It's Not All That Bad"
Kenneth W. Weliever
In recent weeks this writer has become increasingly aware of the masses of people who are busily engaged in "tearing down" our country, the home, and the church. Although Communist influence has infiltrated some areas of thought, and some are advocating "marriage contracts" instead of "till death do you part," and liberals are moving farther away from God's Word in religious matters, we are not referring to those in this context. The truth is that many an "average" person is destroying the great principles of right we have so long enjoyed by their endless negative thinking and speaking.
How long has it been since you heard someone cry, "America is doomed" or "the country is going to the dogs," or some similar expression? Probably as recent as yesterday. Yet what are these bemoaning souls doing about the problems of our country? It is one thing to point an accusing finger and it is still another to seek solutions. We have much for which to be thankful in this great land. Our freedom of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" permits us to set our own personal goals in life and then pursue them. This country sure beats whatever is second best!
Then again concerning the home, many are telling us that there is no more family life in America today. We hear how bad the young people are. It seems that some folks thrive on complaining about our faults. Although we have problems in this area, no good is accomplished by continually harping on them without advocating an answer that will remedy the situation. In fact, our country is still full of homes where the husband is the head, the wife is in subjection, and the children are obedient to their parents. Many families pray together and study God's Word both publicly and privately. Let us rejoice in the good we see all around us.
The Church is also beset by "loosed-tongued" members who are "experts" in telling others what is wrong with the preacher, the elders, and the whole church. These "dedicated" souls can see the sing of each one, yet his own sins are not as easily discerned. The Bible teaches, "if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Gal. 6: 1). This is a far cry from those who condemn their brother, but never go and talk to him about his sins. Not only that, the one being condemned probably has several admirable qualities, yet these are often overlooked in favor of the bad. Brethren, this ought not to be.
Certainly this article is not to imply that we are all perfect and that no problems exist in the country, home, or church; rather it is to emphasize that no good can ever come from constantly stressing our faults and overlooking our strengths. Obviously we all have faults -- plenty of them. Yet as James R. Cope once said, "Nothing worth while, however, is built on shortcomings. You will do neither yourself nor others around you any good by harping on our bad points. This reflects negative thinking. Let us recognize our faults, correct them as we can and build on the good for only that which is founded on the good in men will or should survive." And in the words of the inspired apostle Peter, "For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and do good; let him seek peace and ensue it" (I Pet. 3: 10).
By following these constructive and positive admonitions we can overcome the pessimistic and negative forces we encounter and improve not only our own mental attitude, but the adverse situations we face, as well. The wise man counseled: "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he." Therefore, by reflecting only on the good in life, magnifying it, and building upon it, we can triumph over the evil about us and encourage others to see that the Christian way of life is the best of all possible lives. Who knows, it might be your radiant and sunny disposition that wins a soul to Christ. Try it and see!
TRUTH MAGAZINE, XVI: 16, p. 12-13