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Pete and His Brother
Isaiah 1:4

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Pete and His Brother

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” (Isaiah 1:4)

In the spring of 1959, my brother Joe and I were in junior high school; he was in the eighth grade and I was in the seventh. As typical brothers, we fought about almost everything, with me always losing. Joe and I had both signed up for, and sometimes even attended the weekly on-campus meetings of the student group, Youth for Christ. In those days, public schools were not faced with the difficulty of maintaining the separation of church and state as they are today, but that’s another story. The Youth for Christ club president was a young man by the name of David Alexander, who was a very devout Christian. In the afternoons I was with him at the club meetings… I found him to be one of the nicest people I had ever met.

One spring morning, while Joe and I were out on the baseball field during gym class, we were arguing about something and the argument became heated. Just as we were about to throw blows (well, to be correct, that would be Joe throwing and me catching), David Alexander appeared almost out of nowhere. He approached the two of us and extended an arm between us. He then said these few words that have remained with me for nearly fifty years, “Please don’t hit my friend.” Joe and I both turned to him and angrily asked basically the same question, “Who are you talking to??” David looked at the two of us and softly replied, “Both of you.” We looked at this young man and could see in his eyes a real concern and a very settling, almost Christ-like appearance. At that moment we both lowered our arms and simply walked away from the area.

Now, I’m not going to say that this experience had a life-changing effect on either of us, and yes, we still continued to fight after that day... but I know that young man’s action certainly had an effect on me, the proof being that I remember it so vividly after all these years. Whenever I think of that morning, I visualize David Alexander standing there wearing sandals, a beard and a flowing robe instead of gym shorts and a pair of sneakers.

Isaiah 1:4 shows us the problem: Our world, as reflected in our young people, has "forsaken the Lord."  Jesus Himself gave us the solution to our problem, when He said, "Come unto Me" (Matthew 11:28).

Pete Badame.

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