Sunday, February 17, 2013

I received an e-mail that listed 71 things we should live by. Of course, being human, the author added several more they thought were of good repute. Thingss we could use as compass points in our lives. Helpful items. I was doing OK with the list, for a while:

1.Stop watching television.
2.Stop eating fast food.
3.Stop eating pizza and fried foods.
4.Stop driving places that you could easily walk to.
5.Read at least 1 book a month.
6.Take classes in what interests you or your vocation.
They look pretty innocent, right? Helpful to our well being, direction setting. As the list progressed, I took a lot to heart:
11. Don't drink soda.
12.Don't eat sugary foods at all.
13.Don't drink more than 1 glass of juice per day.
14.Stand up straight and have good posture.
15.Look people in the eyes when you talk to them.
17.Be polite.
18.Keep your promises.

Until I got to #49 and 50: 
49. Never tell other people that you think they or something they are doing is immoral or sinful.
50. Keep your moral values and religion to yourself. Use them to direct your own actions.
Those would take me right off Blogger, wouldn't they? And, they are unbiblical. Could there be a preacher if we all held to #49? Could Jesus have ministered under those conditions? Do we not remember what He taught:

39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. 41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, (Luke 19)

Guess the author didn't think about that, or:

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28)

Nope. Thank you, but I'll continue to share what I read in God's word. I absolutely will not forece anyone to accept, believe, repeat it, but I would like it very much if thought was given to what is written in relation to our lives, and why. Just raise a few questions, and hope people are willing to search for the answers. May God bless the reading of His word.


  1. I agree that #49 and #50 wouldn't be on my list if I were compiling something similar. But neither would #1 :)

  2. I take #49 and #50 as cautionary. But no, it would not be part of my list. I have not seen that list, thankfully. I have enough 'do not' lists in my own life! ha! Have a great week!

  3. I once knew a couple who lived by # 49 & 50. Tragically, they applied them even when parenting. They realized their folly too late.


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