Are We Our Brother’s Keeper?

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So many ideas, so many things happening, so many different directions to approach and, yet, so little time to decide betwixt the bunch!

First we have all of the shootings and acts of blatant idiocy and horror.

Then you have all acts of stupidity and acting that they are ALL shrouded in racism and white supremacy.

SCOTUS-2013And now you have opposing decisions from the SCOTUS (i.e., the ACA decision on the 24th and the Gay marriage issue decision on the 26th. Both decisions made with comments made by Chief Justice Roberts. The ACA decision which he promoted, but despite his decision as the majority was a bad one with respect to the constitution; on the other hand, Chief Justice Roberts was a dissenting opinion however the decision was a good one with respect to the constitution, but Roberts opinion was in direct opposition to his opinion in the Burwell case (ACA).

With all of the above things happening, you are forced to answer two very important questions: 1. Are we our brother’s keeper? And, 2. Have we as America followed the path of the Godless nations which God had laid a heavy judgment upon?

Quite honestly, I would have to say Yes and Yes!

my-brothers-keeperWe are our brother’s keepers, but not in a babysitting sense of the meaning. However, we are in the sense of guidance (with respect to the younger generation) and in the sense of friendly nudges and information (with respect to our peers and our older generation.) Our younger generation and our peers are the worst with respect to history and memory of such.  As with anything else in our lives this act will spur on arguments and disagreements, but must be done.  Unfortunately, this also entails the speck1problem that we all have committed sin and are not worthy in God’s eyes to raise the questionable acts of others.  All we can doo is the best we can do knowing full well that we too are sinners in God’s eyes!  Yes, it will be an uphill battle regardless of your view and approach.  Jesus let us know in no uncertain terms, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (John 8:7)  And the psalmist reminded us, “For in Your sight no one living is righteous.” (Psalm 143:2)  Again, an uphill battle no matter which side of the battle you take.  Also, man has a significant problem with respect to God’s laws versus man’s laws…both of which on the average are consistently and ever increasingly at odds with one another.  Just had a “spirited debate” over that fact with someone whom I count as a dear friend…and yes we are still friends!

but-seek-first-1Consider, for a moment, to leave your worries, concerns, problems, and requests to God and His word.  Seek the wisdom of the Almighty through the Spirit, making your requests known…even though, God knows all of your requests before you do!  Seek out God’s will in your life and in your task.  God gave us both a blessing and a curse, so-to-say, in the way of Freewill.  We can choose to do either right or wrong…how did it work out for mankind when Adam and Eve discovered this inalienable truth?  We have the power and right to do ALL things, but not all things are inherently permitted because to do so may cause another to stumble and sin…and it is we who will answer for that sin!

And I will leave you with this note:

“Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.”  ~1Timothy 5:1-2

I hope you found this to be helpful, interesting, a blessing, or perhaps even all three!

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

The Affects of Venomous Anger

The Affects of Venomous Anger

by Shauna Niequist, Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are

Venom

As churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife. — Proverbs 30:33
Earlier this year, a friend of mine made me really mad. Crazy mad. I felt small and scared and out of control, and like my friend was making decision after decision to hurt me. Every time I heard from her or about her, it hurt. It was like there was sharp glass on her hands and every time she got near me, she cut me, even if she swore she didn’t mean to.
For a while, it brought me so much joy to be angry with her. I exhausted myself imagining the same conversation again and again, but slightly different each time, saying clever things and finding loopholes in her lame arguments. I was the captain of the debate team in my mind, and I was very busy debating her.
I kept thinking about her, and the anger and the venom were starting to feel familiar. When I thought about what happened, the muscles in my neck and back scrunched up, and I felt bad at the base of my skull. Then it got harder to breathe, and it felt like something was rotting inside me, the way something goes bad in the refrigerator.
Have you ever found joy in being angry? Do you ever stir up anger in yourself? How does it end up affecting you?
My Anger Hurts Me

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. — Ephesians 4:31
My friend Sarah asked me how I was doing one night. “Well,” I said, “it’s been pretty hard lately with my friend at whom I am very angry.”
“Oh,” she said. “When did you talk to her?” I rolled my eyes and puffed out my breath like I was a seventh grade girl. I didn’t talk to her. Was she crazy? “I, um, I actually didn’t talk with her at all. I mean, it’s been hard… in my head.”
Gently, kindly, she paused, waiting for me to realize what I just said. I had been spending hours in imaginary conversations, tying myself up in knots, harboring secret fantasies of this person falling down in public, planning out elaborate comebacks I should have said months ago.
When I told Sarah that things had been hard in my head, I realized that I’m the only one suffering right now.
My anger doesn’t hurt the person at whom I am very angry, but it hurts me.
My friend is doing great, I think, but I stagger around in a fog of anger and clenched jaws and fists, waiting for a showdown that will never come and an apology that will never be offered.
It can seem impossible sometimes to get rid of anger. Are you waiting for a showdown or an apology that will never come? If so, how is that affecting you?

Tithing

titheI read a couple of articles about tithing this past week.  It essentially rehashed the same age old argument of how much to give.

tithe2Quite simply, a tithe is a tenth of whatever is to be given.  The other underlying question is can we out give God?  The short answer is plainly:  NO!  God gave the breath of life, authored the creation of life, your soul’s existence, etc. there is no possible way that you could out give and be more generous than God.  God sent His only Son to be crucified for you and I just to save us and to turn us around.

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

~Malachi 3:10

I always liked how Anthony Robbins described the art of giving, which can be applied to tithing as well.  He always said that when you give, you are telling your subconscious that there is always enough!  I find this to be appropriately  put for such a thing.

Your church deserves your support in this manner.  If you don’t believe it deserves your support you need to discuss it, or you need to find another bible teaching and believing church.

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD