No Pain-No Gain

This motto for exercise applies across the board, doesn’t it?

We recognize it and get upset when well-meaning people try to make things too easy.  We see this problem the most in raising and teaching young people.

When the schools promote everyone by lowering the standards, we feel that the kids are cheated.

When everyone gets a “participation” award for just showing up, we feel the kids don’t learn competition and hard work.

If High School Basketball lowered the rim to 9 feet, there would be an outcry.

Parents who pay for everything and don’t make their kids do chores or work…

Parents who don’t let kids experience the hard consequences of their actions……

Kids won’t learn responsibility, work ethic, etc. and will expect things to be easy.  They will become accustomed to an easy life.

In society, in general, we are averse to freebies, handouts, etc. to the unemployed.  We don’t want to make it too easy for them. Lotteries and get-rich schemes are recognized for what they are by the wise.

But when it comes to living our faith in America, why do we throw all of that out the window?

We want it easy for our kids (and adults) to practice their faith in school, the sports fields, and public mediums.

We don’t want other religions or worldviews presented to our kids (or adults) on TV or in schools–only the Christian one.

We want them to be able to pray aloud, publicly, with government approval, whenever and where-ever.

We want visual reminders, whether crosses or the 10 commandments, readily visible at all times.

We want a “government-given” freedom to be able to talk about God and Jesus
without any teacher, friend, or boss questioning, insulting or prohibiting us,
even though we already have a God-given obligation.

We want them to have it easy.  We want the standards lowered by the government.

We want it easy for ourselves.

We don’t want to grow through trials, but to have a pseudo-Christian bubble in which to live our faith.

What if God told you, “there are no easy streets,” and “Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it.”?  Because He did.

No Pain–No Gain.  It’s a Truth that we accept in all situations……..except………

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2 thoughts on “No Pain-No Gain

  1. You have a point, but I don’t agree with all of your applications. It isn’t wrong to want more of God in the public square. Ancient Israel had its problems specifically because it left God out of public life. If we love our nation, we want it to be blessed by God. We don’t want paganism just so that we can struggle.

    There is a time and place for representing Christ in a marketplace of competing ideas, but the early school years are not that time. It is my responsibility as a Dad to provide the most nourishing Christian environment possible AND to prepare my children for the difficulties they will face. There is a balance. I couldn’t send my son to the NFL without him going through lots of other layers of training and preparation first.

  2. brian

    thanks sean, good response
    don’t forget that in Ancient Israel, every single person was in a covenant with God. that’s what gives me problems in understanding today’s world.
    It is our responsibility as parents, and Christian schools are an option, but I am not sure that using the govt to enforce our right opinions is what God wants us to do.
    just where my struggle is….

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