Read the first dozen Psalms. The writers lament (or as we say, complain) to God about their world. Laments have a place.
However, complaints ring hollow when we grumble about troubles within our control. Let me point to some common complaints that may be within our control:
- Everybody seems to cheat or lie.
- In Christian education we train students to be honest.
- Immorality and lewdness seem to be everywhere.
- In Christian education we treasure modesty and purity.
- Organizations that sell the bodies of aborted babies.
- In Christian education we teach students to value life.
- The Supreme Court wants to redefine society’s core institutions.
- In Christian education we still use the Bible as a dictionary
All of that to say, that there’s never been a greater need for institutions such as Ohio Valley University—schools that champion the Christian worldview. I hear people complain about the direction of the culture. Prayers in church lament that things are not the way they used to be. Folks I know point fingers at state lawmakers as the cause of the moral emptiness. We lament too, but those complaints move us to action.