#224 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Proverbs 29: 3A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for[a] bribes tear it down.
Tit for tat, this for that, quid pro quo- the way of the world, right? The loss Integrity, honesty, and self-control are the things that have led to the miserable state of humanity today. Since the garden it has ever been so. Men and women are willing to prostitute themselves to an idea, a desire for power, and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that desire.
I recall the dismay that I felt on my first mission trip to South America. The field director for that particular venture was very clear and succinct in telling us that in order to get the proper clearances for our particular project we had to bribe the local officials to “push them through”. He said, it’s just the way things are done.
Sometime later discovered that a church group who was working in the outskirts of Mexico city were apprehended at the border crossing from the US attempting to smuggle building supplies into that country.
The sad example of the outworking of a word that became extremely popular during one particular administration and has been widely in use ever since, Pragmatism, (an approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.) has been that this system of bribery and so called pragmatism has supplanted righteousness in every corner of our lives today. We no longer “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before our God” (Micah 6:8) without making sure that the outcome will be to our advantage. How sad. Heed the warning of Solomon, a sad dissipated old man.