For how long must you leave a beautiful garden abandoned before it reverts to jungle? One summer will show the deterioration well under way and within five years it will be hard to discern that any manicured garden was ever tended there.
For how long must you leave a bustling city abandoned before it becomes overgrown ruins? The Scientific American calculated that within four hundred years the buildings and bridges will fall, the tunnels and subways will collapse and from the air it will be virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding jungle.
Ancient Jewish wisdom teaches that we need to be waging a constant battle in order to maintain standards. Consider these two Biblical discussions regarding the soldier.
In one place we read a sad account of a soldier, after the battle is over, desiring a woman from the enemy camp. And God says, “Well, I kind of understand you want her, so here’s how you should proceed”.