Titus 3:9-14

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Boomerang Bang


But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless ... . Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Titus 3:9,14

If you use a boomerang correctly, it will likely kill you. That is exactly what happened to me the first time I tried a boomerang. At first, I wasted about 30 minutes throwing the boomerang and then chasing it down to where it landed. Then I finally read the instructions. With renewed energy, and a completely baseless optimism, I threw it as hard as I could with a good, quick flick at the end. It was a beautiful sight. It soared like a dizzy bird up to about forty feet, then boomeranged back and leveled off at about 60 mph five feet above the ground—right about my throat level. You've probably never seen an old guy hit the deck so fast. The deadly dervish stabbed into the ground about thirty feet past me. It was then I realized I had to take the laws of physics more seriously.

The archaeological evidence for biblical boomerangs is sketchy. But Paul could have been thinking about them when he warned us of foolish controversies, arguments, and quarrels. It's easy, at least for me, to throw out an argument or sharp statement but forget they can come back to harm relationships. And just like my homicidal boomerang, they can't be stopped once they are released. The only instructions that come with a reliable guarantee are those found in Scripture. It's these instructions that are designed to help us remember we are to be people of good conduct, watch our mouths, and to live productive lives. Paul said, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness” (James 3:9).

By James Gunther