#244 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Psalm 62:10 Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Poverty, or, at least the perception of being impoverished in comparison to someone else, frequently results in an attitude that gives one permission to steal, to take, appropriate, liberate, someone else’s property without their permission often using force and intimidation to accomplish that end. Sadly, this is not as some would have you believe a racial thing. Whites, Blacks, Asians, and even American Indians can be seen in the news footage of city riots. We have seen this over and over ad nauseum in our cities for the last couple of years. Couched in the phony rhetoric of civil unrest citing “racism” police abuse of power, and overall cultural laziness, corruption and “systemic” (Read: paranoid perception of others who just really don’t care) prejudice, the problem does not seem to go away. It’s almost as if a two year old were having a tantrum. How and when a people respond to that tantrum is almost too frightening to contemplate.
That being the way things are, let us look at history to perhaps find some answers. It is reported that as preacher, philosopher John Wesley traveled through out the British Isles that in the wake of his preaching and teaching whole towns were transformed by the love of Jesus and the message of entire sanctification. True change, where taverns and jails were closed because they were no longer needed. What? An apocryphal fantasy you say?
True, change only lasts as long as the heart remains closely bonded to Jesus, no matter what. A true Christian lifestyle, and yes I freely admit that human beings have done a lot to ruin the image of Christ in the world by their own greed and sinfulness, will in the end result in changed lives, mutual love, and joy for those who choose to enter in.