Van Yandell

1 Timothy 5:8 “ But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

My daddy once told me, “A man has to protect his family, his country and his septic tank.” He was a very practical minded soul! One of his favorite stories was, “I went to college; in the front door and out the back.” His formal education wasn’t as extensive as a few of his day but his on-the-job-training was through the roof.

He was (among other trades), a plumber. “There are some items you simply must not flush down the drain” he said. Rags, bricks and bones are items that must never find their way into the septic tank. Anything that is not bio-degradable will accumulate and eventually cause your plumbing system to clog. Grease is another such substance. It will stick to the inside of the drain pipes and also accumulate with the other non-bio-degradable objects.

Men are also designed and conditioned to protect our families. We are “fixers!’ When our wives tell us of a problem, our minds immediately kick in with the “I must fix this,” thought. No matter what the problem may be; that’s just the way our minds work.

It may be as simple as a stopped up drain under a sink. In such a case we immediately remove all the bottles, hair dryers and massive amounts of lotions and conditioners from under the sink. Next, locate the channellocks and unscrew the slip nuts off the S-trap, take it outside and hose it out. In most cases, that works. Then we leave the mess of items previously removed for the creator of the problem to restore to normalcy.

In other cases, the problem may be an over-reaction to an inadvertent word that happened to enter into our conversation (by the male, of course). In such a case we have to resort to the “time heals all wounds” philosophy, knowing full well, there’s not that much time left in forty lifetimes. Some things are never forgotten.

Nonetheless, we are designed to correct the problems our families have and never a resting moment is had. We are constantly on alert, condition red, prepared and willing to defend our families. No foe is big enough or bad enough for us not to take action if attacked. Attack me with all your armed forces, words and lies and I will forget it in a few days. Attack my family and we are at war until hell freezes over.

My dad was also a patriot. He studied the constitution and for the most part kept up with the laws of the land (the one exception was the posted speed limit). He was a great believer in the freedoms afforded by the Bill of Rights. He taught a Sunday school class for many years which resulted from the freedoms of speech, assembly and religion.

My dad spent considerable time in what he called Old Mexico. He was a chemist. His jobs included analyzing fluorspar ore for shipment to the steel mills in the northern states. His laboratory was in Marathon, Texas but he made frequent trips into Mexico. He crossed the Rio Grande in a bucket attached to a cable at Boquillas del Carmen. This was in the 1950’s and he respected and, I think, admired, the Mexican people.

He told me many stories of how the indigenous peoples of Mexico protected him. One such occasion was, when they camped in the mountains, they placed their bed-rolls in a circle around him. That was to keep the numerous side-winders (rattle snakes) from ending up sleeping with him. I think he regarded the Mexicans as his family away from home.

They never allowed him to go anywhere without one of them. If it was in a town or down a mine shaft, the locals always protected my dad.

These conditions and factors being considered, he still held precious the integrity of the United States of America. The Mexicans often came into the U.S. just as my dad went into Mexico. Their transit was done in a legal and appropriate manner and the law was obeyed.

The greatest entity in our lives we must protect is our God. The Bible teaches Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1: 1, John 1: 14, Philippians 2:5-6, Colossians 2:9-10, and numerous other scriptural references). To protect our Bible is to protect Jesus and ultimately God.

Our Bible and Christianity are under attack. A very alarming fact (to me) is that one of the attackers is our own government. In the attempt at inclusiveness, Christianity has been labeled as a hate group by many which consequently has resulted in persecution of Christianity, the church, the Bible and Christians.

Because Christians follow the teachings of the Bible, we see many of the permissive attitudes in America today as being contrary to the word of God. Regardless of our political inclinations concerning many matters, Christian beliefs concerning right and wrong are determined by the scriptures.

Being a Christian in today’s America has become politically incorrect. Being a believer-follower of Jesus wasn’t politically correct in Israel two-thousand years ago and that hasn’t changed. From another point of view, we are the Great Commission Church as established by our Jesus (Matthew 16: 18 and 28: 18-20). We are therefore, compelled to promote Jesus in this world.

Regardless of one’s denomination, we all use the same Bible; sixty-six books (seventy-three in the Catholic Bible), inspired by Creator God and written by men. Jesus taught us, first and foremost to follow His teachings and at the top of the list is to tell others about Him.

Must we compromise our Christian beliefs to maintain our connection to the world and its twenty-first century attitudes? The question is so absurd it does not even deserve an answer. Our position on this dilemma is etched in stone (Exodus 20) and will not waiver.

1 Corinthians 10: 13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” We are often tempted to conform to the world and these modern beliefs and attitudes. However, the Bible teachings surpass all other thoughts and notions.

As we protect our families and country, we must never cease to protect Christianity and our perfect Jesus. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6: 20. This verse written by Paul not only describes what our value is but who we are and whose we are!

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, is he that goes with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” We must never forsake Him or our beliefs by compromising His word and failing to protect Him. We must protect!