Please, It’s Time To Stop Crying

I spent the last few days watching the country react to the presidential vote. I read of a Yale professor who made an exam optional because the professor was “getting many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election returns.”

Yesterday students from American University burned a flag as part of their protest. I suppose they really didn’t think about the name of their University and the respect it deserves as they began the name-calling and standard protest jargon. What a great way to protest the election of a United States President…burn a flag. That accomplishes a lot for their cause.

Protestors took to the streets in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C. and other major cities across the country. I don’t even know what that means. What are they protesting? What’s the argument? That they didn’t get their way? The country voted. So you don’t like the results? That’s life.

I read articles from folks fearing for their safety as a result of the election. Really? Do you believe that because the country has new leadership you are now suddenly going to be physically assaulted? We could sure talk about some countries where physical safety is a real issue but let’s not pretend that election results bring shadows lurking in the dark ready to pounce on you.

Come on now. We need to toughen up and teach our college students how to make a real difference in this world. Let’s grow a spine and move on with life. How will college students function in the world if election results put them in shock? If this is the training students are getting for tuition dollars in colleges across America we are in trouble.

America is supposed to be a leader among nations. Yet here we are protesting, crying, writing letters to our children explaining how this election went wrong, calling each other names, watching news sources write articles about living in Trump’s America. We really need to get a grip. America doesn’t belong to any President. It doesn’t belong to Donald Trump any more than it belonged to Washington, Lincoln or any of our other previous Presidents. This is our America and it’s time we start acting like it.

At Toccoa Falls College we teach students that life is about developing character. We teach students that sometimes we just don’t get our way. We learn to move on to issues where we can make a positive difference in this world.

At Toccoa Falls College we don’t burn flags. We respect our government officials, we don’t go into shock when things don’t go our way, and our students solve problems…they don’t create them.

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I’ll Take Butter On That

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Truthful marketing and advertising has always been of interest to me.  This week I was reading a label on a bottle of pancake syrup just thinking about the marketing approach this particular company was taking.  As I read the label I noticed something very interesting.  The label advertised the syrup as Butter Rich.  In fact these two words were boldly written in bright blue letters across the front of the bottle.  Looking at those two words I could just imagine a large stack of pancakes with melted butter and butter rich syrup running down the sides of the pancakes.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

There is one problem.  In small letters along the bottom of the syrup label are the following words: contains no butter. That’s right…the butter rich advertising on the label is on a product that contains no butter.  I’m not sure how something can be buttery rich with no butter but that is a problem for another day.

What this syrup label made me think about are labels.  Specifically, the label many of us have attached to us that says follower of Christ.  People are watching us to see if we live up to our advertising.  Are we really the person we say we are? As I interact with folks all over the country I am saddened to see some who wear this label but probably should add some small print to their label that says, contains no Christ.

Most of us get frustrated when we believe we have been victims of false advertising.  I suspect we also do great damage to the cause of Christ when we label ourselves as followers of Christ but when others observe our behavior they see no evidence of truth in our advertising.

I’m reminded of Matthew, chapter 7 that says this:

A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

If you are wearing a follower of Christ label, make sure that you have truth in your advertising.  Let others identify you as a follower of Christ by your actions, those actions that follow scripture.  Let’s not disappoint others and harm the cause of Christ by any false advertising.