Wednesday, August 01, 2012

WARNING: WATCH FOR FAITH THEFT


Author Stephen Bly with horse Sundance
Stephen Bly with Sundance
Stephen Bly
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I spoke at a conference in a large eastern U.S. city and was driven to the location by a friend. Even though security guards patrolled the parking lot, I discovered that crowbar looking devices had to be bolted across vehicle steering wheels. “To protect from theft,” my friend explained.


Cowboy with horse in snowy forest
In the Old West days, most everyone rode horses. Nothing could prevent stealing an animal. No blinking lights, sirens, beepers, or steer-lock devices existed. But in spite of the fact horses often stood out in the open, horse stealing was a rare event. Part of the reason? Horse thieves got hung. No trial. The sentence got carried out at the nearest tree. That tended to discourage horse theft.

But did the punishment fit the crime? That’s the real test of justice.

Black horse with black mane
Cowboy horse saddleMost cowboys rode $10 horses and owned $40 saddles. A death sentence for stealing a $10 item seems stiff. But in those days a horse meant survival. Those on foot had little chance of safe travel, what with wild animals, outlaws, cattle and buffalo stampedes, range fires, renegades and criminals, snakes and thirst as enemies. A horse provided a running chance.

We all need a fighting chance to overcome hardships. A horse may not help in a spiritual wilderness, but faith will. Nobody has the right to steal or undermine another’s faith.

Sign: Caution Snake Area
Caution: Snake Area
Jesus warns, “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck” (Mark 9:42).

To mess with a weaker one’s spiritual conscience is a capital offense.


Think about it. What actions or words could cause a child of God to stumble?
How could you strengthen someone’s faltering faith today?

5 comments:

For His Glory said...

any specific ideas on strengthening faith?

Janet Chester Bly said...

For His Glory. . .practice trust in each daily challenge you face. Get still. Affirm that you know God can handle this situation. Ask for His help. Thank Him ahead of time for His aid. That's one way. Another is to keep a steady practice of reading Scripture and keeping close contact with believers who have a strong faith. Each of those habits will keep you trusting & believing until He comes for you.
Blessings,
Janet

athena said...

This is a thought provoking post. At first, I thought hanging a thief for stealing horses is just absurd. But, you explained clearly why such sentence is most fit to a horse thief, which made me realize of the animal's importance. Thanks for the enlightenment.

athena said...

28. This is a thought provoking post. At first, I thought hanging a thief for stealing horses is just absurd but you explained clearly on the justification of hanging horse thieves, which made me realize of the animal's importance. Thanks for the enlightenment.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.