I just got off an exciting conversation with two guys, who I consider to be among the best friends that I have. They meet together with a group of guys once per month to discuss some of the more difficult and more valuable pieces of Christian writing, so I had a chance to have a phone conversation with both of them after their meeting this morning (4/19/14). They are both pretty smart. They gave me some sound advice.
Moses was pretty smart as well, but his father-in-law gave him some valuable smart advice: divide up this work load that you are carrying and handle only the intellectually more difficult cases yourself. He was advising Moses to limit his personal scope. This is certainly good advice. But it is easy to overlook what had to come first. Before you limit your scope, as I was advised this morning, you have to make sure the whole scope is seen and covered! It is through seeing the whole scope and seeing our own limitations that we can best follow Jethro's advice.
Christian education as well as public education are at a dismal place right now. Despite greater and greater dollars going into the system and some individual highlights, there is no program in education right now that is lighting up the score board except on a more local basis. It appears too that these sometimes great efforts are also reaching a fatigue state. Changing the curriculum every 5 years is not cutting it. What can we do about this?
I think we need to follow Jethro's advice in a 21st century way. So let's first figure out the B.C. advice he gave to Moses before converting it to A.D. advice to us. First, to bridge from one to the other, you need to buttress each end of the bridge. Let's start then with Exodus 18: