When Life is too Complicated, Simplify

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo DaVinci

Sometimes I think we make things way more complicated than we should. There was a news story the other day about a little boy who was being disciplined at school for pointing his finger like it was a gun. It seems that the school had a zero tolerance policy on weapons in school and the little boy had violated it. The school's position was based on that thorny issue of where to draw the line on zero tolerance. I have a suggestion for them: Common sense!

I have a friend who traded a kid for his Dad's souvenir bazooka shell on his way to school one morning in the 1960's. Since he couldn't go back home and risk being late for school, he just brought his new prized possession on to school with him. He was quite a hit with the other kids that morning. He was also quite a hit with his principal, who called him into the office to determine if he had lost his mind or just his judgment. When the proper determination was made, the matter was closed. Pain was involved, a lesson was learned, and the matter was settled. No lawyers were needed... when men and women used simple common sense.

Oh, for the days when principals were allowed to use common sense.

Now, I realize that we live in an era where kids cannot be permitted to bring bazooka shells to school, but that's not the point. The point is that when society cannot distinguish between weapons of mass destruction and a six year-old's finger, we may have made things too complicated. It's time to simplify!

The same is true in our service to God. We have so many intellectuals in religion today that we are ruining Christianity. So many people are teaching so many things about Christian living that we begin to wonder if anyone can understand what God's will is. But we can, you know - God was not incompetent in the giving of His word, nor was He being tricky. The solution to the problems of every day life isn't all that complicated: It's to simplify! We don't need lawyers to tell us how to handle six year-old fingers, nor do we need experts in the law to tell  us what God really meant. We just need to read the Bible ourselves and then do what it says.

My people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6, NIV

Seek and you will find. Matthew 7:7, NIV