Kenneth L. Samuel
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…" - Hosea 4:6
At a social gathering two tables were set with a fountain of punch on each table. On one table, a sign read "NON-ALCOHOLIC." On the other table the sign read "ALCOHOLIC." The "ALCOHOLIC" sign was accidentally knocked off the table when someone noticed a conservative pastor go up to the table, fill his glass with the unmarked punch and begin to sip.
After drinking three glasses of the unmarked punch, the pastor made his way back to the table for another refill. The person who had been observing the pastor went up to him and asked: "Reverend, do you know what you're drinking?" "No," he responded, "And I don't want anybody to tell me."
Lack of knowledge is one thing. Resistance to learning is something else.
Recently, I attended Freshmen Orientation with my daughter at Savannah State University. In her address to the incoming freshmen, the President of Savannah State, Dr. Cheryl Dozier, told the students that it did not matter what grades they had made prior to their matriculation at Savannah State. "What matters most now is your openness to learning and your willingness to take advantage of every resource Savannah State offers for your advancement."
There is relevance here for everyone. The knowledge we reject is far more critical than the stuff we don't know. Life itself is a laboratory, and life holds each of us responsible for everything vital that we refuse to learn.
Teach me my way, oh Lord. I want an "A" in openness. Amen.
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.