Jan. 21, 2018

The word is, “grandfathered…”

And it happens all the time.

Things change. Improvements are needed. Whether we are discussing personal lives, spiritual lives, economic lives, or business practices – change moves things forward. We may not like it, but change is inevitable.

I am surprised that someone who ran a campaign on their business expertise hasn’t caught on to a very common business practice called, “grandfathering.” Hmmmmm….

My husband’s aunt became a nurse in the 1950’s. Back then, college wasn’t a nursing requirement. The type of things a nurse did for patients were very limited. A nurse in the 1950’s was the equivalent to todays Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Regardless, when Aunt Faye was told that nurses needed a college degree, the hospital that employed her didn’t fire her. They also didn’t send her back to school since she was in her 60’s and widowed. They simply told her she would be “grandfathered,” but the college degree was required for all new nurses. From that point forward, anyone who wanted to be a nurse had to go through a rigorous process. Aunt Faye did not lose her livelihood or experience a major life upset because the state had a new way of looking at things.

The same is true in many, many jobs across America. What people once did after graduating from high school now requires more preparation. A chemical plant didn’t fire a bunch of operators when more stringent requirements were put in place. They simply “grandfathered” the existing operators. Anyone hired past a certain point, however, had specified prerequisites for employment that went beyond a high school diploma.

Duh AND Hmmmmm….

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8

I suspect we all need to decide if we are Christians who live in America or we are Americans who claim to be Christians. There is a difference.