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>Parable of The Talents: Was Christ A Conservativ? Not Really. He Lived A Principled Life, Unlike Many Progressives and Like Many On The Right

>Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 

“The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ 

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 

“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 

“‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

Parable of the Talents – Meaning
The master gave a considerable amount of money to each servant, in keeping with the servant’s abilities. The first two servants were faithful to care for their master’s money. They were rewarded accordingly. The third servant lacked faith and the master saw this as worthlessness. He lost what he had and was punished. 

From the passage above, we conclude that God gives talents to every person. These talents vary from person to person. However, we have to give account of these gifts to their owner. 

Since Jesus was referring to the Kingdom of God in the parable, we learn that our lives are not ours to live according to our wishes. We owe our lives and wealth to God! As Christians, we are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ to earth. We are like those stewards, faithfully using our Master’s assets while waiting for His return. 

Jesus has commissioned us to reach the world with the Gospel till He returns. This includes using our talents to venture out into the unknown with faith. Our aim is to prosper the Kingdom! Most of the time, however, we tend to look for excuses when the tide is rough. We forget that the Lord has given us talents fit for the work! He knows whether you’d be faithful with little or more. 

The two servants that used their talents wisely received similar greetings but not rewards. For their faithfulness, they were both commended. I believe this is the highpoint of the parable. It separated those that used their talents wisely, irrespective of the profits made, from the third servant, who disobeyed simple instructions of the master. 

Seeing the parable of the talents from the angle of faithfulness to the Master teaches that God’s kingdom is accomplished, not merely with talents, money, or education, but with simple obedience. 

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>John Perkins: Confessions of An Economic Hit Man

>Should capitalism and democracy be forced on the rest of the world?

If the objective of foreign aid is imperialism, is that so wrong?

Those are questions John Perkins asks in his book Economic Hit Man. chapter 8 entitled, “Jesus Seen Differently.” Off hand, most of us don’t know the answers, but let’s get into it.

Perkins said he kept coming back to the above question. He doubted whether limited resources would allow the whole world to live “the opulent life of the United States, when even the United States had millions of citizens living in poverty.” He said it wasn’t clear to him that people in other nations actually want to live like us.

“Our own statistics about violence, depression, drug abuse, divorce, and crime indicated that although ours was one of the wealthiest societies in history, it may also be one of the least happy societies. Why would we want others to emulate us?”

First, I would tell John Perkins that not all Americans are unhappy. Especially not those who have found Jesus Christ and vow to serve him and help others their entire lives. That has been my happy situation, and the blessing of millions of others like me who call themselves (and act like) true Christians.

I recently printed a story about the church I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who continually send out food, medicine and supplies to Hurricane, flood, tornado, earthquake victims and those displaced by any number of catastrophes that occur each year in this country and abroad. This is a worldwide church, which aids people in every nation. May I refer you to a story in the blog entitled “Service Around The World.” http://womenlovemenwhoadmire.blogspot.com

Once on this page, click down to titles: “Church Members Contribute To Global Humanitarian Aid” and “Utah Volunteers Working To Help Those Threatened by Ike.” Though these stories feature Utah volunteers, the Mormon Church has members who become volunteers of their service throughout the world.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi and those surrounding areas in 2004, for example, a large contingent of volunteers left Orlando Florida in busses and helped muck out and clean storm victims’ mud and water-soaked houses. Volunteers from many other of this church’s dioceses, or wards and stakes as Mormons call them, also came and were directed by a central command to those neighborhoods where help was most needed.

They wore yellow shirts with “Mormon Volunteers” written on it to distinguish themselves from others who were not helpful, but may have been their illegally to loot from damaged homes. When people saw the yellow shirts they felt blessed and safe and knew they would get some badly needed help. These workers worked for two straight days before boarding the bus again to come home to their jobs and families some one thousand miles away. Many other instances of that occurred throughout the church, which is one of the best organized churchs in the world, especially when disaster strikes.

>How Can The Libian Dictator Define Christianity?

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But that’s just what he did, some time ago. Just goes to show you that the real experts of anything are outsiders. That sounds logical. Their minds are not muddled with all of the technical details of their subject.

News from Reuters, also in Middle East Online reports that the dictator Muammar Gaddafi (Qadafi) has decided that he knows better than Christians what Christianity is about.

While attending a prayer meeting in Niger to commemorate the birthday of Mohammed, Gaddafi said: “There are serious mistakes — among them the one saying that Jesus came as a messenger for other people other than the sons of Israel. Christianity is not a faith for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Other people who are not sons of Israel have nothing to do with that religion. It is a mistake that another religion exists alongside Islam. There is only one religion which is Islam after Mohammed.”

The speech was broadcast live on Libyan TV. Imagine the confusion these poor souls must be going through. We hope they can have access to the Bible and other literature, including perhaps the Book of Mormon which makes clear the proposition that through the gathering of Israel there are many more people besides the Jews to whom Jesus spoke. He was the savior of all mankind, not just to the twelve tribes of Israel.