Where Dependency Bows
They say "Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day. But teach him how to fish, you'll feed him for a lifetime."
Well I'm going to tell you something even "fishier" my friends. When it comes to that man's appetite for a stress-free life, we live a world that would rather "give a man a fish." Because this dependency strategy "feeds their business for a lifetime!"Just ask Phillip Morris. Ask any bartender or drug dealer that this man needs "just to get through the day!" With all of the fish being caught, the only thing that gets 'hooked'... is that man!
Now the 'good news' is that on the other side of that pond is the Holy Spirit: perhaps the only entity with enough compassion to "teach this man how to fish." He stands on the foundation of Christianity. And He's the only way to break this addiction and dependency cycle. Because believe me, "there are plenty of fish in the sea."
Good day. My name is Jwyan; I'll be your instructor in this class. No need to check the room number. If you "seek ye first the Kingdom of God," then you're in the right e-class! If you want to be effective in this spiritual war (Ephesians 6:12), then have a seat. This course will challenge your righteous authenticity; it will equip you to save others. It will distinguish you from a mere claim that anyone can make.
The rules are slightly different. For example, there's absolutely no penalty for "tardiness." Like God, I only care that you arrive eventually.I won't be taking attendance either. And I don't really care about your church-going history, if any. Show me what you've learned! I couldn't imagine a negligent doctor standing behind his or her perfect attendance record in college. They are judged on knowledge and passion; even me. So why then should society patronize you?
The tests are very hard. But the necessity goes far beyond a grade, my friends. As the contemporary plague of misconception sweeps through our religion, we must survive socially... because "death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)."