Ethics M2 Family of Christ.
So let us run along the train of thought that there is a family of people on the planet that must live in fellowship closer (Not regarding information but regarding spiritual support) than the current1960-2009 “American spirit.” looking at other writings we see interdependance is key in a Chirstians life and Spirit.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
'As we read each of these verses, I want you to think about the parts that appeal to you. Which ones would you put on your shopping list, saying "I'll take some of this, and one of those, and a double-heaping of that one."
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
How many of us are in want today, and would like to be released from it?
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
I can't think of a more picturesque view of just being at peace. My wife and I saw a young girl the other day; I guess she was about eleven years old. She was in a beautifully mowed field, lying on her back. Her bicycle was nearby, and she looked like she didn't have a care in the world. Some of us are so busy that we can't remember the last time we took a moment like that. Some of us have lived with troubled waters for so long that we forgot what still waters look like.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
This is the part we hear in funerals:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
When we say "The Lord is my shepherd," we are saying "I need help." We are saying "No one is able to be a better shepherd; the Lord is the one I choose." We're saying, "I can't go it alone." So how is it that in a nation of independent people, independent thinkers, we can be dependent on God? I say to you today that these concepts live in perfect harmony. God is our creator; he didn't make us to suffer. He made us to enjoy all the things in these verses. But to do that, we have to become dependent on him.'
Pastor Peter F. Paine.
Now consider that there are times we may need to stand alone. As Esther did. Yet she still asked her family to pray for her.
Es 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Es 4:15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
Es 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
Es 4:17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.
That does not mean we need to tell other people from other countries all our stuggles or even a little of the USA's private info. The plan the Founders had and in particular the Supreme Founter has was to be a tight team. We need to be promoting the freedoms Christ wants everybody to have without explaining yourself to just anyone. That does mean we need to pray for others in other countries and respect their privacy as well.
Ps 49:4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
Ps 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
Ps 49:6 ¶ They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
Ps 49:7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
Ps 49:8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
Ps 49:9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
Mt 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
Mt 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mt 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mt 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Mt 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Mt 13:53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
Mt 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
Mt 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
Mr 3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
Mr 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
Mr 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
Mr 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Mr 4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
Mr 12:1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
Lu 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Fundamental Orders of 1639
For as much as it hath pleased Almighty God by the wise disposition of his divine providence so to order and dispose of things that we the Inhabitants and Residents of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield are now cohabiting and dwelling in and upon the River of Connectecotte and the lands thereunto adjoining; and well knowing where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union of such a people there should be an orderly and decent Government established according to God, to order and dispose of the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require; do therefore associate and conjoin ourselves to be as one Public State or Commonwealth; and do for ourselves and our successors and such as shall be adjoined to us at any time hereafter, enter into Combination and Confederation together, to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess, as also, the discipline of the Churches, which according to the truth of the said Gospel is now practiced amongst us; as also in our civil affairs to be guided and governed according to such Laws, Rules, Orders and Decrees as shall be made, ordered, and decreed as followeth:
The Federal and State Constitutions Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the States, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America
Compiled and Edited Under the Act of Congress of June 30, 1906 by Francis Newton Thorpe
Washington, DC : Government Printing Office, 1909.
In time Many will come to us as Christians looking for Faith and/or Peace and/or Hope and/or Charity. They always have and do. And when they do we must stand firm so they can be strong too.