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We Need More Bull Elephants

Posted on 9/16/2015 by Admin

1 Timothy 6-10 “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. ”This verse is one of the most quoted verses in the bible, and yet, time and time again, it is incorrectly used. Money is not the root of all evil. No, it is the pursuit of money that is evil.

 

 

 

Ephesians 2-10

“For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus for we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”

 

 

Have you ever known a masterpiece that wasn’t valuable?  Aren’t most, if not all, masterpieces worth a lot of money?

If He created us “valuable” or “worth a lot of money”, then doesn’t it make sense that He “wants” us to have money?

You see, the problem isn’t the money.  The problem becomes what we do with the money.

 

Have you ever see, heard or known someone that is asking God for a blessing?  More than likely, at some point in your life you too have asked to be blessed.

And quite often, the request of a blessing is monetary in nature.

Well, just like with money, the problem isn’t the blessing … it’s what you do with the blessings He chooses and allows you to have.

I’ve mentioned this before … blessings are to flow through you.  Not stop with you.

It’s not what you receive … it’s what you do with what you receive.

 

 

1 John 2:15-17

“Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

 

 

I often times am moved by a subject and proceed to write on it, but I’m not gifted enough to utilize the bible, the authoritative word, without some help. 

In this case, I found it very interesting when you google “what does the bible say about single family homes” this passage, 1 John 2:15-17, comes up (www.openbible.info).  That tells me that God wants us to understand that there is a connection between money and family.

 

That said, I find the astonishing numbers of single family homes, in all races, to be, not necessarily “the”, but a root of the problems we are experiencing in our culture today …

Lack of discipline and respect in our children.  They seem to have an overall sense of entitlement … somehow thinking they deserve things.

 

And the numbers continue to rise …

African-American homes = 67%

American Indian = 52%

Hispanic = 42%

White = 25%

Asian = 16%

 

These numbers come from 2013, which is the most recent that I was able to find.  Therefore it is a safe assumption that the numbers are not a true reflection of the current state … they are more than likely on the low end.  I’ve been told that the white home is as high as 40% and the African-American home is a staggering 78%, but these numbers are not verifiable … just what I’ve been told by individuals (that I happen to believe and respect).   

 

I say all that to get to this point …

I personally think that the hardest job on this earth is that of a single mother.  In my opinion, nothing even comes close to the challenges and difficulties faced daily by the single mother.  She simply cannot be a mother and a father.  And as hard as she may try, she can never be a man. And let me point out the distinction between a male and a man.  Just because you have testicles, that does not make you a man. 

 

A man accepts responsibility … even when it’s not his fault

A man does what he says he was going to do

A man is accountable for his actions

A man provides for his family

A man admits when he was wrong

And a man is not afraid to show his emotions

 

Anyone that reads my blog entries and likes them but has not been to our website, I encourage you to go to www.krs3sports.com.  On the front page there is a scrolling marquee.  One of the links is to a video of “what it means to be a man” by Jonathan Evans.  I highly recommend you view that six minute, very powerful, video if you haven’t already.  THAT is, what I believe, how God created us to be as men.

 

Anyone that knows anything about elephants knows they're socially very similar to humans.  They have deep bonds with their family and friends.

The matriarch of the elephant family is the oldest female.  She typically sees over a group of anywhere from 8 to 20 in her family.

Males are referred to as bull elephants.  They typically roam independent.  They tend to be solitary by nature.

Elephants will congregate with other families, establishing heard sizes as large as 500 to 1,000. Now, when young males grow up and tend to get out of line, the dominant male bull elephants always come back to the heard to instill authority.  Any male that tries to question the authority of the dominant bull elephants is always put in his place.

 

So, if you want my opinion (I realize no one is asking for it, but here it is anyway) on how to address the violence, race issues and overall contempt a lot of our country is faced with today, start with the family unit.  Men, it’s time to step up … stop being just a male.  Grow up and become the man that God created you to be in His image.  We need more bull elephants!


 

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