Miss Scarlett’s Philosophy

“Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war; this war talk’s spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream.” (from Gone with the Wind)

We loved and hated Scarlett but we shouldn’t ignore her because sometimes we are her. 

“Fiddle-dee-dee! We say when we don’t like something. Oh, we might not have used the actual words, but we express the same meaning by dismissing thoughts or happenings that we don’t like.

Ignoring the things, we don’t like, won’t get us anywhere. They are still present. A mouse in your house? Just try pretending that he isn’t in your bread box, frightening your Granny or nibbling your electrical wiring. It’s not possible.

Suppose we hate world events? They won’t go away because we ignore them. Instead, they bounce up in other ways, like the amount of our bank’s interest or our child locked out of school because of a strike.

Fiddle-Dee-Dee we might say but action on our part is always required. We cannot be fence sitters our whole life. We can’t fiddle-dee-dee God either. He’s an all or nothing kind of God.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

(Matthew 12:30, NIV)

 “This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.

(Matthew 12:30, MSG)

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