When the dairyman is late with the feed, what’s the best way to react? From a cow’s point of view the obvious answer is to turn over and destroy the portable feed troughs which the dairyman has provided to keep the feed clean, and readily available for her. That’ll teach the dairyman. Now he’ll have to pour the feed on the ground.
To most of us, this sounds foolish. But is it not the way many react when they are disappointed by someone else?
A brother or sister in Christ hurt my feelings. I’ll show them. I won’t go back to church.
God didn’t answer my prayers the way I wanted him to. I’ll teach him. I won’t pray to him anymore.
One of my blood siblings disappointed me. I’ll get them. I won’t talk to them and I will separate myself from the whole family.
My government doesn’t function or react the way I believe it ought to. I’ll make the leaders pay. I’ll go out into the community which provides my needs, destroy my neighbor’s property, cause chaos and havoc for total strangers and public servants, and injure innocent people.
When a cow is forced to eat her feed off the ground because she destroyed her feed trough due to her disappointment in the tardiness of the dairyman, we call her actions foolishness and her consequences karma. When we face disciplinary actions or devastation because we sullenly burn relationship bridges, destroy other people’s property, or hurt innocent people, we call the actions displays of righteous indignation and the consequences unjustifiable retribution.
One animals foolishness is considered another person’s righteous indignation. Go figure.
“1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:1-7)
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