As usual, my knowledge of news events is way behind most folks.
I just rarely watch the news.
Let’s be honest; it’s discouraging.
I’ve found that if I spend much time watching, it gets me pretty riled up.
And that’s not a good thing.
Of course, unless you live in a bubble, the bigger things come to your attention sooner or later.
That’s when I take some time to find out for myself what is going on.
The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, has flabbergasted me.
I am in no position to speak towards the shooting death of the young man.
I certainly wasn’t there and have no idea what happened or why it happened.
It’s the aftermath that stumps me.
How does rioting in the streets solve anything?
If Les were still living, he would say “Don’t these people have jobs?”
We’ve never had the time or the finances to travel across the country to protest.
I guess I’m just naïve in my thinking that we have a court system to handle such things.
Is it a perfect system?
No, but it beats the heck out of anarchy or martial law!
It seems we just get crazier and crazier as a people.
But, we really don’t!
It’s been much the same throughout history.
The faces changes, but that’s about it.
Case in point:
This month I am enjoying the Book of Acts.
This morning I was in chapter 19, verses 23-41.
Seems those of “the Way” were causing some hiccups in the idol market.
New believers just simply stopped buying them.
That affected the merchants’ bottom line
and they didn’t like it.
Some of the more out-spoken ones stirred up the people
and scared them about the future of their town.
“So, the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed in the theater with one accord.”
Verse 31 goes on to say
“Some therefore cried one thing and some another,
for the assembly was confused,
and most of them did not know why they had come together.”
The crowd was hard to settle down.
Eventually the city clerk was able to quiet them,
assure them of the facts, and encourage them to do nothing rashly.
He went on in verses 37-40 to say that those involved in this situation
had the court system available to them if they desired to bring charges.
“For we are in danger of being called in question (charged with rebellion)
for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give
to account for this disorderly gathering.” (vs 40)
Yes, I know someone’s death is way different from losing some income.
But look at the way the people reacted.
Sounds kind of similar, doesn’t it?
When we allow our emotions to take control,
sanity seems to take a back seat.
What is it about the gathering of a mob that morphs us into hysteria?
Some of them in Acts didn’t even know why they were there, but they were there anyway.
How does looting and rioting “fix” the imbalances of our society?
The only “fix” for us is through the shed blood of Jesus.
Hearts transformed by His loving presence in our lives is the answer.
No, that’s not politically correct,
but I don’t care!
IT’S THE TRUTH!!!
Not my truth, but His truth.
There is absolutely nothing out of whack in America that God can’t repair.
And He so desires to lead us.
May our hearts soften to receive Him.
May our hearts be pliable to allow Him to change us from the inside out.
As the hearts of the people change, so goes a nation.
Father, May we realize the hardness of our hearts toward You and one another.
We need You, Lord.
We need Your love to embolden us to love deeply and without prejudice.
In our flesh, we react, sometimes violently.
Through Your Spirit, You teach us to respond with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
In Christ’s name. Amen.
Lots of love, Sharon