The word “Talent” has a modern and a biblical meaning, both of which matter to professionals.
The meaning of words, ideas, and their practical impact or track record all have significance to the manufactured housing industry, along with every other profession, and field of endeavor.
Talents has at least two meaning. In the Roman era, a talent was a large sum of money. For modern Americans, the word also means gifts or abilities that may or may not be properly put to use by those who have a certain “talent.”
The power of ‘big government’ impacts manufactured housing daily in America. The rise of a belief in socialism is a driving force for some who believe – right or wrong – in big government.
The obvious solution to misinformation is proper information. That’s in large part educational or learning. Ideally that education is done in useful, informative, accurate, and hopefully compelling ways.
Arguably among the pressures that have harmed manufactured housing for the last two decades is misinformation plus how local, state, and federal officials or others can use – or abuse – information in ways to support policies or programs that are bad for the interests of the industry, and are demonstrably harmful to Americans at large.
One of the driving forces in American politics from the founding of our nation until today has been faith and religious beliefs.
How do the ideas of ‘big government’ or rising socialism in America line up with classic Jewish or Christian thinking? Let’s look at the evidence.
The Ten Commandments are a common belief for Jews and Christians alike. Bible Hub says that Leviticus 19:11 in the NET Bible is transliterated this way, “You must not steal, you must not tell lies, and you must not deal falsely with your fellow citizen.”
Most honest people would agree with those ideals.
These Scripture readings for the first day of the Labor Day weekend in the September issue of Magnificat speaks to similar issues. Above and below – as we’ve done for years – brown and bold text is provided by MHProNews to emphasize a quote. The red below is from the Magnificat.
Ready? Listen up…
- “God chose the weak of the world…”
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 1:26-31.
“Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”
In the ancient Greek, the word “fear” can be understood as “reverential respect,” the type of reverence that a person gives to their Creator. The R is a response or refrain from the people who speak the R phrase, following those sung, chanted or read by the cantor or reader.
R/ (12) Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
From heaven the Lord looks down;
he sees all mankind. R/
But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those
who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine. R/
Our soul waits for the Lord,
who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust. R/
“I give you a new commandment:/ love one another as I have loved you.”
- Since you have been faithful in small matters, come, share your master’s joy.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:14-30:
“Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.
After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’
His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’” [Source: Magnificat, 9.1.2018]
Pretty blunt, isn’t it?
Among the articles below are ones that deal with the troubling rise of socialism in America. Another reflects the sentiment of evangelicals and the upcoming midterms.
Trends, facts, and evidence are ignored by industry professionals, advocates, and investors at their own peril. Properly understanding the thinking and beliefs that drives or influences policies can be practical and compelling to millions.
The latest on the people, events, and stories that influence our industry are found below.
With no further adieu, consider what follows in the light of the above. Happy Sunday, and enjoy your Labor Day weekend.
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