There’s a new breed of legalism infecting society. It’s not your grandpa’s legalism. No, no. It’s much worse.
This ditty from the 1940s and 50s epitomizes grandpa’s legalism: “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t chew, and I don’t associate with those who do.” Grandpa’s legalism was judgmental and hypocritical. Children chafed at the rules. But this legalism peacefully coexisted with outsiders who didn’t share its values.
Today’s legalism is not a live and let live legalism. It is venomous. It refuses to coexist with those who do not share its beliefs. It sues those who choose not to celebrate what it values!
Children read the culture. How can families work through differences and disagreements in a culture that models bullying?
From the album “Silly or Celebratory – Songs for Sara Lily” this video is scrolling playback of the song.
Click here for Buzz Thompson’s song about grandpa’s legalism.
Print (PDF) sheet music is available for Make This House Our Home.
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