Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, June 1, 2021

Perfectly Justified Actions


The Tulsa race massacre took place May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of White residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US.”  This massacre was one example of mankind’s inhumanity in recorded history.  If someone were to ask any of the many perpetrators of terrible acts over the centuries and across the globe, they would no doubt claim, from the bottom of their hearts, that they were perfectly justified and that it was the fault of the victims.


However, the Bible says that there is a way that seems right but the end of that is death (Proverbs 14:12).  Almost everyone thinks their way is correct, but God judges our hearts (Proverbs 21:2).  John Piper in his February 2018 website, Desiring God, wrote an article entitled, “Don’t Let Your Heart Deceive You.” He stated, “Your heart is very sinful, very deceptive, and it will trick you over and over again into thinking this TV show, or this pursuit of fame, or this perfect family, or this money will be more satisfying than Christ.”  Moreover, many misguided people believe their cause, their doctrine, their group is more worthy than others and deserves to be the one in a superior position.


Whenever one decides that their way, their group, their belief, their doctrine, or point of view is the only way that is acceptable, we must turn to God and ask Him to show us His way.  Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  Today God wants us to seek Him and not to hurt others while promoting our cause.  Although we may think hurting others is perfectly justified, God wants us to humbly submit to obedience to Him rather than putting down another. He is the only judge; we are not to judge others (Matthew 7:1-3). We are to simply obey His word and love our God and our neighbors as well as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).  We are to go about doing good and being a Godly representative on the earth. Let us obey God and help others.


Proverbs 14:12

New International Version

12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.


Proverbs 21:2

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2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.


John 14:6 

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6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.


Matthew 7:1-3

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1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 
2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?


Matthew 22:37-39

New International Version

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’






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