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Hold On Till It Thunders

Man’s best friend has been established by tradition.  It is not his wife, or his hunting buddy, or his fraternity brother.  It is his dog.  The four-legged, shaggy, bad-breathed, canine that always wags its tail and comes running to greet him has been called “man’s best friend”.  And, who could deny that to be true?  More and more money is spent every year on our pets.  One article has stated,

The American Pet Products Association estimates $60.59 billion will be spent on pets in 2015, up about 25 percent from five years ago. More U.S. households own dogs than any other pet. They tend to be the most expensive domestic animal. Basic annual expenses per dog are expected to reach $1641.  (“Americans Will  Spend More Than $60 Billion On Their Pets This Year”, by Michelle Castillo, CNBC, June 12, 2015).

That is an amazing amount of money considering that the United Nations budget to combat world hunger is $30 billion annually.  It puts a whole new spin on the fact that our dogs eat better than the world’s beggars.  We take great care of them with making sure they are kept warm, well fed, properly treated by veterinarians, bathed, groomed, and cuddled often.

Not all dogs were bred to be pets.  And, we know that some breeds have to be respected for their strength and capability of doing harm to the unsuspecting.  People can be mauled or even killed by dogs if a person is not cautious around those animals that are strong and potentially fierce.

The pit bull, as you may know, is bred to be a fighter. But what you may not know is what they were originally bred to fight with. The pit bull is actually a mutt that made good — having terrier and mastiff breeds in its line. From the mastiff side of the tree, they are descended from bulldogs, which in pre-industrial England were farm dogs. You know what they were used for? To protect the farmer from the bull when he was trying feed, castrate or breed him. If the bull turned to gore the farmer the bull dog would subdue the bull “by biting the bull on the nose and holding on until the bull submitted. Because of the nature of their job, bulldogs were bred to have powerful, muscular bodies, and the resolve to hold onto a violently-struggling bull, even when injured.” 

Perhaps that is the sort of picture that Paul is drawing for Timothy here with words like “keep,” “guard,” and “entrust.” Maybe Paul had in mind something like this, “Timothy, grab hold of this Gospel, this doctrine, this dogma and do not let go no matter how violently life shakes. Latch on to it as if your life and the life of those you shepherd depend on it.”  (Copied).

Truth is, the eternal destinies of all people are resting on someone being bold enough to tell them the truth about Jesus.  The truth is not “truth” if it is ever changing to accommodate men’s personal preferences.  Truth is absolute. It is constant.  It is not partial and is never compromised.  To seek to ‘break the laws’ of true facts does not break the “law”.  It breaks the credibility of the person seeking to move away from or ignore the proven principle.  When Jesus stated, “I am the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life”….that was the Everlasting God speaking Truth that is timeless, changeless, and it stands forever the same.  “Jesus Christ…the same yesterday, today, forever!”