October 18, 2017 – Wednesday
Hebrews 10:35[NIV] So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
1 John 2:11(a) [NIV] But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness.
Revelation 7:9(b) [NIV] there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
Recently racial slurs were written on message boards at one of my country’s military academies. In response, the Commandant called together all cadets, faculty, and officers and talked about how they, as human beings, must be outraged at such behavior. He said the appropriate response to evil ideas are better ideas. And his better idea was this: do not throw away confidence in civil discourse about the power of diversity.
The Commandant was certainly taking a risk – given all the present challenges to our faith and civilization. After all, it’s so easy to turn away when darkness approaches. It’s too easy to forget that someday we will see the light of His diversity before the Throne and before the Lamb. And so, it’s one thing to clean the message boards. It’s one thing to quietly investigate to find the author of those racial slurs. But it’s quite another thing for the Commandant to raise the issue of bigotry to a moral level – a level demanded by Christ.
As Christian public servants, we must also respond at a moral level when darkness approaches. Have confidence in the breakroom to engage in a conversation about the power of diversity – the diversity you see today and the diversity you will surely see before the Throne and before the Lamb. Have confidence to speak up at lunch and in meetings – as Christ demands.
Today at work, have the courage to be like that Commandant. Do not be silent when darkness approaches. Have courage to respond as Christ demands. And you will be richly rewarded!
Jesus, You love all the children – red and yellow, black and white and brown. Loving less is darkness. Give me strength to remember who will be before the Throne and before the Lamb. And let me join them in this world and the next. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Larry H. Hanson
Valdosta, Georgia USA