|Published on Thu, May 21, 2020 3:00 PM|
Meditation for 22 May 2020 by Cara McKenzie
“Judge not, that ye be not judged….Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock, and it shall be opened to you…. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:1,7,12a
As I write this, a pandemic is rampant not just in our country, but world-wide; making us suddenly, undeniably, a global village and irrefutably our brothers’ keeper. This virus does not discriminate among race, gender, or religious affiliation. Its insatiable hunger recognizes no state lines, no intercontinental boundaries. We are suddenly dependent upon each other for PPEs, medical care, basic necessities—our very survival! Partisanship and prejudice have not served us well within our government or our communities, even though we have vainly persisted for centuries, reluctant to turn over our destiny to the teachings of a “Middle Eastern Jewish man.” But if we look past our differences and review the Beatitudes, why would we not choose to reach out and accept the outstretched hand of a Messiah who is willing and has the power to make right all the wrongs that are tormenting us? Why would we not choose to ask, knowing that it shall be given? Not seek, if we shall find? Not knock, if it shall be opened, if only we could redirect our path from this brutal “Highway to Hell” to a purer, more disciplined path leading to the narrow gate that is the only entry portal to God’s Kingdom?
The good news is that although the world is floundering, our Lord is a loving God. He has provided directives to help us find our way. Just two of these directives, “Judge not that ye be judged,” and ‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you” would be enough to stabilize the entire secular world, while it comes to its senses and realizes that we are ALL God’s children: ALL brothers and sisters each to the other, regardless of skin color, religion, cultural differences, petty differences, or pointless dissension. People have spent lifetimes debating disciplines and teachings, attempting to build a solid world on shifting sand instead of sharpening Occam’s razor and shifting to the rock-solid truth of God’s Word in the light of His way.
Everlasting life in the world as we know it in this pandemic would be untenable. I wonder how much more perilous the world must become before we can recognize what a precious gift we have been entrusted with; before we can become better stewards of Nature and each other; before we realize it’s time to “Let go and let God!" ... Hallelujah! Amen.
1 Samuel 2:1-10 Psalm 85, 86 Ephesians2:1-10 Matthew 7:22-27