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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Nov 22, 2014 at 19:17

Shalom Luciana!

You said,

THE MAJORITY MAY SEE & JUDGE.....but FAIL to ACT FOR THE GOOD, they are the fence sitters of this world! The majority are good for nothing good! Therefore the consequences of their inaction are obvious to those who choose to see, and distructive for all people!

Australian Luciana, do you know that I lived in Australia for a year? That was in Sydney, almost 50 years ago, when I was a young man. I worked as a lift mechanic's mate, until I cut my hand working on the State Office Block building -- which at that time was the tallest building in the country. The structure was later demolished, in 1997, after only 32 years in existence. Imagine that! I was injured by a collosus; but I've had the last word. Not only have I out-lived this man-made god; but I have lived twice its years and then some. When you consider that I also am only a mortal, of ordinary stature, that ought to give one pause about man's works and their passing glory.

Should we act for the good? Hmm... I would STRONGLY qualify that statement. There are no end of people running to and fro in this world, doing great works "for the good". I dare say, most of them are of no more lasting value than the State Office Block. The real, lasting work for the good has to be leading people to know God; because that will help them not for 32 years, nor for a lifetime, but forever.

Most of the "good works" I see around me are only evil. Consider the "good works" those British academics are doing, in speaking against and divesting from "evil" Israel. What have they accomplished for good? How about all those do-gooders paying billions of dollars to keep the HAMAS government going in Gaza? That just led to the stockpiling of rockets, which this year led to the death of some 2000 of its own citizens.

Without the love of God living in and flowing from someone's life, "good works" produce evil fruit: The jutting forth of the tongue to accuse, the continual remembrance of wrongs committed and an endless call for vengeance. In such cases, "doing nothing" is probably the most profitable way these do-gooders can spend their lives.

After 66 years of trying to change the world for the good, I've been starting to take a humbler look at things. Am I doing good in typing this? Perhaps. What we write on these blogs is important, because the words remain and affect those who come after us. I certainly want to do my part; but caring for my wife fits right up there with the noblest of deeds; because in loving her, I am loving someone made in the image of God! Even making sure the hummingbirds get fed on the patio ranks up there; because the spirits of those hummingbirds will speak forever before God and the angels, about the good I have done for them.

You went on to say,

"FAMILIES outweigh all other factors in intellectual development and schooling achievement social skills and co-operativeness, emotional and mental health. FAMILIES EXPERIENCE AFFECT Social status, moral development, religious affiliation, future parenting style, job success,values and SOCIAL CONCERNS!"

You are very right there. My father left when I was three weeks old, and I didn't see him again for 16 years. He was a good man, as good men go; but those were the beginnings of days when women were asserting their "right" to be free of a man's domination, free to live on welfare, then send the children to day care and work in a factory. It was twelve years before my mother married again; and do you know what I wanted most for those twelve years? I wanted a father.

Was it good, that the county kept us alive those first years, until my mother could find work? Yes, it was good. My religious upbringing, which made me part of an extended family that included "fathers" (priests) and "sisters" (nuns) -- was that good? Yes, it was good. The pittance of child support that my father was able, after some ten years, to get from Social Security for his disability: was that good? Yes, it was good. But the greatest good of all, in my small eyes, was when my mother remarried and put a father in our home. You went on,

"Why then are Governments devoting greater resources ($$$) to dealing with family breakdown than to building up family life?"

It's because divorce courts, attorneys' fees, day care and working moms all generate tax dollars. You went on,

People should challenge Professionals and Institutions to give greater recognition and support to families at ALL STAGES of DEVELOPMENT.

Why am I so disagreeable, Luciana? As far as I'm concerned, you can pretty much hand the professionals, institutions and all the other social bandaids (which, as I have said, do some good), and replace them with drawing people back to their Father and God. It's better by far, that a man and woman should submit their lives to God's love and discipline, and love one another, than that the government should use its tax dollars (earned by breaking up families, as I've noted) to hire bureaucrats and professionals.

Meanwhile, we have the fatwahs against other religion, fanaticism and attacks on free speech. How do we deal with monsters like that? For the most part, we have to kill them.

Shalom shalom :-)


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