No. 32 Dogs Pigs and Pearls

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Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you. Matthew 7:6

While dogs and pigs can be playful and even lovable they cannot distinguish between the sacred and the silly. Neither aspires to anything more than a full tummy and an empty bladder; they are 90% physical and 10% emotional. If you hand a Bible to a dog or pig he will tear it to pieces for fun. Even if you read it out loud in barks and oinks, the smartest animals in the world could not listen. So what is the point?

While the sun and rain fall upon both the good and evil, and all men are created equal and we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, the sad truth is that people are unequally able to receive the sacred. Some people are doggish and others are piggish. This mark warns us not to even try.

The ungodly are as callous and unreceptive as dogs.  The immoral, like swine who love to wallow in mud, would rather lie or cheat or steal than admire your pearls. This command admonishes aspiring immortals to preserve and protect the integrity of the sacred.

Yes, the Great Commission directs us to spread the good news that immortality was made possible by Christ, and invite the interested to be baptized, but stop with the invitation and let the Holy Spirit take over. Jesus said that no one comes to the Father unless He draws him or her. Wait and see who God chooses.

We are not selling widgets, we are not selling anything. When we give holiness to the holy, we are hiking up a mountain with friends, sharing light and water.