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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 2, 2018

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TUESDAY, October 2

Psalm 97:7 Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! Bow down before him, all you gods.

As I write this reflection, our nation is roiled and riven by contentious debate over certain Civil War-era statues in public parks and government offices. Some feel the statues should be destroyed and consigned to the scrap heaps of history. Others would like to see them placed in museums. Voices on both sides have been shrill and combative. Each faction stands firm that its viewpoint is the right one and that the other side has it completely wrong. 

There is a clear, concise third opinion: God, if we stop and listen, offers a different perspective. We might realize we are fighting about carved images—idols—that have no power to love or help or save us. Regardless of how impressively carved or cast those images are, regardless of the history they reflect, false gods are not the true and living God and never will be. We will always feel confounded and make poor choices when we forget the God we are to worship.

MOVING FORWARD: What confounds you most about the statue debate? How will you work through those feelings? 

PRAY for the Diocese of Ifo (Nigeria)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | Hosea 4:1-10 | Acts 21:1-14 | Luke 5:12-26 

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