I preached some character observations from the NT mention of Demetrius in: 3 John 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone — and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

I broke it down by 1) spoken well of by everyone 2) life lines up with the Word 3) leadership speaks well of him

This was preached under the umbrella of: Prov 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

I used some quotes form Meade from this post:

That a criminal could win the trust of so many of the ‘best and the brightest’ in philanthropy and business chillingly demonstrates the moral and intellectual vacuum in the corporate world. Years of excessive payment for executives, okayed by go along to get along boards of directors, a culture of entitlement and a lack of personal character and strong moral codes have created a dead zone at the core of American life.

Though he had an enviable résumé and earned millions of dollars a year at McKinsey, Mr. Gupta became fixated on the extraordinary wealth showered on hedge fund managers and private equity chiefs, according to trial testimony. Consultants are well paid, but the compensation pales in comparison to those Wall Street titans.

Envy and avarice, no doubt mixed with pride: if the charges hold up Mr. Gupta will have wrecked his life, shamed his family, caused serious harm to those who trusted him and gave him their confidence just because being filthy rich wasn’t enough for him. He had to be richer still. A man who had everything chose to ruin it all.

I’ve touched on this before while preaching. This idea of picking upon the rich. This rot described by Meade goes much deeper than just the upper class. It is a rot that has gone to our very core touching all of us from the richest to the poorest.

As I preached I wondered about a young man with great leadership potential. The idea of trading in your good name for an extra buck. I only now am beginning to realize how protests are carried out by paying people to show up. Because of my new found knowledge about how unions work I question the validity of any union member at any kind of protest.

The unemployed union member is paid under the table to attend the protest. I have to admit I have never been such a stickler as to deny a person on unemployment from mowing a lawn or painting a garage for some extra cash. The government now has ways in which a person collecting benefits can work that side job, up to a certain level without effecting their benefits.

The union is out for something bigger. Its the “lets get together and lie and beat the system” part that bothers me. The union knows you are collecting unemployment. They get you to recieve cash payment under the table to protest, knowing that by doing this there will be no paper trail that can fowl up your unemployment benefits. You enter into this little white lie for an extra buck without realizing that you are setting yourself as a man who will lie for the union’s sake and an extra buck. Willing to lie while giving testimony? It starts here.

There is a spiritual bondage that goes with this path of living.

Rom 6:16-17 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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