Day 8 of 40 days of Lenten Posts
How quick are your moves?
Would you run to put a stop to the sin that angers God?
In my daily bible reading in the book of Numbers 25:1-13 I came across the story of God’s anger against the Israelites for having sexual relationships with Moabite women and then worshipping the gods of Moab.
All those who participated were to be executed.
In the midst of this showing of God’s wrath one of the Israelite men took a Midianite woman into his tent, right in front of Moses and all the people who were mourning the loss of the 24,000 who were destroyed. A stupid act, but arrogant people can be a mite stupid.
One man, Phinehas, was so grieved by what was grieving God that he picked up his spear and RAN to the man’s tent and put a spear through the man and the woman. This act turned God’s anger from the people.
One man who took up the cause for God was able to stop death.
That man had a heart that hurt with what hurt God’s heart and he moved quickly.
I want to be like that.
I want the things that grieve God’s heart to grieve mine.
But for me, and you, it must go one step further, we must be willing to do something about it. I am not suggesting that we go around killing people who are sinning; if that were the case we would have to kill ourselves because we are all sinners.
I do suggest that we can take up causes that are dear to God’s heart, the poor, the helpless, the widow, justice, the unborn, etc.
How do you choose what to get involved with?
What are you passionate about?
If your heart is for the poor look into programs your community has and get involved.
If your heart grieves for those who find themselves in the position of an unwanted pregnancy go to your local crisis pregnancy center and find out how you can help.
Are you fed up with how things are run in your community; get involved in the government locally. Something as simple as being on your homeowner's association board is a start.
Does your blood boil when you hear of someone being killed by a drunk driver? Get involved with MADD.
I am a writer of fiction and I see this as a vast and wide open field to be used for bringing righteousness back into the world. No preaching please, it only turns people off. A well written story, dealing with the issues of life in a God fearing way, that is believable, will reach people that a preacher in a pulpit will never touch.
What tugs at your heart strings, look there first.
If the madness of the world is to be brought back into order it begins with us.