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18:9 Are You a Wrecker?

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

The Hyatt Regency, now known as the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.

The Hyatt Regency was renamed as the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.

One who is slothful in his work is brother to one that is a great destroyer.

We often hear of loss and disaster caused by someone getting careless. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge went down because its engineers built the structure on the cheap. Fortunately, no people lost their lives. At Chernobyl, arrogant engineers built a nuclear plant without rudimentary safety features. Hundreds of thousands of people were affected when the reactor melted down. In Bhopul India, thousands died in a chemical disaster which could have been prevented with elementary precautions and prompt action. At the Hyatt Regency, 114 people died and 200 more were injured owing to faulty engineering.

One does not have to be a terrorist to achieve massive destruction and loss of life. Carelessness, corner cutting, drug use, taking the easy way out—all of these will produce the same results as an anarchist’s bomb.

By contrast, Christ cut no corners. At great expense to himself he did the right thing at the right time. He waited until he was of mature age—until his “time had come”—before plunging into his ministry. Before selecting his twelve disciples, he spent the night in prayer. He waited just the right number of days before returning to Judea to raise Lazarus from death. Such examples could be multiplied. One senses that there was not an unnecessary movement nor a wasted moment in his life.

22:29 Skillful Workers

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Christopher Wren, mastermind, was asked to rebuild St. Paul's Cathedral.

Christopher Wren, mastermind, was asked to rebuild St. Paul's Cathedral.

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Rich and powerful people want the best. Not many White House invitations go out to obscure people. Business leaders, renowned stars, and meritorious teachers get them. In Great Britain, royal chaplains and medical consultants are not chosen at random, but from the prominent individuals in their field. Christopher Wren was asked to rebuild St. Paul’s Cathedral, not some farmer who threw up a sheep cote between breakfast and dinner.

Now Jesus’ business was the Father’s business—that is, showing holiness and testifying to the truth of God. As could be expected, this brought him to the attention of the powerful men of his day. We are told, for instance, that Herod wanted to see him, thinking John the Baptist had returned from the dead.

In the end, Herod got his wish. Jesus stood before this murderer. He also stood before the Jewish leaders and the more powerful Roman governor, Pilate. But Christ’s business was not of the kind worldly leaders ooh and ah over. Palestine’s power mongers did not solicit his services toward becoming better men, but derided and disposed of him.