DayBreaks for 2/19/16: What Humans Can Do
In recent months we’ve been witness to terrifying images coming out of the middle east as terrorists have beheaded newspaper reporters and other captives. We hear stories about suicide bombers who not only kill themselves, but women, children and babies. Thankfully, most of us will never see someone tortured to death. I pray we never do.
In The Undoing of Death, Fleming Rutledge wrote: “But we are implicated in the powers of darkness just the same. Yesterday there was an article in the New York Times about the movement to save the nuclear sites where the bombs were developed as tourist attractions. One U.S. Senator said of the B Reactor, where plutonium was made for the Nagasaki bomb, “It would not be a place to spend a fun day; it would be sort of like the Holocaust Museum.” But the president of the B Reactor Museum Association spoke with pride of the technological achievement: “When you stand in front of the reactor, you realize what humans can do…” Yes. When you look at a picture of the Crucifixion, you realize this is what humans can do.”
She makes a good point. We want to believe the best about ourselves. We want to deny that humans can do the kind of things “they” do…and then we realize to our great horror that we are “they.” But we should present the other side of the picture, too: picture Mother Theresa, the apostle Paul on his missionary journeys, the martyrs in the jungles of South America as they carried the love of Jesus to the Waodani. Yes, we are responsible for the Crucifixion. We can also do things of such wonder and beauty, empowered by the Holy Spirit, that we scarcely are recognizable as humans. It is at that moment in time that we must closely resemble the God in Who’s image we were created. Humans, you see, are capable of both extremes. That means we can choose. What have you been choosing? What will you choose in the moment of decision?
Romans 13:12 –The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don’t live in darkness . Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourselves with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we want to be children of the Light, not of the darkness. Help us to truly bear your image and likeness to people who so desperately need Your help. Let us turn away from the unfruitful works of darkness. May we become all that You intend for us to be! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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