LEST WE FORGET
Dr. Miles Seaborn
Deuteronomy 8:12-14 & 32:7-20
INTRO. (Read Deuteronomy 8:12-14 & Deut. 32:7-20)
Rudyard Kipling, England's vocal proponent of
Nineteenth Century Imperialism, justified ownership of
the colonies in Asia and Africa with a slogan of "The
white man's burden." But he also was aware of man's
weakness and in a familiar hymn, "Lest We Forget" he
prayed that Almighty God would make imperialist aware
of their terrible responsibility to these colonial
nations. Lest we forget that we have an obligation to
lift them up and elevate these people and not merely
the privilege of plunder and to take from them.
"If drunk with sight of power, we lose
Wild tongues which have not Thee in awe-
Such boasting as the Gentiles use
Or lesser breeds without the law-
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - Lest we forget."
This prayer of Richard Rudyard Kipling was the precise
warning that Moses gave to the children of Israel
shortly after they left the land of bondage in Egypt.
As they journeyed, they anticipated the marvelous,
joyous experiences in abundant life in the land
flowing with milk and honey.
Moses felt constrained to issue a sharp warning
because with his keen spiritual insight he knew
something of the weaknesses and tendencies of human
nature. To get the full import of his warning one
must read the entire eight chapters of Deuteronomy and
also the 32nd.
Our theme for this morning, thinking about a gift that
returns, thinking about our material possessions as
committed to God through his body of church believers
in 1973, is this warning of Moses relevant to us
today? As a matter of fact, it is most timely and
American wealth has increased beyond the wildest
imagination of our Pilgrim forebearers.
ILL. Today there are boats and pleasure crafts
on Eagle Mountain Lake or Benbrook Lake more
capable and seaworthy than the Mayflower was on
which the Pilgrims made their hazardous journey
across the Atlantic Ocean.
ILL. Surrounding our lakes and up and down the
beach can be found weekend cottages that are far
more lavish and superior to the mansion where
Governor Bradford lived.
ILL. We are surfeited and filled with food and
other material. Someone said not long ago, "We
have more corn and wheat rotted in government
storage than our pilgrim farmers ever thought
there would be in the whole world. We have caves
full of butter, eggs and lard, to say nothing of
the gold in the cave of Ft. Knox.
We have traffic jams because there are too many
Heart attacks because we eat too much.
Delinquency because our young people have too much
And headaches because of watching too much television.
America is indeed the "land flowing with milk and
Any serious-minded person cannot help but realize that
our scale of va ...
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