The “pick your battles” philosophy teaches children the line at which their parents do not enforce obedience and now there is a subtle campaign to move the line as far as possible in their favor. The parents’ acquiescence has eroded the respect deserved by the parents from the child and weakened the parents’ authority.
If God should let His justice loose without mercy, God could justly rain fire on the North American continent. We are so proud of ourselves here in the United States. We are proud that we live lives such as we do in comparison to the rest of the world.
The Church in America cannot see (in part or in full) the “ripeness of the fields” if we are solely or primarily calling for the militaristic defeat of ISIS. We will see enemies and not fellow images of God who desperately need the gospel as well.
In Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis explained the reality of the interwoven nature of Education. Education is comprised of core traits, that if modified or separated from the whole ceases to be effective within the means of what it is.
Everything is necessary that He sends, nothing is necessary that He withholds. ~~ John Newton
God, indeed, knows our desires without an utterance from the lips. When one speaks of them, however, an “unveiling” occurs. One goes from being a “thing” [known by observation] to a “person” [known by self disclosure].
Giving is an expression, but it is also a great reminder, a reminder of our weaknesses and of One who never is depleted and weak.