February 23, 2020
In Luke 14, Jesus tells three parables to illustrate the cost of commitment.
First, Jesus asks, “What man would set out to build a tower and find out he did not have enough money to finish it? Otherwise, people would mock him.”
Secondly, Jesus asked, “What king would consider going to war when he just had ten thousand men to fight against another king who had twenty thousand men?” Then he said, “Whosoever of you that forsaketh not all that he has, cannot be my disciple.”
Then, Jesus said, “Salt is good; but if it has lost its savor, what good is it? He that has ears, let him hear.”
Yes, it costs something to be a disciple of Christ. But isn’t it also true that every responsibility you have costs something?
Right now, my son, John and his wife Jennifer, have a little dog that they recently learned was going blind due to cataracts. The vet told them it would cost $2,000. to get the little dog’s eyes fixed. They intend to get it done.
Last year, Sandra and I had to spend over $2,000 in vet bills trying to get our pet dog well. We did everything possible to get her help, yet she still went into a coma, and we had to have her euthanized. It was heartbreaking, and we would have spent a lot more to save her if she could have been saved.
One of my biggest concerns in society today is to see people who have brought children into the world and then won’t take care of them. Far too many men (and sometimes women too) either totally neglect their children when they are born, or abandon them soon after. Some even abort them before birth.
Many of these deadbeats think it’s the government‘s place (taxpayers) to take care of their children.
I suppose it’s a good thing I’m not a judge when one of these deadbeat sperm-donors would come before me for not paying their child support to their children. I’m afraid if they came before me, I would have them locked up or castrated. Maybe both. That may sound cruel, but it would get attention of other would-be deadbeat fathers.
There was a famous basketball player many years ago who, as a young man, would brag that he had had sex with over 10,000 different women. I heard about a reporter interviewing him and asking him if he had any children by these women? He said he probably did. He really didn’t know for sure, but that if he did, it was the mother’s place to take care of them. He had no commitment toward the women or children. All he wanted was a good time – a one night stand.
The sad part about that man was that he was a hero to so many young men. It was truly the blind leading the blind.
And there are people like that about their own lives – taking no responsibility for their own welfare. We’ve become a society where so many people want to be taken care of by the government (taxpayers), from the cradle to the grave..
It makes me literally sick to see these politicians pander to people like that – promising them free healthcare, free food, free college, free housing and free everything. These politicians are trading their souls for votes.
The Bible even said, “If you don’t work, neither should you eat.” And that a person who would not take care of his own family was worse than an infidel. Certainly, there are exceptions to those statements. People who are unable to work, children, elderly, and others. But according to Scripture, if you are able-bodied, you are required to work.
It is nearing time for widespread elections throughout our country. It is your responsibility as a Christian to vote on the best, most honest, person for the job they are seeking. It’s part of your commitment as an American citizen to learn who the most honest person is. Throughout the world today, there are many places where people don’t have the right to vote.
It’s not only a privalege to be an American citizen and a Christian too, but it’s also a lot of hard work. Are you worthy of that honor?
Jesus again said, “That a man having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is not worthy of the Kingdom.”
If you haven’t counted the cost of commitment to all that is good in your life and society, do so now. Because the price is worth it.
God Bless You,