Thursday, June 13

Misplaced Priorities

For not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm give them victory; but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, for you delighted in them.
—Psalm 44:3

We spend far too much time in this nation worshiping weapons and those who carry them. The Bible knows nothing of this. Especially in the psalms, we read over and over (and over) again that God's arm is our strength, God's light is our guide. To make heroes of those in the armed forces while ignoring other faithful persons fulfilling their calling is idolatry and indicative of our misplaced priorities. It is wrong to vilify those whose job demands that they carry weapons. But it is also wrong to place their calling on a higher plane than those who fulfill their calling without weaponry.

Help me maintain my faith in you, Lord, and keep me from worshiping those who do their jobs—even those who act according to your will. I pray this in the Name of the Christ, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

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