Cautiousness Lsn 4 Recognizing that the majority is often wrong

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Fear driven crowds, political correctness, mob rule, a pure democracy... all of them eventually lead to a breakdown of society as the groups look to numbers to be safe, or to a strong man ruler to take over and protect them... When everything is a purely group only decision, often those who see a different way get shouted down or made into some form of target, even considered the problem... and yet, it is the one who can clearly follow what is right and "swim against the tide" that can show the correct way to protect and move a people. Caleb was such a leader. He listened to what was right, stayed with his people, suffered along with them when the crowds chose the wrong path, and was vindicated as a man after God's ways. Caleb, a leader who knew that sometimes it is the narrow way that is the best...

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Recognizing that the majority is often wrong:

Recognizing that the majority is often wrong   Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it .   Matthew 7:13-14    Character Sketches, Vol. 3 IBLP, 1978, pages 66-77 various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 4

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Known by many names, including “tail-in-the-air” Lives up to 7yrs in the wild, 10 in captivity Remains active all winter long From Scripture… Strong leader Warned strongly against fear & unbelief Battled to claim his inheritance

The American Red Squirrel:

The American Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus ( tamia =chipmunk, sciurus = shadowtail , squirrel; hudsonicus =of the Hudson Bay, where European naturalists first reported them in 1771 ) Diet: nuts, fruits , insects, & seeds , esp. green seeds of cone-bearing trees Type: Vertebrate Weight : about 7 oz Size : 11-14” Average life span in the wild: 2-8 years Habitat:  mixed hardwood-conifer forest ( esp. spruce , hemlock, pine, or fir )

Constantly on the move…:

C onstantly on the move… *You make a number of nests in various locations & often each has a different use~ nursery, food storage, or sleeping *Your feet, legs, tail, & underside have sensory hairs that let you run along branches without looking *You are armed with claws to hang on to branches & not fall even in 40+mph winds… * Your greatest enemy is fear, so you attempt to be very alert

Cautiousness in Scripture :

Cautiousness in Scripture Red squirrels tend to be very alert & will sound noisy alarms… (Isaiah 62:6-7) As Christians, it is our absolute work to warn the unbeliever of his or her danger, & to remind the believer of the consequences of being lax… Ezekial 33:6-9, 18-19; Matthew 7:21-27

Caution in giving…:

Caution in giving… A large company expects 100% participation in an annual charity drive, and usually gets it. However, a pro-life Christian employee discovers some of the funds given support abortions. O ther at-work Christians urge him to give anyway, since the charity does so much other great work… What should he do?

He knew the dangers of disobeying God…:

He knew the dangers of disobeying God… * Born a slave, he witnessed first hand the power of God & followed Him fully … Joshua 14:8 * Fear did not cause him to lose faith ; he did suffer the consequences of others’ unbelief … Numbers 14:8-10 , 22-35 *He was finally fully vindicated… Josh 14:9-15

The Gate Not Taken~ an adaptation of "The Road Not Taken“ :

The Gate Not Taken~ an adaptation of "The Road Not Taken“ Two roads diverged along life's path, & sorry I could not travel both & be one traveler, long I stood & looked down the one as far as I could To where it opened, wide, peopled & fair;   Then took the other, more lonely, less clear , But having perhaps the better claim , Because it was less worn & wanted wear ; Though up to the gates, the pathways had been worn about the same,   Both that morning equally lay, & the choice was clearly mine. Oh , I thought to keep the first for another day! Yet knowing now to what it leads, its seductive charm has lost its shine...   I shall be telling this with great joy Somewhere ages & ages hence : Two roads diverged along my path, & I? I took the one less traveled by , & that has made all the difference . Narrow is the way that leads to life …

Choose the path less taken…:

Choose the path less taken… Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, & broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, & many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, & narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, & few there be that find it .   Matthew 7:13-14 

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