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For the lack of better words, religions generally refer to shepherds and sheep. Church leaders are the shepherds and church members are the sheep. As with any union, there will be disagreements.

Problems in religious unions arise, not because of the disagreements but because the disagreements aren’t resolved. Unresolved differences lead to anger and resentment over time, which leads to behavior that dissolves the union.

The old-time roles associated with shepherds and sheep are evolving. Shepherds are learning they need to be more than just a provider of instruction. Sheep are learning to speak up when they disagree with what the shepherd is expecting.

This is happening—only it is after anger and resentment got the upper hand and shepherd and sheep hurt one another by looking elsewhere to evolve.

Pew Research studies show that “More than one-quarter of American adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion – or no religion at all.”

But, can the original religion or union be saved?

Yes, and probably the union will be stronger than a new union.

The demand for shepherd and sheep will be heftier because both will need to go back and correct mistakes made. Whereas moving on to a new relationship tempts avoidance of these corrections.

Shepherd and sheep can rise to the occasion and learn to recognize frustrations and deal with them constructively, rather than destructively. A religion will never ultimately be ruined by human beings who can’t get along, however, the religion that first tied shepherd and sheep together can be more promising in the world as shepherd and sheep work through the struggles and overcome them faithfully.

It’s tempting to take a long hot shower when sub-zero weather lingers outside the door. But, hot water and soap wash your natural oils down the drain.

Moderation.

A warm quick shower is moderate. It washes away self-destructive behavior and allows our skin to keep its natural oils, while also saving water and electricity.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Reformation and moderation are results of mental healing, which cut down ‘every tree that does not produce good fruit.’[1]

 


[1] Matt. 3:10; Luke 3:9

A ladder is a series of steps within vertical frames. The purpose of a ladder is to reach high places.

It is believed that the idea of a ladder was used over 10,000 years ago. The ladder is also mentioned in the Bible. Jacob had a dream and in the dream he saw a ladder reaching from Heaven to earth. (Gen 28:12)

The word ladder is used once in the King James Version whereas the word “stairway” is used in other Bible versions. But they are the same in that they assist us to move between different levels.

We learn there is a difference between the material and spiritual levels.

Ladders are also used for multiple reasons, even in the closet. We can tie our scarves around the rungs of a ladder, or stack our shoes on a ladder, or hang our kitchen pots on a ladder, to save room and make items more accessible.

The infamous “cooperate ladder” can be climbed, however we need to remember it is everyone on the lower rungs that allowed for the rise. All ladders have to be propped up by something from the bottom reminding us to seek equality, balance.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Material wealth, fame, and social organizations have no authority or influence in the presence of God. We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove our self from biased personal perceptions.”

This is a big issue in our State. I covered the story to bring out awareness. Prayer and awareness link.

The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY – otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

February 10, 2014

Hundreds pack NY SAFE Act forum

By Cheryl Petersen Contributing Writer
The Daily Star

—- — About 300 people packed the Delhi American Legion on Saturday for a forum on the controversial NY SAFE Act.

Presented by the Delaware County chapter of New York Revolution, a grassroots organization promoting awareness about personal liberties, the forum stretched on for three hours to a standing-room-only crowd. Local legislators from the state and federal levels joined other guest speakers in a passionate program focused on fighting what was described as an unfair and ineffective law.

The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, passed 13 months ago, established a variety of tighter controls on firearm sales and ownership in New York state in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The forum focused on passive resistance and awareness-building as ways to fight the law.

“We do not advocate violence, but do stand for non-compliance to laws that take away our rights,” NYR coordinator George Curbelo explained.

State Sen. James R. Seward, R-Milford, seemed to support the speakers’ advice when he noted that, “Nothing authorizes a fee if you don’t register your firearms.”

Seward also spoke about a bill before the state senate to repeal “Cuomo’s ill-conceived gun control” law while keeping intact the provision in law which mandates life without parole for anyone who murders an emergency responder. Seward warned, however, that “a repeal is a long process and will take years.”

“The NY unSAFE Act does nothing to solve the problem of violence,” Seward added. “It is only onerous restrictions placed on our law-abiding citizens who rightfully own firearms. As a legislator, I’d rather write laws that come down tougher on violent criminals and that treat the mental health problems.”

Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills concurred, noting that “The unSAFE Act does not address the bad people who use guns for violence. … We need meaningful answers. We need to vote for and elect officials who work to change the mental health issues our country is dealing with now.”

NYR Coordinator Gia Arnold prompted the audience to take action.

“No more sitting in our comfortable houses,” said Arnold. “We can talk to our neighbors and campaign.”

Congressman Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, reminded the audience that “The Founding Fathers brought forth the Constitution and the document has withstood the test of time. We will fight to be governed by the Constitution, not the state. A limited but effective government is what we stand for.”

Referring to a recent public comment by Cuomo that conservatives could leave New York if they didn’t like it, Gibson said, “We are not leaving New York. We will vote and we will vote for the rights of everyone.”

“I’m disgusted that our rights have been stripped away,” Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said angrily. “Law enforcement is designed to uphold the constitution.”

Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, told the audience that, “We are at ground zero. … It is time we rouse from our apathy and focus our energy,” adding, “This is our America and we will take it back.”

Other local speakers included Delhi Town Supervisor Mark Tuthill, Delaware County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Eisel, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, and Kevin Sisson of Schoharie County.