Jury Duty- A Rant (sort of)

At the beginning of this year, my wife and I were volunteering in Big Bend National Park. While there we would have our mail forwarded to us every few weeks. With the internet now days, there is very little that we receive in the mail except a couple of magazines.

When we left the park, we had our mail forwarded to us in Alpine, Texas where we were waiting on repairs to our car.  In the mail was a notice to my wife for jury duty. The only problem was that the date to appear was already passed! She called the person in charge of the jury selection process and explained our situation, that we were retired and spent most of our time on the road away from our location of residency (we’re full time RV’rs). The gentleman was very understanding and told her to come in and volunteer for jury duty the next time we were going to be in town. Because of the extent of the repairs needed our car and other obligations, it was 4 months before we made it back ‘home’ to volunteer for jury duty.

It has amazed me that, almost to a person, the response we get from people when telling them about the jury duty is to tell us how to get out of it. What!! One of the foundations of our country, the U.S.A., was the judicial system in which a person is entitled to a trail before a jury of their peers. The key word is entitled. This is a privilege not given in many parts of the world today. To me, this means that jury duty  is a basic responsibility of every citizen qualified to sit on a jury. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but it seems to me that if more people accepted the responsibilities of their citizenship in this country instead of trying to duck them, there would be fewer problems. Irresponsible people leads to irresponsible government.

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A Sugar-Coated God?

In recent years my wife and I have begun to read a lot more food labels than we used to. As we get older, our health becomes more of a concern than when we were younger. Something that I have noticed is just how much added sugar there is in food nowadays. It seems that we need to have sugar added to make our food palatable.

The same seems to be true of our view of God. We want a sugar-coated God to make Him easier to take. There is a lot of talk in churches about God’s grace, but very little about sin and judgment. We are taught about forgiveness, but what about obedience and righteousness? Heaven is a favorite topic, but hell isn’t even mentioned.

Just as too much sugar in our diet can lead to serious health issues, trying to sugar-coat God can lead to serious spiritual health issues, maybe even spiritual death. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that,   All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NKJV)

We Christians need to take seriously the whole of Scripture, not just the parts that are sweet and easy to swallow.

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