Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

Week 31 Day 7

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

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Exodus 20: 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

            The history of humankind finds most of its stories centered around the deep seated covetousness of the sin nature. From the very beginning people have gone to great lengths to acquire something that belonged to someone else, up to and including favor with God. (vis. Cain and Abel, Genesis 4) In the image above so called looters in city disturbances across the country have inflamed the ire of folks who watch the nightly news and we are constantly admonished about the under-privileged in the inner cities and this being a “class uprising”, people just getting their due. Conservative folk are enraged a the concept. Who can blame them?

            The truth of the matter is this, We have created a society where we have idolized the possession of “stuff” and have become so maddened with the lust of greed that many, many people will do whatever it takes to get their hands on the objects of their desire. Never sated, the assault on our neighbors goes on unabated. “If I only have this, life will be so much better.” The greatest lie we tell ourselves. When we take action aimed at satisfying our lust we break the relationship with our neighbors and our responsibility to them. Therein lies the sin.

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