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Life with the Philistines
The days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land.
In today's episode we find the Philistines at the dining table talking to some friends:
"You woman and your cell phones. Can't you do anything without that miniature boob-tube these days? It used to be you had a phone stuck to your ear all day, now it's your eyes that's glued to a blip on a screen."
"Oh, keep quiet George. Mabel and I are busy discussing important matters..... Someone's at the door. Will you get it George? I'm busy."
"It's like this all day Harry. I can't get two minutes of Martha's time any more since we bought that talking post card."
"I know what you mean George. It's the same with Mabel. It's yak, yak, yak all day about nothing.... You'd better get the door George. Whoever it is hasn't gone away."
"Oh yeah. Just a minute Harry and I'll be right back. It's probably just a salesman anyway."
"Yeah, probably so."
"Well, good morning Pastor Leo. Come on in and join the party. I'd like you to meet some of our friends and neighbors. Have a sit and I'll get you a cup of coffee. Black?"
"No coffee for me George, but I would like a glass of water. It's a bit warm today."
"Yes it is. Pastor Leo, this is Harry, Harry, this is our pastor, Leo. Those to creatures with their faces stuck to cell phones are our wives. Martha you know, but I don't think you've ever met Mabel."
"Hello Harry, Mabel..... isn't it Mabel? She doesn't seem to respond to that name."
"When a dog's chewing on a bone it's unlikely to respond to anything Pastor Leo. It's been this way ever since we bought that dad-gum thing. It used to be the soaps on TV, or yakking on the phone. Now it's texting and the web all day."
"Yes George, I know what you mean. I suspect if they thought they could get away with it they'd be on their cell phones during service as well. Times they have indeed changed, but the people haven't."
"The times have changed, but people haven't? What do you mean Pastor Leo? I thought we were talking about people changing a minute ago. Now you say they haven't changed?"
"That's the way it seems to me George. It used to be that women would have to talk over the newspaper if they wanted to talk to their husband. And the husband would merely grunt some undecipherable reply. And the man, as still today, would lay in front of the TV watching the news or the ball game or some other sports event while the woman tried to clean around him. Now it's the women who have taken over this role while the man tries to get his wife's attention. It seems as if one way or another modern society is going to place a road block to communication between a husband and a wife."
20O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. (1Tim 6:)
11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. (Amos 8:)
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