Monthly Archives: February 2018

Incalculable Investment Returns

When you consider your gift to be too small, when you feel your service is nothing at all, remember the widow and her two little coins. Jesus said that she put more into the temple treasury than all the ostentatious givers of “megabucks” (Mark 12:43,44; Luke 21:3,4). Was Christ arithmetically challenged? Did He not realize that so much more could be done for good with two thousand or even two hundred dollars than with two pennies?

No, He is the One Who said there will be a reward for the person who simply gives a cup of cold water (Matthew 10:42, Mark 9:41). The God Who can multiply loaves and fish looks on the heart. The widow’s pure motive and self denying love rendered the value of her pittance vastly greater than that of large sums given only for wretched self display.

And as it is with our money, so with all our abilities, talents, and intangible resources. How astonished must that little boy have been! After he gave up five loaves and two fish which Jesus miraculously used to feed five thousand, twelve baskets of leftovers remained! (See John 6:9-13)

Like that of the widow and her pennies, the divine testimony to that lad and his lunch has been proclaimed for two thousand years, giving exemplary wisdom for millions to imitate. Who can quantify what those two humble, ordinary people accomplished by their simple deeds of kindness? Who can measure the value of what you will do in wise imitation of them? What can almighty power accomplish with your small gift and your seemingly insignificant service?

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Yes, we do need help from government…

What, you exclaim?! Has Graham lost his mind or caved to group think, you ask! No, he is just reflecting on the simple and sure foundation of all good government. Here it is:

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)

Parents are the original, God ordained “governing officials” of the human race. Dads wielding authority with love and wisdom as heads of their households instill character in their children. The loving, nurturing Moms at their sides rule the world by gently rocking cradles containing the future. Don’t like that affirmation of distinct male and female roles and characteristics? Tough. Retreat to your safe space or cogently present your rebuttal.

When parents are derelict or removed by tragedy it’s sad enough; thankfully in many such cases grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and others take their place. In this fallen world, even the best of societies will have children who suffer by having no one in loco parentis. Ultimately, human sin is to blame for all the evil in the world.

But what happens when a society obliterates the countenances of a Mom and a Dad diligently invested in their children? What happens when in their stead faceless, uncaring bureaucratic programs foster the normalcy of unwed women begetting welfare babies? What happens when the sires of those babies are better “equipped’ to be dead beat experts in abandonment? What is the result when a society dabbles in social engineering, with monumental hubris and blind conceit imagining that Moms and Dads can be marginalized or replaced?

The answers are all too evident in the chaos and moral turpitude now rampant in state run schools and elsewhere. Apart from forsaking this folly and returning to strong parental government, our national descent into miserable barbarism will only accelerate.

What do the recent spate of school shooters have in common? They are fatherless.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3)

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Sanctuary Supermarket

Think about those green, rectangular pieces of paper carried about in wallets and purses by Americans. Called greenbacks, moo-la, etc., these bills once were certificates representing ownership of a certain weight of precious metals. Now they are federal reserve notes, supposedly representing “the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government.”

Debating the abandonment of the gold standard which occurred under the Nixon administration is beyond this writer’s present purpose. That purpose is to point out that singles, fives, tens, twenties, and “C-notes” are DOCUMENTS, and to present the following hypothetical scenario.

Picture yourself in a busy food store. The once innovative but now common self checkout area is packed, so you go human; you wind up third place in a line, waiting for another person to scan and bag your groceries…

CASHIER – Thanks for shopping with us today. Your total is $21.47.

FIRST CUSTOMER – Bummer, I just realized that left my money at home!

CASHIER – No problem, we accept credit cards.

FIRST CUSTOMER – Those are home in my wallet also.

CASHIER, uneasily – Well, if you have your driver’s license we can accept your personal check.

FIRST CUSTOMER – I don’t have any checks either. But look, we are acquainted and you’ve seen me shopping here many times before. You know I’m a law abiding, tax paying American citizen and military veteran, can you trust me to return shortly to pay this small amount?

At this point while you, the person in front of you, and the few that have gathered behind you wait, the cashier calls the manager over. A heated discussion follows. The customer departs in frustration, another store worker is given the task of restocking his would be purchase, and the cashier begins the transaction of the person just in front of you…

CASHIER – Thanks for shopping with us today. Your total is $156.89

SECOND CUSTOMER – I don’t have any bills, credit cards, or checks either.

CASHIER, exasperated – Oh no, here we go again! I’ll call my manager.

SECOND CUSTOMER, smiling – Wait! Greenbacks, credit cards, and checks are all monetary documents, right?

CASHIER – Yes, that’s correct, but what’s your point?

SECOND CUSTOMER, smiling more broadly – Well, I’m just an UNDOCUMENTED purchaser! Why should I be treated differently from a documented purchaser? After all, we’re all human, documents are just pieces of paper or plastic. A privileged person like you should be more compassionate. Things are difficult in my home country, and at great risk I sneaked across the border into yours.

CASHIER, embarrassed – Of course you are right sir. I am ashamed that I behaved in such a hateful, racist, and xenophobic manner by insinuating that you should produce monetary documentation in order to take these goods out of the store. Even though you are a complete stranger to me personally and have entered my native country illegally, you are of course entitled to the benefit of these bags of groceries without question. We are a sanctuary supermarket. Go in peace.

YOU – hopefully get the point.

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