Words

B1_14 Here are some excerpts of an article from Thomas Sowell…renown world economist. I have enjoyed his work for many years. It speaks of the power of language–even titles–to shape basic assumptions a subject’s content.

"Are you for or against "social justice"? A no-brainer. Who is going to be for injustice?

What about "a living wage"? Who wants people not to have enough money to live on?

Then there is "affordable housing" and "affordable health care." Who would want people to be unable to afford to put a roof over their heads or unable to go to a doctor when they are sick?

In real life, the devil is in the details. But the whole point of political rhetoric is to make it unnecessary for you to have to go into the specifics before taking sides.

You don’t need to know any economics to be in favor of "a living wage" or "affordable housing." In fact, the less economics you know, the more you can believe in such things.

For those who speak of great spiritual mysteries…food for thought.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. What gets me is the suspicious, negative, and condescending attitude of many I have met toward the concept of grace. My most controversial sermon preached at this church was on the topic of grace, controversial because many reject the idea of unmerited favor. How can you be against unmerited favor? I know what they think, it is some kind of license to sin, but gee whiz, unmerited favor? Who can be against that? I wonder, is there a way to restructure our talk of grace that would make it easier for people to embrace it?