by Dan Hill

Whatever Happened To Our Tears?
Dan Hill
Luke 19: 36-44

I have recently become disturbed by the realization of two discoveries: Most people are suffering from a distinct lack of joy, and they are suffering from a distinct lack of tears. And unfortunately, this condition is not just relegated to those outside a faith relationship.

Oh, we laugh sometimes and we even have occasional moments of happiness provided our circumstances happen to turn out happily. But there seems to be a great absence of joy. As a result, there are lots of us that are just holding on to life with a white-knuckled determination.

On the other hand; one of the great losses of our American society is the loss of our tears. We have acquired the idea that crying is not cool and we have relegated tears to the hyper-emotional, the illiterate, the uneducated or the un-medicated! Therefore, weeping is a sign of weakness and we say, "Big boys don't cry." We have become a tearless society with numbed out feelings and emotions.

Throughout the Bible there is a connection between a hardened heart and the absence of tears. What has happened to us that would cause us to be deadened as a people and robbed of our tears? Is it possible that we have become so hardened by the corruption and evil that is so obvious everywhere we look that our hearts are never moved anymore? Has the continual stream of "blood and guts" pouring out of the media and into our hearts blunted out emotions and made us callous? We are living with and around so many, many people who have been damaged and hurt by others that our only defense is to put up high walls that protect us from further damage.

One great preacher of days gone by said this: "Without a doubt, a Christianity devoid of emotions and feelings must be seen as nothing less than a counterfeit Christianity. God is simply too big, too satisfying, and too glorious for one to be unmoved by a true knowledge of him and what he has done through His Son, Jesus."


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