“Command and teach these things” 1 Timothy 4:11.
We are to train ourselves to be godly as godliness has value in this present life and the life to come. We labor and strive with hope in the living God as our motivation to flee from our sinful lives to take hold of the promise of eternal life that God has given us and declared with an oath. So, now it is time to break this down into specific behaviors. Speaking to the young evangelist first but to us by extension, we are to “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” We must also “devote” ourselves “to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” We must not, and this is perhaps the most challenging—not neglect our gifts. If benevolence, edification, and evangelism are our core values, to not live these instructions out is to sin by omission. James 4:17 says, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” To not set an example is to not show edification. To not be devoted to reading, preaching, and teaching is to not show evangelism. And, to neglect our gifts to not serve others is to not show benevolence.
Are you living out our core values?
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I don’t know if you’ve heard the news (as of right now, the video on YouTube already has over 5 1/2 million views), but a very sad, bad and unfortunate situation played out over the weekend when a very young child fell into a lowland gorilla exhibit at a Cincinnati zoo. The boy’s encounter with the gorilla ultimately resulted in the gorilla being shot and killed, and the boy having to go to the hospital for, what some media outlets were calling, “non-life-threatening” injuries. And as of this morning, according to the stories of outrage now being directed toward the zoo and the parents, it seems as if another result of the situation will be that the family of this young child will have to go into protective custody!
The following are “some” of the “profanity-free” comments that can be read on YouTube. Now I want to say that I have no doubt that some of these “comments” are only being made because of the brashness, “boldness”, “bravery” and desire for attention that oft describes many comments made on websites. But that fact withstanding, I believe that some of the comments come from their maker’s heart and that they reflect a growing warped mindset concerning the western culture’s view of human life versus animal life. Look at what I mean:
- The employee who killed the gorilla should be fired and sent to prison.
- They should have let the gorilla kill the kid. There are around 200 left of them on the entire planet and nearly 7 billion people. We’re a disgusting species that ruined our natural ecosystem. Now we keep animals in cages for our entertainment. Shame on all of us.
- They should’ve shot the child instead of the gorilla
- Hmm there’s only a handful of gorillas in the world left. There’s millions of little boys, this should speak for itself.
- Gorillas are endangered kids are not I think we know who should’ve been shot.
- I still can’t believe the gorilla had to die over protection of a 3yr old
- They shot an innocent, beautiful Silverback because of a BAD mother, how disgusting
- If someone forced me out of my natural habitat to entertain people and these entertained people managed to fall… i would have done worse than this gorilla.
On and on the comments go. Now we see the mindset that leads to millions of government tax dollars going to child-aborting-production-line companies such as “Planned Parenthood” while “adults” elsewhere chain themselves to trees and freely give millions of dollars to companies that fight for animal lives. Now we see the mindset that leads to more tears being shed over the thought of an animal losing its life than the rivers of human blood that flows down America’s sewers because of “liberty”. Now we see the mindset that leads to legal action being taken against people who reveal the flippant attitude that Murder Inc. bosses have toward the dead body of a human fetus while the people who release footage of animals being killed on food-farms are lauded as heroes. Now we see the mindset that causes a sad situation to become something that reveals an even sadder mindset.
Is there room for discussion about vigilant parenting when it comes to this situation? No doubt. But I believe that there is now more room for discussion about the mindset that calls for “vigilante” justice because the life of a child was protected by taking the life of an animal.
“Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?” (Matthew 6:26 – NET)
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What is precious to you? Our eternal destiny will be determined to a large extent by what we consider to be precious. A lesson from God’s word on things that are truly precious has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch.
May the Lord bless you.
Intruders broke into a department store one night and mixed up the price tags on much of the merchandise. Undetected, the store opened the next day for business as usual. Customers found some expensive items with laughably low prices and cheap goods with outrageously high prices. It was nearly four hours into the day before they discovered the truth. Well, the same thing has happened in the modern world. Satan broke in when no one was watching and swapped all the price tags. In our generation cheap goods command top dollar while the truly valuable things are treated like dirt. You ask: how so? Why is it a man who hits home runs counts his salary by millions while teachers who shape and mold the minds of our children go begging? Why is it you can be thrown in jail for killing an unhatched baby eagle but the government funds the killing of unborn baby boys and girls? Why is it America prides itself on its work ethic, then pays able-bodied people to dawdle idly? This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess
Is there any sense to our values? We count sacred the life of the snail darter, baby seals, and the whooping crane, yet we legalize and even subsidize the slaughtering of innocent unborn babies. We endorse a 55-MPH speed limit on our highways because it saves lives, yet we guarantee the rights to make, sell, and consume alcohol which accounts for over 50% of all highway deaths. We work hard to clean up the air we breathe and water we drink, yet allow movies, television, and magazines to pollute our minds and destroy our morals. Prayer is legally eliminated from our schools, but atheists and skeptics are allowed to spread their ideologies that destroy our freedoms and are made professors at our universities to brainwash our children and we are taxed to pay their salaries. Is there any sense to it all? There is no sense whatsoever, unless it is nonsense! This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess
“What children’s book should every child read?” Not sure I can limit it to just one. Two that immediately come to mind are “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Little Red Hen”. The values they teach about being honest and having a good work ethic are sorely needed. Unfortunately these two books seem very passe these days. I don’t see them in the children’s book section. Perhaps that is one reason why our society has problems with a lack of values in these areas.
As if we needed another example of the decaying morals in our society,
Suggestive NJ billboard of jeans ad to come down
Mayor Cory A. Booker … framed it as part of a general decline in standards.
“It’s an issue of what are community standards and why are we consistently condoning language, images and other things that erode those standards,” he said. “This billboard is not the only thing that we should be concerned with. It’s a symptom of a deeper problem that we have to confront within our communities.”
Yes, it is symptomatic of a deeper problem: we, as a society, have shut God out of our communities, our schools, our homes, and our individual lives. So why are we really surprised that the very values and morals that God has given us to abide by are no longer a part of our lives?
At least there is some hope here. Someone in this community found this offensive. That’s a start.