1 Kings 3:16-28

1 Kings 3:16-28

They argued back and forth in front of Solomon, 23 until finally he said, “Both of you say this live baby is yours. 24 Someone bring me a sword.”

A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, 25 “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.” 26 “Please don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.”

The other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.”

27 Solomon said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.”

28 Everyone in Israel was amazed when they heard how Solomon had made his decision. They realized that God had given him wisdom to judge fairly.

Fast forward to Fall of 2014, locked in a heated race for governor, both sides argued vehemently how much they loved education. Both sides claimed credit for providing more funds to education and protecting education from cuts.

And now here we are at the crossroads…

If revenue is not raised, King Solomon’s sword will drop on education. Some argue that we should just make more cuts, some argue the only responsible solution is to raise taxes, and still others argue that it’s not their mess to fix. I understand all of these arguments and their strategic implications. I also know that if we do not act with the wisdom of Solomon, children will suffer.