Back in the 1990s, the American Red Cross was trying to raise awareness of the need for parents, grandparents, and families having infants to learn the newest methods of infant CPR and how to provide the basic first aid needs that could mean the difference between life and death for thousands of infants each year.
While the public service announcement was widely accepted as being not only cute and did bring increased interest in preventing the deaths of infants, the ad actually could not be further from the truth. Although its true that the Bible does not discuss CPR or proper basic first aid, it is absolutely amazing what it does contain and the guidance that it offers to those who are seeking to find peace in a chaotic world.
There’s a story that’s told around Lake Charles, Louisiana, by some of the country folk I met about a man that was broken down on the outskirts of town around the end of the First World War. His Model T Ford had left him stranded, in the rain, and about twenty miles from home. As the sky began to darken with the approaching of night, another traveler, a well-dressed man who was also driving a Model T, pulled up, got out of the car, and offered his assistance to the local man. The old man sneered, “what would you know about fixin’ cars? I don’t need no help…” and ignored the well-dressed man. After nearly twenty minutes, the well dressed man, Mr. Henry Ford, the very designer of the Model T, got back into his car and continued his drive into Lake Charles. The man refused to accept the help of the man that had designed the very car he was now having problems with!
The Bible offers God’s wisdom and advice for what we face in our lives today. The importance of proper nutrition, exercise, work, and even play are discussed throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The human need for companionship, love, the choosing of a life-mate, and how we are to conduct ourselves in a committed and dedicated marriage are contained in its many pages. The guidelines for operating honestly and effectively in the marketplace and in our place of employment are taught through numerous proverbs, parables, and outright prohibitions. Even the responsibilities of kingship and government are discussed throughout the Bible, yet man and this world continues to reject the advice of God and wonders why modern society appears to be on the verge of complete chaos.