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The Little Foxes - Darrell - 08-15-2011

<a href="http://www.stufffundieslike.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/little-foxes-card.jpg"><img src="http://www.stufffundieslike.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/little-foxes-card.jpg" alt="" title="This image is from the classic 1941 film The Little Foxes which stars Bette Davis and is probably more worth your time to watch than any number of fundy sermons on this verse." width="400" height="300" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-6326" /></a>

Like most spiritual ideas in fundyland, the Little Foxes Theory begins by yanking a couple of verse from the surrounding passage and doing them no small amount of violence. Apparently the best way to understand this bit of Scripture is that in the middle of writing out some spicy love poetry, the author suddenly takes a break to write a brief essay on why little sins like not tucking in your shirt lead to bigger ones like not wearing a shirt at all. It certainly makes perfect sense that right after penning the words "let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely" that the time is ripe for a bit of moralistic guilt-tripping.

Watever its questionable exegetical roots, there is no question that the "little foxes" concept has taken firm root in fundyland and then grown into quite a warped and twisted shape. For the way this principle is often taught is that as long as one takes care to obsess over the minutia of life then the larger sins will never even be a temptation. If you dress right, listen to the right music, never say "golly," or watch The Simpsons on TV then there's almost no chance at all of you smoking pot or getting your girlfriend pregnant. Almost.

This idea of keeping the little things in order to thwart the larger sins also informs the sermon habits of many fundyland pastors who honestly believe that as long as they are keeping kids from running in the hallways and keeping their parents from reading the NIV that they have nothing to fear from the sins of lust, and greed, and pride. It's a very tidy notion that is not at all bothered by its complete disconnection from reality.

The real tragedy here is that oftentimes people in fundyland are led to believe that if they cannot "win" over the temptation to listen to rock n' roll or wear more than one earring per ear that they might as well give up and live a life of debauchery. After all, what's the difference? The little foxes are going to get you. It's only a matter of time.

It's just like Solomon says in the very next verse: "My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies." I know it sounds a lot like more love poetry but I'm sure that is somehow related to the topic at hand. You just have to know how to look.


RE: The Little Foxes - B-Ray - 05-07-2012

im sure you heard by many preachers about the importance of being faithful over a "FEW THINGS." and if you aint, well...


RE: The Little Foxes - Bob M - 05-07-2012

But in reality the opposite is true. If you spend your time learning to love Jesus and hope in God and knowing the power of his resurrection and share in his sufferings and become like him in his death, you will probably not have as much trouble running in the halls or not tucking in your shirt or using the NIV.

Is that how it really works?


RE: The Little Foxes - redhot - 05-07-2012

My brother went to PCC and when he got (I think) 50 demerits, my parents got a "little foxes" letter saying something along the lines of, "you need to address the little things before they become big things." My brother posted it on his bulletin board, and promptly received demerits for making fun of the letter. He eventually left and joined the Marines lol


RE: The Little Foxes - Elijah Craig - 05-08-2012

I think I got that letter five times in four years. Fortunately the last time I received it was my last semester, so I didn't have to sit out.

I think I accumulated something like 850 demerits during my time in the cult compound. And the worst thing I ever did was allow someone to borrow my card to scan out. Most of my D's were for room job or late to class or absent from class, stupid stuff like that. I took 50 D's once for going to the dentist without a pass. My back side of my tooth fell off and I had it taken care of at the earliest opportunity.

I didn't even really do the "stay up after lights out" and study thing. Then again, I lived on Geritol for the last 2 1/2 years so it wasn't an issue then.


RE: The Little Foxes - B-Ray - 05-08-2012

i believe that if you Make much of Jesus, everything else will fall in place and you wont have to go to some effort to make it happen. And chances are, the fruit aint gonna be a tucked in shirt or what ever else THEY think is Godly, but people in general will see God in you. Ive been totally not trying at times to appear like a christian, not because i didnt care but because i was just me, and people will say things like, i really look up to you, or you got something a lot of people dont got. It blows my mind, because i didn't even realize that God was shining through. I thought myself to be wretched. Confused