Broken Fences


broken-fence

Do not move an ancient boundary marker
that your ancestors set in place.
Prov 22:28 (GW)
{Like} a city broken into {and} left without a wall,
{so} is a person who lacks self-control.
Prov 25:28 (GW)

What is dishonorably got, is dishonorably squandered. Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Source: Philippicoe (II, 27)

Today’s youth are surrounded by a vast wasteland of open spaces with no fences or boundaries. Our society’s efforts to remove all barriers to one’s “self awareness” and “self expression” has rendered our children lost in a maze of choices. Each choice is held as equal to the other, none holding any merit as a better choice because having the right to choose is more important than choosing right.

We would never send a toddler out in the deep forest without a guide yet we are leaving our young people to wander around in this vast wasteland of choices with no boundaries.

The current influx of illegal immigration has awaken me from the slumber of live and let live to a more thoughtful and purposeful train of reasoning.

If anyone can do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it, wherever they desire to do it, then we, as a society, has lost our moorings, and like a ship without a rudder we are adrift on life’s sea.

One must have a anchor point, a boundary, a place where there is no trespassing allowed. Just as with the first humans who graced this planet we too have been overtaken in our lawlessness from an unbridled greed and lust for more.

When there is no one to say no then we never learn the value of restraint. We never learn to appreciate that which does not belong to us. We never learn to appreciate the need to ask before taking or to respect the limits set by others.

A casual observer may scratch their collective heads wondering what in the world we are thinking, or which course of action we choose to be the right course. In our day of moral relativism with no moral absolutes anything anyone wants to do is acceptable as long as they can justify their actions with themselves.

Rules like ‘thou shalt not covet’ or ‘thou shalt not steal’ are completely ignored because we reason if we can acquire it then it belongs to us. Society has done all it can to rewrite or remove the prohibitions to self satisfaction.

Crashing the borders to get to where we want to be without regard to the occupants of that said place is just plan selfish and self serving.

A society nor a people can long survive if they do not limit themselves from their shameful lust for more and coveting what others have. We need to learn to be thankful for what we have and thank God for His provision.

Instead we think that everything is ours to take and use as we see fit even to the point of taking someone’s life if it suits us or they are inconvenient to our pursuit of happiness.

This is not new for what is has been before will be again. There is nothing new under the son to quote Solomon.

Ahab and the Vineyard

Ahab met his match with Naboth who refused to sell him his vineyard which was given to him by God. Naboth appreciated what God had done for him and was resisting Ahab’s appeals for his land. Ahab went away distressed and sad-faced because of Naboth’s refusal to him. Jezebel, Ahab’s wicked wife, advised him that after all he was king and if he wanted something he should just take it by force if necessary. So Jezebel set out to get for Ahab what Ahab was unable to obtain fairly and justly. 1Kg 21:1-16

God took a dim view of Jezebels actions and Ahab’s motives by punishing them as well as their households. God takes a dim view today of those who strong arm their way to ill gotten gain.

Warnings from God’s Word

Habukuk reads:

Hab 2:6-7 (GW) Won’t all of them ridicule him, directing clever sayings and riddles at him, like: “‘How horrible it will be for the one who makes himself rich with what is not his own and makes himself wealthy on loans. How long will this go on?’ Won’t your creditors suddenly rise up and those who are going to shake you wake up? Then you will become their prize.

God’s commandments of not stealing and not coveting are not suggestions. They are not meant to keep you from happiness. They are designed so that we learn to reign in our lusts for more and to learn to live quiet content lives with what we have been given. Lawful gain is rewarded but unlawful lust for power is frowned upon by God.

A wise man builds his house on a solid foundation taking into consideration wisdom gleaned from the word of God. A fool will rush headlong into folly and destruction taking no thought of what is right and wrong. By removing the barriers to one’s own ambition a person runs head-on into an encounter with an angry God.

Live a more disciplined life, and listen carefully to words of knowledge. Do not hesitate to discipline a child. If you spank him, he will not die. Spank him yourself, and you will save his soul from hell.Prov 23:12-14 (GW)

This is what happens to everyone who is greedy for unjust gain.
Greed takes away his life.
Prov 1:19 (GW)

Poverty and shame come to a person who ignores discipline,
but whoever pays attention to constructive criticism will be honored
. Prov 13:18 (GW)

And that is the way I see it what say you?

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