Absorbing God’s Word
“But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” 1 John 2:11
Applying God’s Word
Like many of you, I have been wrestling with all the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd. I find myself praying for George, his family and friends, for the officers charged with his death and for all those who are using this as an opportunity to commit their own crimes of violence and hate.
Prejudice, discrimination and hate for our brothers and sisters has been around since Cain and Abel. I’m sure each one of us would admit to having anger at one time or another toward someone who has hurt us deeply. As angry as I’ve been, I’ve never vandalized or stolen someone else’s property nor inflicted bodily harm on another person.
My anger doesn’t entitle me to take the law into my own hands, either. Those who do, like to do so in the darkness hoping not to be seen. They are blind to the fact that God sees and records it all.
Accounting of God’s Word
Am I walking around in darkness? Is my heart filled with prejudice, discrimination and hate for others? How close am I to Jesus, really?