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CLARITY – 9-20-18 The Responsibility of Stewardship

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-20-18

The Responsibility of Stewardship

 

What’s Happening:  “Calls came for charges of attempted murder by Ann Coulter (and others) for leaving dogs caged to drown by rising flood waters, the aftermath of hurricane Florence (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/ann-coulter-calls-attempted-murder-charges-video-shows-6-dogs-left-drown-nc/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune). Reporter Marcus DiPaola tweeted: ‘Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising.We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!’ Although he didn’t actually make the rescue, he did film it all.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They’re just dogs. What’s the big deal?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Spoken like a true NON-STEWARD! There is a hierarchy of value that should have (and does) place humans above animals, but pet ownership comes with certain responsibilities. Anybody who can’t treat pets with the dignity and care they deserve should not own. Animals are totally dependent on the actions (or inactions) of their owners. Pets should NEVER be left to starve or drown and there are laws (cruelty to animals) that can and should be enforced.”

 

Christians? We were given stewardship of all of creation by God (Gen. 2:15); it was our first job. That we have given over that job to the devil does not abrogate our culpability in the matter. Otherwise, we might be lumped in with those evil stewards the Lord talks about (Matt. 33-41).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us the compassion of the greater-over-the-weaker that You obviously demonstrated by Your death for us: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 9-12-18 Failure to Thrive

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-12-18

Failure to Thrive

 

What’s Happening:  “A recent survey of Millennials (ages 25-34) found that over 26% are still living at home, up from just over 15% in 2000, according to the National Association of Home Builders. It could be that the sharp rise in the average price of a home is to blame…or not (https://www.yahoo.com/news/daily-digit-millennials-still-living-parents-161712228.html). Quoting from one reaction: ‘Millennials prefer the freedom to work only on things that are of interest, then skip out if there is any stress or conflict in the job environment. Their preference for work “gigs” does not allow for the responsibility of home ownership. While past generations learned to cope and even grow in such social work environments, Millennials take the first exit and prefer to play/communicate (read ‘gaming’) in a controllable electronic environment instead..’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s wrong with gaming? It seems harmless enough…”

 

Biblical Response:  “Seems that way…of course, who wouldn’t prefer an artificial reality to having to face the real world? Maybe that’s why there seems to be an uptick in violence, too (many games depict violence the average person would never even contemplate).”

 

“Christians? We are called to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4), not to ‘free-range’ parent. Some discipline may be required (Prov. 13:4), and no discipline seems pleasant at the moment (Heb. 12:11). Still, we may have to say, ‘This is going to hurt me more than you’…as unbelievable as it may seem to kids. ”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be wise in our child-rearing, knowing that it may cost in the short-term…but we don’t need to handicap them in the long-term just because we, ourselves, are lazy; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent