Thursday, March 28

My Own Moral Compass

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 
From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.
If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
—Psalm 17:1-5

The psalmist doesn't see the crowd mentality as an excuse. Having integrity means acting according to my own moral compass. Living in a violent society does not mean I have to live by violence. Just because everyone around me is armed to the teeth does not dictate that I need to keep weapons at hand. God's steadfast love is a better defense than a handgun. What's the point of protecting my body if my commitment to weaponry endangers my soul?

May my actions, words, and thoughts be filled with your shalom, O God; in the Name of the Prince of Peace, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

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