An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Compassionate Conservatism (and Liberalism)

(Proverbs 12:10 KJV) A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

The second part of this jumped out at me as I read through Proverbs again this morning.

So called “tender mercies" (compassion NASB) (7356) are not always good.

The “wicked” (7563) can make compassion “cruel” (394). When you think about all of the Federal programs started in the name of compassion and examine the results, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that evil people cannot administer compassion. With school starting I also think of all the misguided “good intentions” of teachers who think they are helping by building self-esteem built on nothing and ignoring the Biblical truth that only grace can change the heart of man.

Grace and Peace.

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