“Try It”

“Try it, you’ll like it.” “If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it.” During the 1960s one would often hear such advice. It usually came from the generation which also espoused their peers to “drop out” of the establishment and turn on to LSD and other drugs. Many heard the cry and headed for San Francisco to become “Flower Children”. Some were sincere and were truly looking for peace and love. Many, however, were looking for freedom from responsibility and hard work. Some of this resonated to me and my friend. So we left a brutal construction job for the thrill of working in my grandpa’s orchard in Washington State. Bad mistake, I gave up a headache for an upset stomach. We soon returned to stark raving reality. A great number of youth of that time fell victims to evil gurus who asked them to steal and even kill (see Charles Manson) to maintain that life style. Many ended up living in filth and caught contagious diseases. Others had to beg for food and other necessities. Most, sooner or later, understood the Biblical admonition, “…if a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (2 Th 3:10) They tried the life style and didn’t like it. They tried the life style and did knock it. They returned to the establishment and became productive adults.

Those who were sincerely searching for the gentle and harmless life style were probably searching for, “…compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love with which to clothe themselves.” (Col 3:12-13) The problem was, and still is, “…a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his (own) steps.” (Jer 10:23) (Pr 20:24) God wants us to find true joy in responsibility and to bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2) not tune out in a fog of drug induced “self-realization.”

Even today multitudes of people reject God’s way and listen to the devil’s call to put self above all else. They usually don’t reject all responsibility, but their focus of “my way and my will” trumps everything else. Perhaps we still have lots of “closet hippies?” Christ
came to save sinners (Jo 3:16) and did it through self-sacrifice. Try it, you’ll like it.”

—Jim Bailey