So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wisdom for Daily Living from the Book of Proverbs: Why wisdom?

How often do we avail ourselves of the pithy wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs?
1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
Prologue
2 That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight, (3) receive instruction in wise dealingrighteousness, justice, and equity; (4) that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— (5) the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill, (6) to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Avoid the counsel and company of the wicked.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (11) If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent; (12) like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; (13) we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with spoil; (14) throw in your lot among us, we will all have one purse”—(15) my son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their paths; (16) for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird; (18) but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they set an ambush for their own lives.

19 Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors.
Daesh/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State militants would do well to reflect seriously on the last few verses and repent before it is too late.

Likewise, the call to repent goes out to administrators, business leaders, politicians, special interest groups or persons in positions of civic power who, exercising power for personal gain or to prop up a system that keeps people in their place, bully or ignore and thereby marginalize co-workers, parents and/or religious people of faith.

The injustice committed against the working poor by employers who refuse to acknowledge dedicated service by offering advancement to hard working, long serving employees in educational institutions, for example, is undermining the integrity of universities and colleges as bastions of equity and justice. There is a shocking lack of employment fairness for sessional instructors at universities and colleges who, providing the lion's share of the teaching load and propping up the very system that abuses them, are routinely exploited for their expertise but denied any real and equitable advancement. Sessional instructors are the canaries in the proverbial coal mine. Their mistreatment heralds the irrelevance of institutions that preach social justice but manage to engage in practices that no private business could sustain without fear of a charge of employee abuse for similar workplace practices.

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