Edward Everett gave a 2 hour speech after the battle of Gettysburg. Lincoln gave a speech that lasted a few minutes.
I am no Lincoln of course but I do use just a few words to make any point.
I remember years ago when the definition of 'legalism' was pretty much of the 'jewelry', 'women's slacks', 'makeup', yadayada kind. But behold! Something is happenning. It has morphed into something ugly but still the one who points it out will undoubtedly be tagged 'legalistic'. But I don't care.
About 40 some years ago if you were to point out to an average sinner, let alone a christian, that there was a movie at the theater that had about 2 seconds of nudity in it, they would be shocked. Lo and behold. Today christians seem to have no problem with movies with sex and nudity, blasphemy, potty mouths, and gratuitous violence. They tend to dismiss it with 'I overlook those parts and enjoy the story.' Oh really?
Here's another strange phenomenon. If questioned about a particular movie with a questionable scene they answer 'I never saw that in it!'
I had to shut more than a few movies off with some real toxic material only to hear a christian say 'I saw that one and I didn't see that part in it!'
I tried to watch some movies on the Gospel Music Channel. Pure trash. I had to shut them off. What's going on? I know, I know. 'Devon, you are just to legalistic.'
Another problem that is ever increasing in the 'body of Christ' is 'language'. I thought I heard every four letter word possible spill out of the mouths of 'born again' christians until recently I heard a brother spill out G__DD___! What's goin on? Not to mention christians favorite humor 'word' that starts with an f and ends with a t. I can't even spell it out. A 4 letter bodily function word. This is not what I thought would be the 'fellowship of the saints'. I thought I left that all behind at the pool hall.
Am I being to 'legalistic' here. Am I a prude? Maybe I'm just not hip enough.
I once heard a 'pastor' telling his congregation why he buys his wife a latte. Sex is what he is after. I cringed with all the children sitting there. I walked out alone. I guess no one else cringed. Maybe I'm just to 'religious'.
It's kind of funny. Me and my wife use to walk out of movies in the early '70's when Hellywoood or a I mean Hollywood started producing trash.
I won't even go into the embezzelment, adultery, etc.,etc., 'pastors' occassionally are caught for while the congregations continue to support them. Whew! Somebody wake me up!! [It's no wonder I can't get a following. I can't do those things...if that's what it takes].
Robbery, theft and lies that are used by christian businessmen would knock you outta the saddle....that is if you're not part of all this 'enlightenned' christianity.
Now you know I could go on and on with case histories to prove my observations but I know that I am already being acused of 'legalism' and 'ranting'. So I'll stop.
Hey by the way.I'm starting a church. Does anyone want to come? Just kidding. It would remain an empty building.
Am I legalistic? I don't pay the ungodly tithe. I do not 'go to church'. Pretty legalistic aint I.
Lincoln made his points in a couple of minutes. So did I.