Choices

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Right Left Neither: What GOD Says

Yes we live in a worlds dominated and complicated by humans.  Now that many people are educated, living in urban areas and affected greatly by politics there is a need to help keep ideas and policies understandable. Since not all people are able to digest subtle differences in these issues a number of devices have emerged to attempt to help them. The terms “right” and “left” represent a package of ideas that summarize what each faction believes in and what their agendas are.  If you (like me) try to sort through the information and make a choice based on who seems the most capable leader you probably discovered it take a lot of work.  And, we must compromise and make the best choice we can because it is rare that any candidate represents our beliefs in their entirety.  It seems to have worked reasonably well here in the United States up until now but, in these current times we must wade through much disinformation and often there are questions of trust as well.

 

 

 

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The complex situation tempts us to take the easy way and just latch on to the political faction we like because, we like the leadership, it is a family tradition or we do not want to dig deeper into the implications nor the consequences if these people gain power.

Hot Cold Tepid: What God Says

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Passion on the Right

 

 

 

 

 

GOD can help us if we are actively seeking spiritual guidance.  It is best to believe in a position and express this with passion.  Right or wrong your passion will teach you what the truth is.  Disengaging, ignoring things or just giving a superficial treatment does nothing for protecting right and opposing wrong.

Believer Agnostic Atheist: What God Says

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Toil and Work

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Why Toil and Work is Part of Life

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Toil is work but work doesn’t have to be toil. When Adam and Eve were living in the Garden of eden GOD told them to care for it – probably for them it was not work but joy.

Genesis 2:15 ESV

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Soon Adam needed a helper and GOD created Eve for him.

Genesis 2:18,21,22 (ESV)

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.”. . .

. . .  21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[d]into a woman and brought her to the man. . . . 

Nearly everyone knows eventually Satan disguised as a serpent tempted them and the disobeyed GOD and sinned and then ejected from The Garden of Eden: one of the consequences was humans would have to earn their keep through work and toil.

 

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

Adam and Eve: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Adam and Eve Hide Themselves” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 13, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6bee0690-2efe-0133-cbda-58d385a7b928

 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

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 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Like many things in this world people can either make the most out of a situation or succumb to it by making reality harsh by magnifying the negative side:

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People can chose to seek GOD’s will for them and thus discover a vocation well suited for who they are. This is a gift from GOD for an obedient and respectful life.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV 

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Work yes, in the proper measure to provide and be productive but, not in excess in order to gain worldly treasure at your spiritual expense.

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Like any aspect of this world humans can succumb to excesses: in desires, substance abuse, material gain, wealth and even live a life completely consumed by work in order to fulfill their perversion  of a balance mental condition and reality.  Yes, even a good thing like diligent work can become a negative distortion in our lives.

Psalm 127:2 ESV

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

 

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When Smart People do Foolish Things

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There are different forms of being smart

There have been depictions of the scientist who cannot change a flat tire or cook an egg in cinema or theater.

Professor: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Kriegsbeschädigten-Fürsorge. Professor Dr. Höftmann vom Hindenburghaus in Königsberg mit einem Kriegsbeschädigten, der Messer und Gabel hält und damit bequem essen kahn.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-01c9-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Then in a few extreme cases an individual who can tell you what the weather was like at 9 am on a day forty years ago but may need help  making everyday  choices. These are not the examples I am referring to in this article, instead, evoke things like this: what if a star quarterback threw an interception in a big game,

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or a very successful investor choosing an obviously dubious product to back, or a

Invention Too: Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. “Patent steam carriage, by Mr. Goldsworthy Gurney, of Argyle Street, London, 1826” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c3f3864f-e4f4-2b9d-e040-e00a1806642b

heroic general sending the army into a winless battle.

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Ok, these easily fit the theme yet there is a more universal aspect that applies to many more people: leaders, authorities, you or even me.

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We all should at times know better before we make a poor choice.
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The Bible has examples and explains why, if only we would just take time to read it and digest the information.

 

 Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:15 ESV

And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.”

1 Kings 11:1-4 ESV

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

2 Samuel 11:1-27 ESV

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” …

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It All Begins with You

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Many People Criticize the Way Life Is

Are you among the people who find fault in the way we are living? In your town, State, country,  . . . even the world?  A serious impediment for positive change lies within ourselves: we can be ignorant of an issue, blinded by our preference or stubborn in not accepting evidence.  No, right now I am not going to heap on more excuses, complaints nor criticisms of what people believe or do; instead I will point out a way to circumvent points of contention by making a simple suggestion: do something positive that makes contemporary life better.

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All of us can contribute to positive change.

Recently I watched television segments of several newscasts the ended their broadcast on a positive note; the most significant stories were about how children recognized a problem and did something to help others who were in need.

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Collecting, donations, items to send to needy people and similar actions.  The amazing thing? These children did this completely on their own (at least when they originated the action(s)).  I felt awkward and perhaps you may have also knowing, that a child rose to an occasion when a need was identified and apparently the need was missed or ignored by adults.

Jesus said the needy will always be with us (my paraphrase).

Matthew 26:11 ESV

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Mrs. Sophie Rudd, a widow who lives by herself on forty acres of land near Black River Falls, Wisconsin” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 30, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/78692a20-2289-0132-286b-58d385a7bbd0
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Crippled miner, Westmoreland, County, Pennsylvania” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 30, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/1c7d2be0-da36-0132-1d61-58d385a7bbd0

Long ago GOD instructed people on ways to help others:

Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Charity bazaar St. Vincent infant asylum.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 30, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-94bb-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Charity” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 30, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/fea64780-63d4-0133-b01b-00505686d14e

Proverbs 19:17 ESV

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 20:11 ESV

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

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