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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Persuasion (not about the book) (09/01/11)

TITLE: Boiling frogs
By Graham Starling


If you put a frog in a pan of water and heat it up quickly, then itíll jump out. If you put it in a pan of water and heat it up slowly enough, itíll sit quietly by until it overheats and dies, completely unaware that itís in any danger.

Itís an experiment that was conducted quite a few times in the nineteenth century. There are a number of scientists today who refute the truth of it, but maybe theyíre boiling their frogs too quickly.

As a metaphor, it does well to describe how slow change is accepted far more readily than swift change.

Some years ago in the UK, the petrol companies put their prices up by about ten per cent overnight. There was public outcry, the newspapers railed about the injustice of it all, the haulage firms more or less went on strike because of the very sudden increase the change was going to make to their overheads. Panic buying hit the shops as an overexcited media told the general public that normal deliveries would not be made to the supermarkets. Shelves emptied of bread, cereal, milk, all the staple foods.

Within a week, it was over. The petrol companies backed down and withdrew the price increase. Lorries were back on the road and the supermarket shelves filled up again leaving the man panic buyers with freezers full of bread and milk, cupboards full of cereal, feeling just a little foolish.

Over the next three months, petrol prices went up five times. Only a few pence at a time, but by the end of those three months, the price was higher than it had been after the crisis. No-one batted an eyelid. No-one said a word. The frog was boiled.

In the media today, there are signs that the heat is being turned on. Comedy shows regularly make fun of the church, of God, of Christ. Small jokes of the sort that wouldnít offend, but theyíre getting worse.

In programs about science, the church is portrayed as an obstacle to progress, and I guess we have to accept that there are times, even today, when that is the case. Popular theories such as the Big Bang and Evolution are presented as fact. They are strong theories, it has to be said, but they are still incomplete, flawed, unproven.

In science fiction shows, religion, especially Christianity, are referenced as relics of the past, crutches to a time of ignorance when we werenít enlightened enough to understand the human condition or the universe around us.

Itís subtle, subliminal, sneaking into our minds without us noticing. The thin end of the wedge is in the crack and digging deeper with every gentle tap of the hammer. Things are heating up, and hereís hoping weíre not so cold blooded as to let it happen without reacting.

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C D Swanson 09/09/11
Compelling thoughts and theories in this story. It will be getting more controversial in the end times, which we are in, hopefully people will wake up. I enjoyed this. Nice job. God Bless~
marcella franseen09/09/11
Some really great points. How important it is for God's people to be wise and discerning, which can only come from spending time in His presence.
Francy Judge 09/10/11
A well-written article that I could see reading in a Christian magazine. I like how you used the metaphor throughout and summed up your points in the end.
Linda Goergen09/12/11
Excellent, excellent article that is so true!! More and more and more what the bible tells us is unacceptable to God, is slowly being accepted, even in the churches and in many Christian homes. Satan certainly knows how to boil a frog and too many Christians are becoming too comfortable in the lukewarm pot of false teachings that flood us today! Great job on this and an article Iíd like to see distributed and read beyond this writing challenge!