Gopherwood, Anyone?

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Dec 18, 2009 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

Gopherwood, Anyone?

Abraham Kuyper once said, “Culture is religion externalized.” The Bible is God’s Word, but Western Civilization has been permeated with Christian influence for nearly 2,000 years, and Biblical allusions and metaphors have become part of our language and our frame of reference.

That is, until recently. The “Boomer” generation did not think it necessary to teach the Bible to its children, and succeeding generations are growing up increasingly Biblically illiterate.

This came home to me a couple of days ago. Alabama has been drenched with rain the past several days, and while I was shopping in a store, one clerk said to another that a man had come into the store and, when asked about the weather, he said “If this keeps up I’m going to have to buy some gopherwood.” The clerks seemed puzzled as to what he meant.

Preceding generations would have understood his meaning immediately. For those who still don’t get it, turn to Genesis 6 (http://www NULL.biblegateway NULL.com/passage/?search=genesis%206&version=KJV), and focus upon 6:14.

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  1. James E. Reeves says:

    This is a recurring theme in our land because of more government and less godliness in our institutions of higher learning.
    Ask someone what A.D & B.C. means to them and if they know our public school systems have replaced that with c.e. (common era) calling Jesus a commoner?
    I bet over 90 % of the people you ask will not know.

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