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Reading, Writing, And Recklessness
by Steve Higginbotham
June 6, 2007
 I'm sure that many of you have heard of the events that recently transpired at Boulder High School in Colorado.  An associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of California was asked to speak to the High School students in a school assembly.  At this assembly this professor said…
"I am going to encourage you to have sex and encourage you to use drugs appropriately…Why I am going to talk that position is because you are going to do it anyway...I think as psychologist and health educator, it is more important to educate you in a direction that you might actually stick to.”
Can you imagine such advice?  Even more, can you imagine a school system that would not rise up to challenge and denounce such reckless advice?  Friends, this is an indication of the direction our society is taking.  Moral absolutes are simply dismissed as puritan religious hang-ups.  In our pluralistic society, everything thing is up for grabs.
I must wonder if they will add another six weeks to their driver’s education course to cover the following material… “How to Speed Without Getting a Ticket.”  After all, using the same rationale, “since young people are going to speed anyway, they might as well be taught how to speed responsibility.”  Maybe this additional course could contain such matters as “Radar Detectors,” “How to Talk Your Way Out of A Ticket,” “How to Pay a Ticket Without Your Parents Knowing,” and “How to Lose the Police on a Side Street.”  
So what do we do?  First, realize that we live in a society that permits public dissent and freedom of speech.  So speak up!  Be heard!  Express your views to those in position of authority.  If enough Christians would be vocal about their faith, maybe our society would take us more seriously.
Friends, don’t allow our society to slip further and further from the absolute moral standards of God.  When you see something that is “unacceptable,” speak up.  Be heard.  Express yourself.  Don’t just be a bystander to a tragedy when you can do something. 
Can I, by myself make a difference?  Can I, by myself set the world on fire?  Maybe not.  But may we all be found striking matches when the Lord returns.
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