A Small Town Problem

July 30, 2012






This article was written to illustrate the foolish way people often react to their problems.  The small town doesn’t exist and it really never happened.

Once there  was  a small town in the mid-west  that  had  a particular  problem.   When I say it was a small town,  I  don’t mean it was just a wide spot in the road.  The city limits took in a little over a square mile and there must have been nearly 1000 residents.  The main highway no longer went through the center of town as in old times.  There were three gas stations, two grocery stores, several repair shops, and two farm machinery dealers.   There was a grade school but  the  high  school  students  were  bussed to a bigger town.  Most of the streets were paved and the town had a sewer system.  The problem was with the water system.  Like most small towns, the town pump pumped the water up to a water tower to provide water pressure for the town.  The water tower was one of  those  big  round tanks on a steel tower up some 100 feet from the ground.

The tank began to leak and it was harder and harder to keep water in it.   The water sprayed out and soaked the ground around the base of the tower.  The first major problem  developed when the water that sprayed out of the tank soaked  the  motor  on the pump and caused it to burn out.  By the time it was fixed the tank was empty so the workers didn’t have to wear their rain coats to install the rebuilt motor.   They covered the motor with a tarp until they could get the materials together to build a roof over it.

When summer came another problem developed.  The town was short on water when people started watering their gardens, their grass and their flowers.  The tank was leaking so much that the pump ran day and night and still couldn’t meet the demand.   The city fathers solved that problem by raising the taxes so they could afford to drill another well.   With two wells running, they managed to keep the tank full.   They had enough  foresight to put the second well far enough  away  from  the  base of the tower so it wouldn’t be soaked with the  water  from the leaking tank.

One judicious resident devised a system of big funnels to catch the water leaking from the tank and send it back down the well.   It worked fine in the summer time, but when real cold weather came the water froze as soon as it  hit  the  ground.   Sometimes  there was ice a foot thick on  the  ground  around  the tower.  Water ran off the roof of the  little  shed  over the pump and formed icicles all the way to the ground

You might ask, why didn’t they fix the tank  The truth is that no one was willing to climb the tower.  Even the city engineer said, “You won’t catch me climbing around up there.”  So they went on treating the symptoms instead of getting at the source of the problem

As I said at the beginning, this is just to illustrate the idiotic way our society often deals with serious social problems.  Here are some examples

Crime can be stopped by putting more policemen in the streets.  The Bible tells us that the root of the crime problem is in the heart.  Mark 7:21-23 says “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,   Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:    All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”  It’s a heart problem that needs to be corrected.  Someone has said “What’s down in the well will come up in the bucket.” Evil things come from within the heart.  Instead of ridding the schools of the Ten Commandments, they need to be put on the walls of every classroom.  Learning to recite them from memory should be included in the school curriculum.

Homicide can be stopped by taking all the guns away from the people.   Again it’s a heart problem.  Putting a deterrent in the path of a criminal will not stop him or her from being a criminal.  People were killing one another long before guns were invented.  The first crime recorded was when Cain killed Abel.  He didn’t use a gun.  Take away the guns and people will kill with knives, swords and spears.  There is still poison.  People need to be taught to love one another.

Lock up the criminals and isolate them from society.  Yes, I agree, but while they are locked up, we need to teach them to have a change of mind regarding their relationship to society.  It doesn’t matter how many years they spend behind bars.  If they go on the street again, without a change of heart, they will still be a menace to society.  Many prisons discourage or prohibit christian workers from coming in to talk to the prisoners.  To the contrary, they should be begging them to come in.

Mental and emotional problems can be solved with drugs.  There are mood changing drugs that can alter emotional feelings, but when the drugs are taken away they are back with the same problem.  They need help in thinking right.  II Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” A sound mind is one that thinks right.

These are just a few examples of   inappropriate attempts to solve social problems.  Instead of attacking the symptoms, we need to attack the problem.  The minds of our young people have been corrupted.  They are taught to believe that men can solve all their problems by scientific means without the help of God.  If so, why aren’t they doing it?  We need to recognize that God is our creator and go to him for solutions.   Moral and social problems increase in proportion to the extent that the moral law of God goes unheaded.

God can make a new creation of the vilest of men.  If they put their faith and trust in Jesus, he will forgive their sins and change their hearts.  Christianity is the best solution there is for the moral and social problems in the world.  History gives abundant testimony to the change that surrendering to the will of God can make.


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