Common Sense

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the home owner’s insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.

Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

A jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay $113,500 to Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania because  after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000 plus dental expenses.

Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich.  Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owners manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

Let me just say it up-front and here:  The world is going crazy!  There never seems to be a lack of knowledge, but there sure is a lack of common sense right now.  There is a great difference between the two.  Knowledge is just that—knowledge.  Common sense is—knowing how to use that knowledge.  For several decades now the people have been bombarded with knowledge.  We have knowledge coming out of our ears.  This is the problem—we have too much knowledge, but we seriously lack wisdom to know how to use it properly.

The reason that we have this lack in ability to use the knowledge that we have is because there has been a wholesale retreat from the word of God and from God Himself.  God is the one who gives common sense.  In Nehemiah when the people stood in their place and the words of God were read to them, they obtained knowledge.  But, as the words were being read, “God distinctly… gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading” (Neh. 8:8).  Because there has been a disdain of God, there has been a lack of common sense.

In the garden of Eden, Adam was told not to eat of the fruit of the tree of KNOWLEGE of good and evil.  Why?  Because in the very day that he would eat of that fruit, his EYES WOULD BE OPEN.  That is what happened—man’s eyes were open but his mind is shut off.  Knowledge keeps pouring in, but to no avail, there is no sensible way to use the knowledge unless you turn to God and get a little common sense.

Those who know me, know that I always tell a person before getting saved, they will get “new eyes.”  I am telling them, (and you if you are unsaved today while reading this), they will begin seeing the same old things they have seen all of their life, but from a different perspective.  That is the perspective of common sense.  God will cause them to understand the things that they have KNOWN as they read their Bibles.

This is how an intelligent person, a person with an ability to store huge amounts of knowledge, can come up with such “far out” theories as: evolution, big bangs, black holes, expanding universes and space within space.  The have a lot of knowledge, but cannot disseminate it, that is to say, use it in a common sense way.  It is not enough for them to know gravity exists, but they must understand it.  This is a good example of taking something that they know exists (gravity) and apply common sense to it (how it works).

I know that someone will focus on what they desire and miss the whole purpose of this little article.  They will think that I am saying that knowledge is not good, and that like most preachers, will think that we have to have blind faith to be a Christian.  That is not so.  Knowledge is profitable, but only if it is coupled with common sense, so it can be used wisely.

The world today seems to be getting more stupid as we go along; yet there is more knowledge out there than has ever been before.  How is that?  There is a lack of common sense; there is a disdain for God.



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