Posts Tagged ‘hatred’

The Change

June 17, 2014

Don’t Mess With God’s Chosen One

May 23, 2014

Don’t Mess With God’s Chosen One

 

1 Samuel 26:11: But the LORD forbid that I should kill the one he has anointed. But I’ll tell you what—we’ll take his spear and his jug of water and then get out of there.

 

“He’s such a jerk,” Josh commented to his friend Giles as they left the office room.

 

“He’s just trying to get things going,” Giles answered.

 

“But they’re all so stupid. Just because he went to Harvard doesn’t mean he knows everything.”

 

“Maybe if we support him, it’ll go better,” Giles said.

 

“Oh, so you’re on his side now?” Josh replied.

 

Criticism. Have you ever spent some time criticizing your pastor, your leaders, your teachers, your spouse, your boss? Of course you have. It’s a normal thing to do.

 

But that doesn’t make it right. In the Bible story we’re looking at today, we see David in a difficult situation with King Saul. Saul wanted to kill David. Meanwhile, David fled here and there, managing always to escape. But in this situation, David had a chance to eliminate King Saul once and for all. Strangely, David refused. Why? Because he knew God had made Saul king. To hurt Saul, much as he deserved it, would invite God’s anger.

 

Criticizing and putting down the people God has put into positions of leadership in your life is wrong. God wants you to respect and value those people, even if they do flub up now and then. What will you do next time someone criticizes your leaders?

 

Prayer: Jesus, help me to support my leaders, even when I think they’re wrong. Amen.

The Reality of Hell

May 4, 2014

Real Life and the Reality of Hell

 

I recently received some very bad news. My wife, Jeanette, stepped into my office in tears. She told me about an e-mail she’d just received from a friend. This friend’s daughter had been taken out of college and put into a drug rehab program because of her problems with drug addiction. But the friend wrote that she had been “kicked out of the program, because she wouldn’t admit she had an addiction problem.”

 

I thought that was the end of it, but Jeanette said, “While her daughter was in counseling, though, she told the real story. As a freshman, she was raped in her dorm room by three massive football players. During the ordeal, they taunted her about her virginity, which apparently they knew about, as she had been a fervent witness for Jesus. These three beat her physically, raped her, sodomized her, and then left. She bled for four days, but told no one about it because of the shame, because of her belief that no one would support her. Later, these three football players were exposed. They had done this to several other women. Two of them were expelled. But the one who was too good a player to expel plays in the NFL today.

 

I sat there in tears as I listened. Jeanette said her friend told her that “her daughter’s faith in humanity has been deeply shaken.”

 

To date, this young woman won’t reveal who these men are, nor will she pick up a phone and seek counseling from her church or anyone else. The mother said she believes her daughter’s faith has been “rocked to its foundations,” maybe obliterated.

 

In a later e-mail, the mother wrote me, after I corresponded with her several times trying to offer some comfort, that she “wishes she could have her precious daughter back, where she had been before the rape.” But she believes now that she will never see that happy, charming, and loving person again.

 

In truth, this is the kind of situation that turns my stomach. How could God let something like that happen in this world? And to a Christian, to whom he has written over and over in the Bible that he will protect us, and deliver us from evil, and be present through any trial or trouble?

 

THE NEWS

As I look over the news today, it is, as usual, a picture of the same old horrors:

            Suicide bombings.

            Insurrections in Libya and Syria where the government is murdering peaceful demonstrators daily.

            A serial killer on the loose.

            A drunk driver killing a small child.

            A drive by in which several people were killed, including two children.

 

I could go on and on. Yet, people see this and some don’t even think evil exists. “It just happens. There is no devil, no evil being or person out there getting these things to happen. It’s just part of the human condition,” I heard Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist, say on a show. No one knows why. It’s just a fact of life.

How do you offer anyone hope and comfort in the face of such events?

 

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