Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” (Matthew 11:25–26, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – It’s funny, some of the things you remember from your childhood.  On Sunday afternoons, a local (Chicago) television station alternated airing old detective movie series that we always watched as a family.  One week it would be an old Charlie Chan movie (starring either Warner Oland or Sidney Toler — neither were Chinese), the next week an old Sherlock Holmes movie (starring Basil Rathbone –he really was an Englishman).  Charlie Chan always had his clever Chinese proverbs.  And, without fail, upon solving the crime, Sherlock Holmes would say to an astonished Dr. Watson (played by Nigel Bruce), “elementary, my dear Watson.”  Interestingly enough, a quote from the movies but not from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

Funny, isn’t it?  How so many of the the “wise and learned” fail to grasp something so “elementary” (straightforward and uncomplicated) as the Gospel, while those with simple child-like faith just “get it.”  The world has invented many so-called alternative paths to God that are complicated or require extraordinary effort to accomplish.  Following many paths that lead to destruction, while turning their backs on the one path that leads to life.  To quote one of Charlie Chan’s proverbs, “destination never reached by turning back on same.” (Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo).

My Advice – Don’t be so wise and learned that you ignore the elementary and never reach the right destination.  If you turn your “back on same,” do not be astonished that you never get there.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

4 thoughts on “Elementary”

  1. A brilliant intertwining of two old detectives and their sayings, Steve! I too was raised in the Chicago area, but don’t remember those Sunday afternoon programs. Chances are they weren’t running those old movies when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s. They started later! But maybe you remember Garfield Goose?!


    1. I do remember Garfield Goose. I am 67. The programs I mention ran around noon or 1:00 p.m. Before Frazier Thomas (later on Roy Leonard) and Family Classics later in the day. I thought it was WGN I watched them on, but we live between Chicago and Rockford, so it may have been a Rockford station.


      1. We rarely got home from church before 12:30, so even if that program was on WGN, we wouldn’t have been watching TV at that time. / Just a fun FYI: the first puppeteer to do Garfield Goose went to our church: Bruce Newton.


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