absolutes. Men want to disregard God and make their own moral laws. In Romans 1:31-32 God tells us that there are those who are “Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

Common sense tells us that there is a right way and a wrong way. Common sense tells us that we should take heed to what the Bible tells us in Psalm 37:3-5. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” It is a lack of common sense to change laws and customs that have served us well for centuries. Don’t depart from the old ways. They are better.

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