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The New Math

There’s been a lot of controversy in recent years due to what is supposed to be a better way to teach math to children. In this new method (if I understand it correctly) it supposes the process one uses to find the answer is as important as getting the answer correct. Now that simple analysis may or may not be correct and I’m not competent to comment on which way is better, the old way or the new way, but what I am certain about is that 2 plus 2 still equals four. Just try to go to any bank and draw out $5.00 when you’ve only made two deposits of $2.00 and you will find that no matter the process you use you’re not going to get the $5.00. It is essential we learn those mathematical truths or laws in order to be able to function successfully in society. In the very same way, there are spiritual truths, spiritual laws, which we must recognize if we are going to be successful in our Christian walk. Jesus spoke one of those truths when He said, “You are the light of the world.” We can easily understand that can’t we? How many of us have stubbed a toe at night in the darkness? It almost hurts to think about it, right? Well, there is a whole world out there walking in darkness. Is it any wonder there is hurt and brokenness all around? Jesus says the world needs us showing them where the dangers are, showing them a better way. But Jesus also clarifies what type of light we are to be in order to really show a better way. He says, “Let your light so shine among men that they might see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) The spiritual truth is we have to live a better way in order to show a better way to those who are walking in darkness. Even as 2 plus 2 will only equal 4, so also people will only see God when we add godliness to our lives. We can try other processes and techniques but it will still come back to this simple truth, if people are going to know it we have to show it. As the old song said, “You are the finger of God don’t you see? You know somebody who is in need. Point them to Calvary, show them the way. You are the finger of God today.”

~ Bro. Kim Beckwith

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