October 15, 2017

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Obeying God’s Law
Exodus 20:18-26

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“The Earth Is Filled with Your Love”

We who live in the United States are mourning the loss of human life again as a nation. On Sunday, October 1, a domestic terrorist shot a hailstorm of bullets down from a glass building on a late Las Vegas night. The authorities are still in search of this mass murderer’s motives for such a heinous crime, but our questions should go beyond just why. With each mass shooting, we keep going through the motions, without much introspection or penance. Political groups point the finger and blame each other for the dastardly deed. It’s a continuous cycle of violence that seems to have no end. This is because we are asking the wrong questions. Along with asking why this keeps happening, we need to discern who we are. Who do we want to be as a faithful community in Christ? Who do we want to be in the midst of a country that forges its weapons way too often?

When we search for who we are, we attempt to make a return to our Maker, the source of life. The psalms remind us of God’s original intention for humanity. “Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge” (Psalm 119: 54 NIV). Humans were created for love, to worship God, and to enjoy God and a full life. We were not meant for committing random acts of lethal violence. The psalmist declares, “In the night, LORD, I remember your name” (Psalm 119:55 NIV). When it is dark outside, the stars are bright, and the moon is full, we remember the One who gave them to us. Whether it is cloudy or sunny outside during the day, we give credit to the God who is responsible for it all. Creation reminds us every day that we are not alone and that the commandments God has given us to love and obey are for our well-being (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).

Given the fact that God shows us God’s love all around, how should we as followers of Christ respond to these killings? I think that David had the right idea—we should be filled with righteous indignation (Psalms 119:53). This anger should lead us to act in a way in which we see God’s love in everyone. We should serve God by telling and showing the world who we as people are meant to be.

  • How can we tell our community that people were meant for peace and worship?
  • Is there such a thing as righteous indignation? Why or why not?

—Rod Thomas, miteewarrior@gmail.com

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Rod Thomas is a child-centered, fair-minded academic; a Christian who sometimes writes; and an aspiring preacher and layperson at University Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. He is actively involved in his congregation’s homeless and children’s ministries and is a syndicated blogger for MennoNerds.

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