The 3 R’s

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Dr. Don Kuehle DR. DON KUEHLE IS A RE­TIRED UNITED METHODIST MIN­IS­TER WHO LIVES IN JACK­SON. OPIN­IONS ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

Grow­ing up, I also learned the other 3 R’s — Rev­er­ence for God, Re­spect for law & or­der & life, and per­sonal Re­spon­si­bil­ity. Yes! There is a GOD! He has al­ways been and He will al­ways be. God cre­ated vast uni­verses. He in­vented light to drive away the dark­ness. God brought law and or­der out of the chaos. He es­tab­lished Laws for ev­ery area of life. There­fore, only GOD is to be wor­shipped and revered! As I came to know God bet­ter, I gained re­spect for the Laws that gov­ern ev­ery­thing. I learned to re­spect all liv­ing things — for all liv­ing things are sa­cred & holy be­cause they were cre­ated by a holy God.

When I started to school, I learned the 3 R’s — Readin’, Ritin’ and ‘Rith­matic. I learned that it was vi­tally im­por­tant to know how to read. Equally im­por­tant was the abil­ity to spell and write. And Math was stressed as a valu­able tool. At each Grade Level, we en­gaged in a class-wide Com­pe­ti­tion in each of these cat­e­gories; we were re­warded if we fin­ished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd — no one else got re­warded. We learned to study hard and we strived to do the best we could.

Grow­ing up, I also learned the other 3 R’s — Rev­er­ence for God, Re­spect for law & or­der & life, and per­sonal Re­spon­si­bil­ity. Yes! There is a GOD! He has al­ways been and He will al­ways be. God cre­ated vast uni­verses. He in­vented light to drive away the dark­ness. God brought law and or­der out of the chaos. He es­tab­lished Laws for ev­ery area of life. There­fore, only GOD is to be wor­shipped and revered! As I came to know God bet­ter, I gained re­spect for the Laws that gov­ern ev­ery­thing. I learned to re­spect all liv­ing things — for all liv­ing things are sa­cred & holy be­cause they were cre­ated by a holy God. If a per­son re­spects & obeys the law — they have noth­ing to fear. If one does not re­spect & obey the law — they have ev­ery­thing to fear. Fi­nally I learned to be per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for my choices & de­ci­sions. If I failed a test, I could not blame the teacher nor could I blame the dif­fi­culty of the course. What­ever the sit­u­a­tion I found my­self in, I had only my­self to blame.

To­day, Readin’ & Ritin’, & ‘Rith­matic are still taught — the tragedy is that too many stu­dents fail to learn them. More tragic still is the fact that stu­dents are rarely taught Rev­er­ence for God, Re­spect for law and or­der and for life and prop­erty, and per­sonal Re­spon­si­bil­ity. When­ever God is left out, there is only Man left to wor­ship; Man, how­ever can cre­ate noth­ing, knows noth­ing, con­trols noth­ing, owns noth­ing and ex­ists for only a brief time on earth. With­out God, Dark­ness re­turns, Chaos runs ram­pant, and life be­comes Hell. If there is no God, peo­ple de­vise their own self-cen­tered laws-to-live-by and truth be­comes merely what we say it is at the mo­ment. When we ig­nore God’s Laws, tragedy fol­lows!

In Math, 2 +2 = 4; if we say that 2+2=5, all our equa­tions will be off. If we defy the law-of-grav­ity by think­ing we can safely jump off a 10-story build­ing, our life will trag­i­cally end. So too, if we re-de­fine mar­riage & fam­ily, we have no rev­er­ence nor re­spect for God. Like­wise, try­ing to change our bi­o­log­i­cal iden­tity is like try­ing to defy the law-of-grav­ity — tragedy awaits.

Fi­nally, no one wants to ac­cept per­sonal Re­spon­si­bil­ity for their lives. That’s why, terms like “white priv­i­lege” and “white supremacy” are gi­ant lies that en­cour­age and pro­mote the Blame-Game of blam­ing some­one or some­thing else for our sit­u­a­tion. NO! God cre­ated all races and na­tion­al­i­ties and loves us all; all of us are “priv­i­leged.” Christ died for ev­ery one of us, to save us from be­ing en­slaved by Sin. No one is “supreme” be­cause none of us are “good”; we are all sin­ners, in need of God’s mercy and for­give­ness.

With­out Rev­er­ence for God, there is no life! With­out Re­spect for life & law, so­ci­ety be­comes an­ar­chy! With­out per­sonal Re­spon­si­bil­ity, we are not what we should be or could be!

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