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SHOULD WE SAVE THE MULE OR SAVE THE PEOPLE

As Dan and I were returning from Nashville the other day we noticed again the sign off of Highway 70 at Liberty. The sign was placed just below the famous mule that was painted on the side of the rocks many years ago. Somehow, over the course of time this painted mule has become sort of a historical landmark for DeKalb County. There have been various attempts to record its history although it is difficult for people to completely agree on all the details.

When it was announced that Highway 70 was going from 2 lanes to four lanes and possibly five including a turning lane, people began to ask, "What will happen to the mule?" A move was started to protect the mule and evidently from the looks of the beginning phases of the work, it looks as though the mule will be saved! Now, I'm not against saving the mule. I was just wondering if we haven't misplaced our priorities at times.

When Jesus came to the earth He spent his time trying to convince people, not animals or things, to see clearly their spiritual condition and to work diligently to bring it into line with God's teachings. He also gave the responsibility of carrying on that work to the Apostles and disciples who were to pass it on to others until it has reach the 2 1 st century and you and me. We are all busy trying to balance our life and schedules, but somewhere in their we need to make sure that we are trying to save the people. We have organizations whose primary work is to "Save the Whale" and "Save the Turtle" and "Save the Eagle" and "Save the Snail Darter" and save every other kind of animal. The only organization the has the responsibility to "Save the People" is the church. How are we doing?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward
Smithville church of Christ