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Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

Genesis 1:26 (NASB)

The Gift of Responsibility

By Don Meadows

God didn’t assign humankind a job when He gave “dominion” (KJV) of all living creatures into his hand.  He offered him a blessed gift to understand His caring and watchfulness over us.

Six bird feeders present Janet and me a window into the wonders of tiny life.  Even our five cats watch them intently, although probably with different ambitions.  It is a microcosm of our world.  Displayed is life and death, drama, humor, confrontation, acceptance, rejection, sex, birth, tragedy and so many, many realities of all God’s – and our – creatures.

Assignment as caretakers of God’s creatures is a foreboding task.  Many times we have failed, as humankind. There are, however, wonderful examples of man’s successes.

The other day as I watched the birds I realized that, in assigning you and me and we, charge of his creatures, God has conferred upon us an opportunity to be “godlike.”  Don’t misunderstand.  We aren’t divine, but we are being challenge to be witnesses of our “likeness” of the Divine.

Recently I found the remains of four little birds under my carport, where nests had been built under the rafters.  I assume these tiny creatures had matured enough to be stirring in the nests and had fallen out – some 10 to 12 feet and were killed by impact.  Janet and I grieved.  We felt badly that we had not done something to aid their survival.  We mourned the lost opportunity of their lives.  We had not known of their existence until discovering their remains but that didn’t lessen the sense of the loss.

How God must grieve, too, because He does know.  Jesus told us: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” Matthew 10:29 (KJV)

If God knows about each sparrow that falls, surely He knows about each baby who is aborted, about each child who dies prematurely, about each child who is abused or molested.  He grieves for each life lost because of the failure of people to discharge their responsibility to have care over all His creatures – which includes human ones as well as animals.

Many people today do not recognize the heinous practices of individuals guided by majority rule or politically-acceptable guidelines.  We live in an evil world, in a country growing less godly and more defiant of divine guidance.  Tragically, this is also true of many churches – denominations, congregations and preachers.

Have we not become like the man Micah?  He “had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim[1], and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.  In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:5-6 (KJV)

Fewer and fewer are those who accept and boast that Jesus is their king.  The Bible is revered less and less as God’s Word to mankind.  Thus, we have become, and are becoming, more and more focused on our wants, desires and obedient to our defined moralities.  It’s as though the thought, “Everybody’s doing it,” makes all things right if enough people subscribe to that thinking.

Thus, we become less sensitive to God speaking to us through the Holy Spirit and endanger our own lives and souls and those of loved ones and all of humanity.  We tolerate these resulting many sins because we, too, practice them.

One of the fruits of this behavior is the abandonment of the assigned task given to us at the very beginning -- stewardship of God’s creatures.

Repairing this break with God is impossible for us to effect.  Only God can heal the wounds we have inflicted upon ourselves and others, and this He offers to do through Jesus Christ.  The price of death to atone for our sin was paid by Jesus, and He offers the hand of friendship and fellowship for those who will believe, repent and accept His jurisdiction.

Be kind and loving and helpful to the fowls of the air, the fishes of the seas and the beasts of the earth.  Threat them as you wish God to treat you. How you do this says much of your relationship to the One who is watching over you.

Help me realize every day
The lives entrusted to me.
May love guard and cover
Each one, so God’s smile I see.

Dcm23may13


[1] an image of a Semitic household god, © 2013 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

Talking about taxes. . .

Golf is much like taxes—you drive hard to get to the green and then wind up in the hole.

The most permanent thing in the world is a temporary tax.

Today the earth rotates around its taxes.

Our government could raise unlimited revenue simply by taxing sin.

Taxes are strange; you pay this year’s taxes with the money you earned last year but spent the year before.

After the government takes enough to balance the budget, the taxpayer has to budget the balance.

The taxpayer no longer fears that Congress will let him down; he just hopes it will let him up.

America is the only country where it takes more brains to make out the income tax return than it does to make the income.

There’s this to be said about taxes—if the taxpayer is alive, he’s kicking.

A taxpayer is one who does not have to pass the civil service exam to work for the government.

A tax collector has what it takes to get what you got.

The American taxpayer may be America’s first natural resource to be exhausted.

Save for a rainy day and a new tax comes along and soaks you.

Taxation is based on supply and demand—the government demands and we supply.

Taxes are a form of Capitol punishment.

We need more watchdogs at the Treasury and fewer bloodhounds at the IRS.

The purpose of the IRS is to collect the money and give it  to those who spend it.

A fine is a tax for having done wrong—a tax is a fine for having done well.

The IRS can’t tax the riches you store in your soul.

An income tax form is like a laundry list—either way you lose your shirt.

When filing income taxes, it is better to give than to deceive.

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Now, there's an educator --

Speech by Dennis Prager of Colorado

We watched high school principal Dennis Prager of Colorado, along with Sara Palin and Tom Brokaw on TV a couple of weeks ago....what a dynamic, down to earth speaker. Even though Palin and Brokaw were also guest speakers, they did little but nod and agree with him.

 A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

 By Dennis Prager.
 
 To the students and faculty of our high school:
 
 I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.
 
 I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.
 
 First , this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.

This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values -- e pluribus Unum, "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America 's values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

 Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
 
 Second , I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America 's citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English --but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
 
 Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.
 
 Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the f-word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
 
 Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
 
 Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue... There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate -- to be alive and to be an American.
 
 Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

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