There are events that bring a variety of people into each other’s company like no other time: Weddings, the birth of a baby and funerals.
Recently a dear Christian friend passed away quite suddenly. No previous illness, no warning signs and definitely not from old age. It was said, “…the heart just stopped beating…” This was unfathomable to all who received this unsettling news.
The Ties That Bind
In the midst of weathering the “sting” and finality of death; there were those in attendance at the funeral service who decided to further their private agenda’s of divisiveness. This was accomplished by ignoring [neither speaking to, nor acknowledging] select individuals. They went as far as committing other demonstrations of personal disdain [refusing conciliatory handshakes or embraces].
The Irony and the Hypocrisy
These were not just random folks. These were ministers, former church members, former friends and sadly in some cases, relatives of one another. These were leaders of entire congregations. These are Sunday school teachers, teaching the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ to young and old alike. These are people who influence and lead within their communities, jobs, and their children at home. These are people who presumably are spreading the teachings of Jesus to “…love one another…”
This writer will not take credit for the keen insight of one of the “disdained” who after service remarked:
Isn’t it incredible to consider that the Lord God Almighty could have a civil conversation with Satan, but Christians refuse to converse with those they no longer include within their social circle? If we all believe we’re going to heaven; what will we do when we see each other there?”
Job 1:6-12 – New International Version (NIV)
6 One day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan[b] also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “…Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
The art of communication, conversation, well-wishing, and politeness; are all these part of the ‘lost art’ of being human? How can this kind of animosity thrive among those who say they are of the “Body” of our Lord and Savior? We put Him to an open shame by those who look for the “light of His glory,” shining within our lives and the lives of those we touch.
John 1:4 – “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind”
The light of reason, as well as the life of sense, are derived from Him, and depend upon Him. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness comprehends it not. Let us pray without ceasing, that our eyes may be opened to behold this Light that we may walk in it; and thus be made wise unto salvation, by faith in Jesus Christ.
We know what to do:
Let us pray for those who despitefully use us…
“But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you…” Matthew 5:44 American King James Version (AKJV)
Back in 2009 J.L. shared on YouTube a song by “The Black Eyed Pea’s” performed on The View called: “Where Is the Love” That YouTube video got 1,266,862 views, plus Yours. Here is the link, note the lyrics and enjoy: http://youtu.be/pYrVQP-IBmE
And as always… BE BLESSED! The Light Keeper