Week 4 Day 1
Exodus 32:17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war in the camp.”
I paused in my back yard today and listened to the sound of baby robins clamoring all together at one time to be fed. A while later I had the dubious pleasure of refereeing and argument between three of my grandchildren. They all spoke at the same time in ever increasing volume.
As I read the news headlines this morning from across the political and social spectrum I heard the same kinds of arguments all at ever increasing volumes and all trying to do the other with hyperbole and invective. Everyone seemed to have a complaint or a cure for the current situation of racial and social unrest. Everyone seemed to find someone or some group to blame for the current “crisis”.
I firmly believe that the problems which plague our nation have taken many years to ferment into the bitter wine we see being poured out today. I also believe that the answer to all of these issues and needs can be found in the life and death, the resurrection and ascension of a Jewish man who has been proven without doubt to be the very son of the God of heaven.
Many criticize Christian belief because of this crazy cruel world in which so many people are unfulfilled and miserable. They are wrong. I sympathize with them in their misery. I understand their frustration. I also understand that self-willed people of all races have used the name of Jesus to perpetrate the worst kinds of injury and injustices this world has seen. For that I am heartily sorry.
The true Way of Christ is to love with all of our being every person even those who hate and revile us. I am first to admit that I am a poor representation of my Lord, but as I confess my sins and seek His forgiveness I hope that I might in some small way point to that greatest of loves that has set me free from the noise and bitterness of these sad days.