A Society of Delegation and Replacement
By: Joseph Harris
We have become a society of delegation and replacement. We delegate that which is our responsibility and that delegation then turns into replacement. Let me explain what I mean. Delegation has its place. Good leaders delegate responsibilities and tasks to workers under their authority. Delegation gives the boss ability to do other things. Delegation can be effective. But some things can’t be delegated. In some areas, certain responsibilities should not be passed down to others.
As a whole we have delegated, even relegated certain responsibilities which has resulted in disaster for the family, church, society and the nation. Notice, some of the delegations below:
(1) Mothers have delegated nurturing, by substituting “mothercare” with daycare.
(2) Parents have delegated their children’s education to institutions (public and private) by not teaching their children at home first, if not completely, through home education. For most, all education and instruction is done outside the home.
(3) We have delegated all spiritual and moral instruction to the church, but this responsibility belongs primarily to the parents.
(4) We have delegated our government to elected representatives, but then have not held them accountable. Representatives are supposed to vote the mind of their constituents, but when the voters do not hold them accountable, this delegation becomes a signed blank check.
Through passage of time, delegation becomes relegation (abandonment), which then turns into abdication (resignation, relinquishment of power). This natural course then leads to replacement. Is it any wonder then, that society has turned upside down over the past 50 years and black has become white and white has become black? The Old Testament prophet said, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20, 21. Notice the replacement that has resulted in many areas of life:
We have replaced this Republic with a Democracy.
We have replaced the Constitution with the Supreme Court.
We have replaced God with government.
We have replaced civil rights with discriminating quotas.
We have replaced the right of life for the innocent with the right of the woman to choose death.
We have replaced empirical science with a theory called evolution.
We have replaced education with schooling.
We have replaced love with sex.
We have replaced abstinence with safe sex.
We have replaced that which is normal (heterosexuality) with abnormal perversion (homosexuality).
We have replaced salvation with church membership.
We have replaced absolutes with relativism.
We have replaced common sense with irrational thinking.
We have replaced peace with pacifism.
We have replaced benevolence with welfare.
We have replaced our diverse heritage with multiculturalism.
We have replaced the authorized version of scripture with a myriad of incomplete, inferior versions.
May God open our eyes and bolster us with the courage to replace the replacements with that which we already know to be the tried-and-true foundation. Contrary to popular opinion, seeking the old paths is not always bad.
Joseph Harris is the Vice President of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS. (This article may be reprinted in whole, as long as the name Joseph Harris and www.miniedition.net also appear). To receive or discontinue Dose of Reality, email email@example.com with ADD or REMOVE Forward this Edition to a Friend. The writings of Joseph Harris are based on his beliefs and views and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and views of Southeastern Baptist College.
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